When his Houston-based company was on the ropes, George Mitchell pushed his engineers to resuscitate a declining North Texas gas field. The solution they came up with transformed the world.
Welcome to the Permian Basin, home of the hottest oil play in the world.
In her new book, Bethany McLean explores the unstable financial future of fracking.
The fault lines had been inactive for 300 million years before fracking started.
The authors call for increased mandatory distance between disposal wells and water sources and for local community members to be more vocal in decisions regarding wastewater.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry might head to the Department of Homeland Security, Texas holds on to the number one spot for energy consumption, and big oil and ranchers battle over water resources in West Texas.
Plus: U.S. Representative Louis Gohmert introduces legislation around fracking.
Using the Dakota Access Pipeline as a blueprint, Native Americans and other activists have brought protests to West Texas.
When OPEC let oil prices plunge, U.S. producers responded by improving fracking technology.
How Aubrey McClendon, “America’s most reckless billionaire,” left some Houston energy firms holding the tab.
If a natural gas company builds a fracking well a half a mile from your house, and then the water coming out of your hose catches fire, you might want to keep it to yourself.
So what’s with all those earthquakes in North Texas? Is fracking really to blame? Let us give you a visual.
Skip Hollandsworth drills into the surprising (and not so surprising) fortunes of Denton’s anti-fracking ballot measure.
Denton's fracking ban is facing constitutional challenges, but other parts of the state are keen to enforce laws of their own against fracking.
I thought being a landman in the Eagle Ford Shale would help replenish my bank account. I quickly got more than I bargained for.
You know that fracking boom? Now it’s putting Texas at the front of a new energy race: exporting natural gas to the rest of the world.
Energy reporter Russell Gold gives us a reason to give a frak about fracking.
Rex Tillerson joined a lawsuit to prevent the construction of a fracking-related project near his ranch in Denton. The irony here is rich.
After the earthquakes in the Barnett Shale, some small-town citizens underwent a surprising transformation.
Federal officials like to remind the public that the invention of hydraulic fracturing owes a great debt to government funding and support. Houston oilman George P. Mitchell would have disagreed.
George Mitchell didn’t set out to launch one of the biggest oil and gas rushes in world history—he just wanted to coax some more gas out of an old well near Fort Worth.
A son of the oil patch chases the new boom in South Texas.
Residents in the more upscale half of the Permian Basin make more money per capita than people in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston.
A University of Texas study found that natural gas drilling may have led to seventy earthquakes in the Barnett Shale region.
StateImpact Texas found a substantial connection between hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," and the sudden surge in Texas quakes.
Is TNT's reboot of the classic soap opera also a mirror of the country's changing relationship with fossil fuels?
Forget the Outer Continental Shelf. There’s a good old-fashioned boom happening in Midland, thanks to a crafty drilling technique that unlocked the secret reserves of the Permian Basin and revived the late, great West Texas oilman.
Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have given us a natural gas boom—and a whole lot of questions.
BP has invested more than $1 billion in wind energy in Texas, Dell's stocks take a dip, and every minute spent waiting in line at the border costs companies $116 million.
The EPA issued a draft report last week linking fracking to groundwater contamination, but this did not cool the industry’s support of the practice.
As hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking) has unlocked untold reserves of natural gas, it has also unleashed a wave of concerns about pollution and, for one family in the Barnett Shale, a long nightmare.