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EPA report recognizes Texas RRC’s Underground Injection Control Program in mitigating risks

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AUSTIN—The Railroad Commission continues to make positive strides with its Underground Injection Control program, ensuring the protection of underground sources of drinking water and the control of seismic activity, according to a recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Accelerated drying increases potential wildfire ignitions across the state

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Significant wildfire activity has increased statewide, and accelerated drying has elevated the potential for new wildfire ignitions. New wildfires will become increasingly difficult to extinguish if current temperatures and drying conditions persist into August as forecasted, according to Texas A&M Forest Service experts.
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Texas RRC reports June 2020 drilling permits, completion stats

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AUSTIN––The Texas Railroad Commission issued a total of 312 original drilling permits in June 2020, compared to 1,001 in June 2019. The June 2020 total includes 262 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, three to reenter plugged well bores, and 21 for recompletions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those drilling permits is 72 oil, 24 gas, 187 oil or gas, 24 injection, and five other permits.
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Texas Water Development Board extends deadline for regional flood-planning group nominations

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AUSTIN—The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has extended the deadline to this Friday, July 17 for nominations of potential members of Texas’ first-ever regional flood-planning groups. The 15 regional planning groups, formed around river basin boundaries, will require 12 representatives of specific-interest categories, including agriculture, industries, river authorities, counties, municipalities, water districts, flood districts, electric-generating utilities, water utilities, environmental interests, small businesses, and the public. The planning groups will develop regional flood plans by January 2023, which will culminate in the inaugural state flood plan in 2024. Interested candidates can fill out a nomination form available on the TWDB website. The planning group will be named by early fall.
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USDA designates 10 Texas counties as natural disaster areas

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WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 10 Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Carson, Gaines, Hutchinson, Moore, Oldham, Potter, Roberts, Sherman, Terry, and Yoakum counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.
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USDA announces flexibilities for producers filing ‘Notice of Loss’

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WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing additional flexibilities for producers to file on acres with failed crops or crops that were prevented from planting because of extreme weather events. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is adding these flexibilities for notice of loss on both insured and uninsured crops to enable service centers to best assist producers.