Archive for August 2014
Aug. 15, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
More than a year after a fertilizer explosion in West, Texas, killed 15 people, it is now harder for state residents to learn whether hazardous chemicals are stored near their homes, an issue that is stoking political debate leading up to the Texas gubernatorial election.
Texas used to periodically release information about the nearly 70,000 manufacturing facilities that store hazardous chemicals in the state, in accordance with federal and Texas right-to-know laws. But in June, the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, ruled that Texas no longer could release the information because of state homeland-security laws.
Aug. 13, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to allow medical trials exploring the use of cannabidiol oil, a nonpsychoactive component of marijuana, for treating disorders that cause seizures and strokes in young children.
If lawmakers back the Republican governor’s effort, Oklahoma would join a string of conservative-leaning states that have recently sanctioned limited use of cannabidiol oil, or CBD. Ten states, including Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi, legalized some form of CBD this year.
The governor said she is still opposed to legalizing pot for recreational and most medical uses.
Aug. 4, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
As the Southwest U.S. grapples with a devastating drought, one Texas city is undertaking an experiment to conserve its rapidly depleting water supply.
Wichita Falls is mixing a biodegradable polymer with water and applying it to the surface of the Lake Arrowhead reservoir in hopes of reducing the rate of evaporation by about 10%.
The particles—made from hydrated lime and an extract of palm oil—form a molecular net that impedes water from escaping into the air.