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Two Fort Worth council members propose temporary single-family moratorium around TCU

The moratorium would apply to new permits for single-family homes around TCU, and give the city time to figure out what to do with a controversial proposed overlay in several neighborhoods around the university.

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Fresh Ebola fears hit airline stocks

DALLAS (AP) — News that a nurse diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane full of passengers raised fear among airline investors that the scare over the virus could cause travelers to avoid flying.

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Landscape architect behind several TCU landmarks acquired

The Dallas design firm behind several Texas Christian University projects, as well as Globe Life Park in Arlington and AT&T Stadium, has been acquired by Rvi Planning + Landscape Architecture.

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Fort Worth launching Stockyards design task force

The task force, to be chaired by the Fort Worth architect Eric Hahnfeld, would be responsible for confirming the boundaries of the city's planned Stockyards design district and reviewing the work of a consultant.

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Fort Worth council approves tax abatement for Sprouts grocery in Ridglea

The abatement would be to VCB Property, which also won an abatement to build a strip retail center.

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Chevron Marcellus Shale well still burning in Pa., Houston company helps out

DILLINER, Pa. (AP) — State environmental officials and expert firefighters brought in by Chevron monitored a burning Marcellus Shale natural gas well on Wednesday.

The well, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh in Dunkard Township, erupted into flames on Tuesday morning, injuring one worker and leaving one still unaccounted for. State Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Jon Poister said Wednesday night that the fire had partly extinguished itself due to moisture from inside the well. It will take time for multiple investigations to determine the cause.

Chevron said in a statement that it is attempting to control the fire by shutting off the flow of gas and trying to protect two other wells on the site. The company said there was no drilling or hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a procedure that involves blasting water and chemicals deep into the ground, taking place at the well pad at the time of the fire. Crews had been preparing to run steel tubing, which is used to hook wells up to pipeline networks and start production.

The missing worker was employed by Houston-based Cameron International, spokeswoman Sharon Sloan said Wednesday. Sloan said the company doesn't know anything more about the cause of the fire or have details about the missing employee.

Poister said experts from Houston-based Wild Well Control arrived Tuesday evening to begin working on a plan to extinguish the fire and were hoping to have it extinguished and capped Thursday. The Texas company specializes in responding to well site fires around the country, including one in Indiana Township, near Pittsburgh, that killed two welders in 2010.

Poister said air monitors will be placed around the remote well pad site, which is on top of a ridge, and around houses nearby, to check air quality levels once the fire is out. Chevron expressed "sincere regret to those who may be affected."

Chevron said its normal operations in the Appalachian region have been reduced "to ensure we are able to dedicate the appropriate personnel and resources to respond to this."

 

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