On November 15, 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced big news: the Wolfcamp shale field in the Midland portion of Texas' Permian Basin is the largest continuous oil accumulation ever found in the U.S. Containing 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, Wolfcamp contains nearly three times the amount of recoverable resources than that contained in the 2013 USGS Bakken-Three Forks assessment.
A train that was hauling millions of pounds of oil from North Dakota to Virginia derailed on Monday, resulting in evacuations and oil leaking into a nearby river.
Texas leads the nation in large vehicle accidents, according to the Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The state actually surpassed California's number. Though Texas saw a reduction in the number of car accidents, it has since risen to lead the country. But why the rise? There are studies that show a distinct correlation between the rise of traffic accidents involving commercial trucks and the fracking boom that started in 2008. The increase in fracking sites caused an increase in the number of trucks that occupied Texas highways, leading to more opportunities of a crash.