Articles by Mitchell Ferman, The Texas Tribune

Texas Bar Owners Sue Governor Over Recent Shutdown Order

Hoping to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision ordering Texas bars to close due to a rise in coronavirus cases, more than 30 bar owners filed a lawsuit on June 29 challenging Abbott’s emergency order. The lawsuit, first reported by the …

As Texas Grapples with Pandemic, Officials Prepare for Hurricane Season

More hurricanes and tropical storms than usual could make landfall in the United States this summer, forecasters predict. That is sending Texans and officials who are increasingly facing severe weather events scrambling to prepare for another natural disaster while they …

Texas Unemployment Rate Hits 12.8% in April, Worst on Record

The state’s April jobless rate was 12.8% — Texas’ worst monthly tally on record. That number, included in the Labor Department’s monthly report released on May 22, is the government’s clearest and most comprehensive look at the economic devastation in …

Texas Regulatory Commission Says it Won’t Cut Oil Production

After overseeing the state’s energy sector through one of Texas’ largest oil booms in recent years, the Texas Railroad Commission has suddenly found itself in the middle of two global crises that have delivered devastating reversals of fortune to the …

Texas’ Oil and Gas Regulators Not Ready to Cut Production

Facing a steep drop in oil demand with much of the world staying home to practice social distancing, more than 55 energy executives, analysts and critics appeared one after another Tuesday at a video meeting of the Texas agency that …

As Demand Sinks Amid Pandemic, Texas Shale Producers Ask State to Cut Oil Output

Two Texas oil companies with large footprints in the West Texas oil patch have sent a letter to state regulators formally requesting an emergency meeting to consider reducing oil production as demand for oil around the world has collapsed during …