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Fort Worth's new thoroughfare plan aims for more variety in street design

Fort Worth is launching a review of its master thoroughfare plan aimed at accommodating continued suburban growth and central city redevelopment with a greater variety of streets and more efficient traffic flow.

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Holt Hickman, businessman who helped preserve Stockyards, dies at 82

Longtime Fort Worth businessman, philanthropist and preservationist Holt Hickman died Nov. 15, 2014, at the age of 82.

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UPDATE: Could American Airlines move its headquarters?

A key linchpin in the Fort Worth economy, American Airlines Group Inc., is considering sites for a new headquarters, possibly outside the city, the airline’s CEO said this morning.

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Crestwood area hoping to block planned office building

Residents of West Fort Worth’s Crestwood Association are trying to block the rezoning of a small apartment complex at White Settlement Road and North Bailey Avenue to make way for a planned office building, saying it would represent the start of commercial encroachment into their neighborhood.

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Tiger Woods takes a swing at Fort Worth's Dan Jenkins - in print anyway

Rarely does Golf Digest make the news. Leave it to Dan Jenkins to change that.

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Companies report success at Texas conservation symposium
A. Lee Graham

Reporter

Oil and gas operators statewide credit Texas Railroad Commission rule amendments enacted last year for boosting the economic viability in enhancing their water-recycling efforts and helping conserve state water resources.

Making those comments on Thursday at a Texas Oil and Gas Water Conservation and Recycling Symposium in Austin were representatives of 26 companies, including Roanoke-based Fountain Quail Water Management LLC, Baker Hughes and Apache Corp., among others.

The meeting followed last’s year’s amendments to the commission’s recycling rules. They were made to encourage further conservation, reuse and recycling of produced water by oil and gas operators in the oilfield.

“Today, operator Fasken Oil and Ranch reported that they expect to no longer use freshwater in their operations by the end of June 2014, resulting in a total of approximately 2.3 million gallons of fresh water left in the ground,” Commissioner Christi Craddick said at the meeting.

“Due to the drought our state is currently experiencing, the importance of water conservation and scrutiny over water usage continues to grow, and the industry is doing their part in conserving this precious resource,” Craddick said.

At the symposium, industry representatives updated Craddick and staff on industry best practices in water recycling and conservation. Accomplishments discussed during symposium discussion include:


·         Recycling has significantly reduced the use of fresh water in oil and gas production operations.

·         Companies that gave presentations reported recycling capacity of up to 1.5 million barrels of water per day; recycling up to 50 million barrels of water since industry focus to increase recycling began in 2012; and recycling produced water to account for up to 100 percent of their water needs in energy production.

·         The amount of produced water hauled by trucking and disposed underground has dropped, and will continue to decrease exponentially.

·         Produced water is now a resource and sold as a commodity for re-use in hydraulic fracturing operations.

lgraham@bizpress.net

 

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