Renewable energy proponents brace for last-minute attack on tax breaks for wind and solar

Wind farm in Harrold, Texas. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune *Correction appended Any day now. That’s a phrase on the minds of renewable energy proponents who have been…

In wake of Houston-area chemical fires, Texas Senate panel weighs input on stronger storage tank regulations

An aerial photograph of the Stolthaven Oil Tanking facility along the Houston Ship Channel. Edmund D. Fountain/ProPublica/Texas Tribune Weeks after a massive fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility garnered…

Why has Texas suddenly decided to immediately sue industrial polluters?

Smoke rises from a fire burning at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, east of Houston on March 18, 2019.  Jaimie Meldrum/Handout via REUTERS Late last month as crews…

Texas environmental chief: There's still a fire risk at Deer Park facility

A thick layer of smoke from a fire burning at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park hangs in the air above the downtown skyline of Houston, Texas, U.S., March…

Texas sues company behind Deer Park terminal fire

Smoke rises from a fire burning at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, east of Houston on March 18, 2019. Jaimie Meldrum/Handout via REUTERS Late Friday, the state of…

A massive plume of black smoke hangs over Houston. Here’s what you need to know about the Deer Park terminal fire.

A thick layer of smoke hangs in the air from a fire burning at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, east of Houston. REUTERS A fire that broke out…

State regulators: No 'immediate health concerns' from Deer Park terminal fire

Smoke rises from a fire burning at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, east of Houston. Jaimie Meldrum/Handout via REUTERS A massive plume of black smoke continued to waft…

Gov. Abbott, other Texas officials urge feds to clear way for Harvey money

The grant funds are for projects meant to bolster storm resiliency in Harvey-impacted communities like Rockport. REUTERS/Adrees Latif A growing chorus of high-ranking Texas officials is calling on the federal…

Report: Unauthorized air pollution in Texas up 27 percent in 2017

The state’s natural gas plants, particularly those in West Texas, flare off tens of millions of pounds of toxic sulfur dioxide and hundreds of millions of pound of poisonous hydrogen…

Report: Permian Basin oil producers flaring more natural gas than reported

A flare burns on May 24, 2018, atop a drill pad on land near Carlsbad. The oil-rich Permian Basin straddles West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Robin Zielinski for the…

Report: Texas coal power plants leaching toxic pollutants into groundwater

The Fayette Power Project Plant, a coal-fired power plant near La Grange, in Fayette County, is one of 16 Texas coal plants targeted in a new report that claims plant…

Galveston residents weigh in on hurricane levee proposal that some call "a really bad, bad plan"

Lauri Mathias addresses officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office on Wednesday in Galveston. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune GALVESTON — Lauri…

Federal report: Hurricane Harvey was a climate change harbinger

A flooded neighborhood near the Buffalo Bayou and the Barker Reservoir dam on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune Texas should brace for more — and worse…

Three candidates vie for slot on Texas' oil and gas regulatory agency

A historic oil and gas boom is underway in West Texas. Jerod Foster for The Texas Tribune Texas has been a key oil-and-gas-producing state for more than a century. It’s…

As oil and gas exports surge, West Texas becomes the world’s “extraction colony”

Vehicles pass oil pumpjacks at sunrise in the Permian Basin region of West Texas. Jerod Foster for The Texas Tribune MIDLAND — Drilling booms have come and gone in this…

Army Corps set to propose hurricane protection plan for Houston

A “coastal spine,” also called the Ike Dike, pictured here, is among several storm barrier concepts the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may recommend for the Houston area. Graphic by…

Report: Texas criteria for polluted site cleanup 'significantly weaker' than neighboring states

The San Jacinto River Waste Pits, an EPA Superfund site that is contaminated with dioxins, is located off Interstate 10 east of Houston. Michael Stravato The criteria Texas uses to…

Trump unveils major rollback of Obama's Clean Power Plan

The Big Brown power plant in Fairfield, Texas Robert W. Hart The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled a plan that will drastically curtail an Obama-era regulation that would’ve required states…

Environmental groups announce multi-million dollar settlement with Houston-area refinery

* Correction appended. Another major energy company operating in Texas has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement in a lawsuit brought by environmental groups over excessive air pollution. Environment Texas…

EPA: San Antonio ozone levels too high under new standard

Ozone, a key component of smog, forms when emissions from cars, coal plants and the like mix with other airborne compounds in the presence of sunlight. Responding to a court…