A tanker truck travels on FM 2067 between Austin and Victoria in April 2018.

Damage from heavy trucks has battered local roads in and around the state's oil fields, and many counties want the state to help pay for repairs and maintenance. Will lawmakers take action?


W.C. Steinmann says his family roots in Texas date back to 1882.

The 74-year-old rancher lives in DeWitt County, between San Antonio and Victoria, an area surrounded by oil and natural gas fields. Steinmann and other local property owners say the oil and gas boom is destroying the rural road system.


Port Arthur Police Department Narcotics Officers, with the assistance of the United States Postal Service and the Port Arthur SWAT Team, conducted a search warrant in the 3900 block of Shadowbend Lane on March 24. A search of the residence uncovered approximately six pounds of high-grade marijuana along with THC oils and wax, reports Port Arthur spokesperson Risa Carpenter.


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton led an 11-state coalition in signing a letter March 1, urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend and withdraw the current information collection request for existing oil and gas facilities, according to a release from his office.

Sovereign Explorer (www.oilrig-photos.com)

An oil worker died after he fell from the Sovereign Explorer rig in Sabine Pass on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

According to Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Washburn of the Port Arthur Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at 9 a.m. after information was received that an individual may have fallen off the oil rig into the water.

Human-made sulfur dioxide emissions from a medium-size power plant. (EPA photo)

Using a new satellite-based method, scientists at NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and two universities have located 39 unreported and major human-made sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions.

A trench is dug for sorbent boom to collect oil seeping from the ground.

The Coast Guard, state and local officials responded to an area of oil seepage Saturday, June 20, 2015, on the Bolivar Peninsula approximately 4 miles west of Rollover Pass.

While conducting a beach patrol Friday at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Coast Guard identified a 100-yard area along the beach with oil seepage.

Councilman Jamie Smith

With some $47 million in the bank in oil royalties from the Beaumont Municipal Airport, the city of Beaumont is gearing up to begin its first major infrastructure project using the newly -acquired funds to revamp Seventh Street from Laurel to Interstate 10.

City Council approved the lowest bid Tuesday, April 30, awarding the project to Brystar Contracting Inc. for a total price of $6,075,569.55.


Sunday, Feb. 6, was a sunny day in Southeast Texas with welcome warming temperatures after a bitterly cold week. While driving down Highway 87 near Sabine Pass, a passerby spotted a plume of liquid spouting 7 or 8 feet into the air from Keith Lake.