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Heroes of the Week: Diane Wilson and her Legal Team

Heroes of the Week: Diane Wilson and her Legal Team

A federal judge approved a historic $50 million settlement agreement Tuesday between Taiwan-based plastics manufacturer Formosa and a scrappy environmental activist represented by indigent legal services nonprofit Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.

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One Hot Thing: Play Ball! (or don’t in Texas)

One Hot Thing: Play Ball! (or don’t in Texas)

It’s MLB playoff season (go Nats!) but increasingly hot weather is making outdoor baseball nearly impossible in parts of Texas. That was the case at the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park that saw its last game last week after owners noticed that high temps were depressing attendance.

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Southern States Face Drought and Risks of Wildfires

Southern States Face Drought and Risks of Wildfires

Although the hottest story in the media right now is impeachment it’s important not to forget that a worsening drought is affecting Southern states from Texas to Georgia. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has extended a drought disaster declaration to numerous counties in the state due to significantly low rainfall and prolonged dry conditions that continue […]

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Climate Week Aside, Huge Deal to Export LNG to India Moving Ahead

Climate Week Aside, Huge Deal to Export LNG to India Moving Ahead

Even while the world is trying to wean itself off fossil fuels and the major Democratic candidates promised to end fracking on federal land and to put a price on carbon, the Houston Business Journal reported that Houston-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Tellurian Inc. is entering into a multibillion-dollar deal to with an Indian […]

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Manmade Earthquakes Rattle North Texas Even After Oil Exploration Ends

Manmade Earthquakes Rattle North Texas Even After Oil Exploration Ends

In recent years the Fort Worth Basin located in North Central Texas has become a major shale gas production region. In order to extract oil and gas trapped in the rock, wastewater is injected deep into the ground and works its way into dormant faults and eventually forces the rock to crack and allow fossil […]

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One Wild Thing: The Rio Grande River

A new documentary that premiered last week doubles as both a gorgeous nature film giving the public a rare, up-close view of the rugged landscape along the 1200-mile US-Mexico border spanning the state of Texas, as well as a political film about the tragic harms to humans and wildlife caused by building “that wall.”   The […]

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Texas chemical explosion kills worker, 3rd plant explosion in 3 weeks

Texas chemical explosion kills worker, 3rd plant explosion in 3 weeks

Yesterday in Crosby, Texas (about 25 miles northeast of Houston) a tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire at a KMCO chemical plant, killing one worker, critically injuring two others and sending panicked employees fleeing over a fence to safety. This was the third explosion in the petrochemical industry in the past 3 weeks (the […]

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Deer Park residents on edge after officials failed to warn them about petrochem fire health hazards

Deer Park residents on edge after officials failed to warn them about petrochem fire health hazards

Last week after a chemical explosion in Deer Park, Texas sent a plume of black smoke into the air, officials assured residents that the city had things under control. Over the weekend, however, a shelter-in-place order was issued for Deer Park residents due to concerns about air pollution from the massive fire. Making matters worse, […]

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Houston petrochem fire spews millions of pounds of pollutants into the air

Houston petrochem fire spews millions of pounds of pollutants into the air

A fire that erupted Sunday afternoon at the Intercontinental Terminals Company’s (ITC) petrochemical facility in Houston, TX is still burning and isn’t expected to be extinguished for two more days. As Grist reported yesterday, self-reported emissions data posted on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s website showed that the blaze had sent more than 9 […]

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Don’t mess with Texas solar

Don’t mess with Texas solar

A recent analysis by PV Magazine has revealed that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (which operates most of the state’s electric grid) has had applications for an additional 165 GWac of solar energy to be built in Texas. While Texas has been the epicenter of the fossil fuel industry it also has the potential to move […]

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Toxic coal ash poisoning Texas groundwater at 100% of power plants

Toxic coal ash poisoning Texas groundwater at 100% of power plants

Coal ash is an incredibly toxic byproduct of coal-derived energy that activists have pushed for years for regulators to address and are now finally having success. Water contamination from coal ash ponds (the pits where the sludge is stored) is widespread and we’re learning more about the extent of the pollution constantly. In fact, a recent analysis by the Environmental Integrity Project revealed that toxic coal ash pollutants are leaking into groundwater surrounding 100 percent of Texas’s power plants for which data are available

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Possible Detention Center for Migrant Children on Texas AF Base Is Contaminated

Possible Detention Center for Migrant Children on Texas AF Base Is Contaminated

Reuters reported yesterday that the Trump Administration had planned to open a new detention center at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas to house up to 7,500 unaccompanied migrant children, but the site may not be safe.  Earthjustice issued a report yesterday in which it raised concerns with this site because the organization has identified fouSuperfund sites on base in proximity to the proposed housing site, including a former landfill, artillery range, fuel depot, and fire training areas. While some areas have been cleaned up not all have been remediated, thus Earthjustice argues in the report that more extensive testing is warranted to ensure the site is safe because the clean up may not have been sufficient to house children there.

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