A Neighborhood Apart

A Texas Department of Transportation highway project threatens to sever a community already devastated by industry. Hillcrest, a historically black neighborhood in Corpus Christi that is still almost entirely minority, would be trapped in between polluting refineries on two sides and elevated highways on the remaining two. The highway—which has recently been stalled by a Title VI Civil Rights complaint filed by Hillcrest residents with the Federal Highway Administration—would cut the neighborhood off from the rest of the city.

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Texas Reporters Fight for Access to Fracking Facts

Earlier this month, the residents of Denton, Texas—located on one of the country’s largest natural gas reserves and home to some 275 gas wells—voted to ban fracking. The ban was a first for a city in Texas, where fracking has enabled an oil and gas boom; the state now accounts for one-third of the United States’ natural gas production. In this period of boom and blowback, the state agencies that regulate the oil and gas industry here are perhaps more important than ever—and, according to frustrated reporters, increasingly impenetrable.

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