The Energy Information Administration has created a nifty website presenting energy information by state, with a great map interface. Here is the link to the Texas map: http://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=TX Click on “full screen,” then play with the different layers for the map. Under “layers/legend,” click on “views” and explore the different layers on the map. You can also see how Texas ranks among states in crude oil, natural gas, electricity and total energy production (#1), and in per capita energy consumption (#6). Texas also ranks #1 in carbon dioxide emissions.
A new website, Mineral Rights Forum, provides information and discussions about topics of interest to mineral owners. It is owned by Kenneth DuBose and is run by Peter Moorman. Looks like it will be a good resource for mineral owners. It reports on a recent documentary, Split Estate, that investigates conflicts between surface owners who do not own the underlying minerals and oil and gas companies. It has been shown on Planet Green, an independent cable channel, and will be shown again in January. Here is the movie trailer. According to the Huffington Post, a representative of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, Kathy Hall, resigned recently after being shown in the movie saying that fracing fluid was harmless and she had had it in her mouth with no ill effects.