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Lana Straub is a freelance journalist living in the middle of West Texas, which at the moment is oil boom country. She focuses her efforts on energy related issues in the area, as well as groundwater conservation and contamination. She is trained paralegal with a bachelor’s degree in political science, emphasis in legal assistant studies from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She has taken several distance education sources to hone her journalism skills. She is a member of several professional journalism organizations, including SEJ, IRE, SPJ, AIR, NASW, JAWS and SABEW, and has written for the National Ground Water Association and ABC-Clio. She is also a radio producer for KXWT, West Texas Public Radio.