When it comes to drilling deep into Texas to bring up oil and natural gas, things can go wrong. Sometimes old oil wells leak. While the Railroad Commission of Texas says it uses fees from oil & gas industry pay for cleaning up so-called orphan wells, government watchdog groups have criticized Texas law as too lax, requiring bonds that aren’t nearly big enough to cover the cost of the remediation of old and polluted well sites. State Impact reporter Dave Fehling traveled to the East Texas oil patch to look into B & B Oil’s deserted wells.
Airs Friday, August 2 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll turn the clock back a bit to 1967, 1969 and 1971 with live cuts from Janis Joplin, the Mammas & Pappas and Steppenwolf plus blues from Erin Mckeown, Buddy Flett, and Moby Grape. We'll also have new cuts from Andrew Bird and Caroline Fenn and some cool tracks from Lamb Chop and David Darling. Then in the concert hour we'll hear two from SXSW with the Choir of Young Believers and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and on Be Quiet and Play The Music we'll wander to Another Green World.
Heather Scarano of Shreveport stands among racks of vintage clothes at Olive Street Thrift. She's accompanied by her 7-year-old daughter, Hendrix, who enjoys creating artwork to benefit animal welfare organizations.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
A new thrift shop in Shreveport has a mission that extends beyond the reuse of vintage clothing and jewelry. The owner of Olive Street Thrift, Heather Scarano, gives away most of her business proceeds to benefit local animal welfare groups. She says her thrift store is an ongoing fundraiser to help animal rescue organizations with the pursuit of one day becoming a no-kill city, where the shelter system doesn’t need to put down dogs and cats. She’s found many like-minded customers.
Northeast, Texas farmer Julia Trigg Crawford resumes her legal battle today against Keystone XL pipeline builder TransCanada. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the case about whether TransCanada is entitled to the power of eminent domain to build the southern leg of the pipeline under construction from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast refineries. Crawford says she’s not backing down.
The number of Louisiana students who want to be part of the state’s Course Choice pilot program is surging with more than 1,000 students now on the waiting list, and hundreds more are expected to sign up ahead of the start of the school year. State superintendent John White said yesterday that his department is combing through its budget to try to find at least another $1.5 million to fund the program.