Record setting rains that fell on Sunday in Texas and Oklahoma are still wreaking havoc as flooding continues in the region. The storms dumped enough water that the rivers and creek banks were not able to contain all of the wet weather flow. Runoff peaked as late as Monday in these areas causing the National Weather Service to advise of continued flooding threats.
Last week, the Apache Corporation revealed its new shale deposit in West Texas, calling it Alpine High. Current estimates show the deposit to be worth over $8 billion, containing over three billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
According to United States Geological Survey (USGS), Wolfcamp Shale and overlying Bone Spring Formation in the Delaware Basin part of Texas and New Mexico's Permian Basin province contain a vast quantity of continuous oil and natural gas resources.
In a new study, scientists at Rice University have found that high value strains of oil-rich algae, which can be used as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, can remove more than 50% of phosphorus and 90% of nitrates from wastewater. Working in collaboration with the Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering, the scientists operated a pilot-scale treatment system at a Houston’s wastewater treatment plant.
Two sinkholes in west Texas near the town of Wink are growing rapidly according to a study by Southern Methodist University led by professor Zhong Lu and researcher Jin-Woo Kim. The first sinkhole formed in 1980 and the second in 2002. Both are believed to be originally caused by extensive oil and gas extraction in the region from the 1920's through the 1960's.
It was the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade spun, making landfall in Texas. Harvey developed from a tropical wave to a Category 4 storm, coming ashore on August 25th and causing historic flooding. At peak intensity, the hurricane’s wind speed reached 130 mph. Check below structures that didn’t cope with these powerful winds and the major flooding in the area.