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…

Lesser prairie-chicken population on the rise, but advocates say it's not enough

The lesser prairie-chicken is a medium-sized, grayish brown grouse that lives in eco-regions spanning Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Greg Kramos / USFWS The number of lesser prairie-chickens…

Trump administration announces nearly $5 billion for Texas flood control projects

The Theater District in downtown Houston on Sunday, Aug 27, 2017, is flooded by water from Buffalo Bayou.  Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune Almost a year after Hurricane Harvey…

Faced with failure, state to propose new plan to protect West Texas lizard

Texas hopes to unveil a new strategy to protect the threatened dunes sagebrush lizard by the end of next month. And the endangered species expert managing the remake for the…

Environmental groups ask feds to protect threatened West Texas lizard

Over the objections of the oil and gas industry, two environmental groups are asking the federal government to protect a tiny West Texas reptile amid the failure of a state-crafted…

New health survey aims to quantify Hurricane Harvey's physical, mental toll

Hurricane Harvey’s environmental impact on Greater Houston was sweeping: The area’s many industrial facilities emitted millions of pounds of excess air pollution, and floodwater swamped highly contaminated Superfund sites, carried bacteria into…

Texas regulator says "misunderstanding" is making millennials shun oilfield jobs

If you ask Wayne Christian, the biggest threat to the oil and gas industry in Texas is millennials — and a general public that’s been brainwashed into thinking that fossil…

Houston-area toxic waste site removed from priority cleanup list

A pit of toxic sludge along the San Jacinto River east of Houston is no longer on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency priority cleanup list, the agency announced Monday. The…

Report: Major Texas industrial facilities rank first nationally in illegal water pollution

About half of Texas’ major industrial facilities released illegal levels of pollution into rivers, lakes and other waterways over a 21-month period ending September 2017, according to a new report…

Audit: Company behind Texas "clean coal" project used federal funds for liquor, limousines and lobbying

A now-bankrupt company that received a major federal stimulus grant to build a “clean coal” power plant in West Texas spent millions of taxpayer dollars on alcohol, lobbying, spa services and…

How Texas allows industrial facilities to spew unauthorized air pollution — with few consequences

Revisit our investigation of how thousands of “rogue releases” — when industrial polluters spew noxious chemicals into the air during malfunctions and other unplanned incidents, exceeding permit limits — occur in…

What does Trump's repeal of environmental rules mean for Texas?

Earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the agency will seek to repeal the Clean Power Plan — President Barack Obama’s signature effort to combat climate…

EPA: Hurricane Harvey compromised caps on toxic waste site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that rains from Hurricane Harvey damaged a temporary protective cap on a pit of toxic sludge along the San Jacinto River east of…

Can flooded-out Houstonians win lawsuits against Army Corps?

HOUSTON — Late last month in a well-off neighborhood on the west side of town, the sun finally pierced through bloated rain clouds. The core of Hurricane Harvey — now…

Texas GOP leaders pushing for high-dollar, long-delayed flood infrastructure projects

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is calling for the construction of flood control infrastructure in the Houston area — things he said should have been built “decades…

As Harvey leaves Texas behind, Houston shelters remain a lifeline for thousands

HOUSTON — Anthony Moore stood amid thousands of this city’s displaced residents and scores of volunteers at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Thursday and clung to a garbage…

Judge denies ExxonMobil request to reduce $20 million air pollution fine

U.S. District Judge David Hittner slapped the the energy giant with a $19.95 million penalty in April for spewing millions of pounds of hazardous pollutants from a Houston-area industrial complex.…

Environmental groups sue EPA over lax Texas air pollution permits

Environmental groups are taking the EPA to court, alleging the federal agency isn’t properly policing Texas air pollution permits they argues are too lax and complicated. Source: Texas Tribune…

AG Paxton drops Brownsville lawsuit over plastic bag fee

Attorney General Ken Paxton has dropped a lawsuit against the city of Brownsville over a 2010 ordinance that imposed a $1 per-transaction fee on plastic bags offered at grocery stores and…

Legislature passes much-criticized bill reforming oil and gas regulatory agency

A Democratic senator on Tuesday made a last-ditch effort to beef up a bill aimed at reforming and reauthorizing the state’s oil and gas regulatory agency — legislation environmental groups and…