Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Join Us Tonight For ‘The Fracking Boom and the Texas Legislature’

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The rise of drilling techniques like hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has led to new economic prosperity as well as concern. What's the legislature to do? Join us Tuesday, Feb. 26th on the UT Austin campus for a panel discussion.

What role will state lawmakers have in shaping the current oil and gas drilling boom?

Please join us and a panel of several state lawmakers in Austin tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 26 for some answers. We’ll talk about how the historic increase in drilling has impacted different parts of the state and what role lawmakers could play in regulating the rapid increase in drilling. The panel will feature State Senators Rodney Ellis and Carlos Uresti and State Representatives Phil King and Van Taylor, moderated by Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas.

We’ll look at issues like economic and environmental impacts, road damage and traffic, water use and property rights. And you’ll have the opportunity to ask your own questions of the lawmakers during an audience Q&A at the end of the panel.

The event takes place tonight in the 2nd floor auditorium of the Belo Center for New Media on the University of Texas at Austin campus, at the corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe. (And if you can’t join us in person, stay tuned here — we’ll be posting videos from the panel in the days following the event.)

This event is free and open to the public. Doors at 6 pm, and it begins at 6:30. You can RSVP on Facebook here.

Drilling Down: The Fracking Boom and the Texas Legislature

A conversation with State Senators Rodney Ellis, Carlos Uresti and State Representatives Phil King and Van Taylor, moderated by StateImpact Texas

Tuesday, February 26th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Doors at 6)

Belo Center for New Media, UT Austin, 2nd Floor Auditorium


  • Ron

    Will this be available via video or teleconference for those of us that cannot make it to Austin?

    • An excellent question, Ron — Yes, we plan on taping the panel and putting up the video in segments in the days afterward. I’ll add that info to the post.

    • Mose Buchele

      Hi Ron, We’re planning on reporting on the event and will be posting videos of it on our site in the days following. Thanks for your interest!

  • Rebecca

    Thank you for providing the format. I understand there is a National Fracking Summit in Dallas this Sat. March 2. I wish I could go to your event as well as the Dallas one.

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