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…

A Pass to Poison: Texas regulators largely fail to crack down on top air polluters

Texas industrial polluters rarely face sanctions when they spew noxious chemicals into the air during malfunctions and other unplanned incidents, exceeding the emission limits of their state-issued air permits. …

Report: Shopping for electricity is getting cheaper in Texas

Between 2006 and 2015, the last year for which data is available, residential electric prices for Texans who live in a competitive market decreased by 17.4 percent, while prices increased…

Warren Buffett unveils deal to buy big piece of Texas electric grid

Warren Buffet is making a play for Texas’ largest electric transmission utility. Berkshire Hathaway, his multinational conglomerate, has unveiled a deal to buy Oncor.    Source: Texas Tribune Energy

Lawmaker urged Abbott to veto bill legalizing hot air balloon hog hunting

A Republican lawmaker asked Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill allowing people to hunt wild pigs and coyotes from hot air balloons, saying it could lead to “future catastrophes”…

The Texas solar industry is growing. Some fear an international trade case could end that.

Cheap, imported solar panels have fueled growth in the solar industry in Texas, and reinvigorated the careers of laid-off oilfield workers. Some industry leaders fear a trade case will increase prices and end that growth. …

Amid Texas nuclear waste site's financial woes, judge blocks merger

A federal judge has blocked the purchase of the company that runs Texas’ only nuclear waste dump — a setback in its proposal to accept spent nuclear fuel from across…

Will Texas lawmakers ax tree ordinances in more than 50 cities?

During the special session, the Texas Legislature will consider preventing cities from having local tree regulations. More than 50 cities have ordinances protecting trees, and some local officials worry that…

San Antonio pushes to lower emissions despite delayed regulations

After the EPA announced that the implementation of new, stricter standards for ozone levels in the air will be delayed a year, the city of San Antonio is forging ahead…

After 18 months, hurricane vulnerability documents arrive — but they're thin

Eighteen months ago, we asked the government for documents that should have shed a lot of light on Houston’s vulnerability to a massive hurricane. After finally receiving them, it turns…

West Texas churches pray to Legislature for electricity rate relief

Facing sky-high electricity rates, several West Texas churches hope lawmakers will answer their calls for relief in the final days of the Legislative session, but the odds look slim. A…

Texas Senate OKs bill to discourage weather-related lawsuits

A tort-reform bill that would discourage property owners from suing insurers over weather-related claims tentatively passed the Texas Senate on Tuesday. Source: Texas Tribune Energy

In private meeting, Sid Miller says hog poison safeguard not "doable"

In a March 3 meeting with a constituent, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller suggested that his agency could change the label on a hog poison to eliminate important warnings and a requirement…

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…

House panel debates state parks funding

A measure that would’ve guaranteed a set amount of funding to state parks was upturned in 2015. Lawmakers and advocates are hoping similar legislation will stick this session. Source: Texas…

Tree protection ordinances targeted by Republicans, defended by city officials

City officials on Monday testified against a bill that would limit the ability of Texas cities to ban residents from cutting down trees on their properties. Republican lawmakers have filed several…

ExxonMobil ordered to pay $20 million for air pollution at Houston plants

Environment Texas described the fine against the world’s largest oil company as the “largest penalty resulting from a citizen suit in U.S. history.”  Source: Texas Tribune Energy

Feral hog poison in Texas on hold — for now

The company behind the only EPA-approved pesticide for feral hogs has withdrawn its request for registration in Texas. But that doesn’t mean the battle over the warfarin-based poison’s safety is…

West Texas nuclear waste project on hold — for now

Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to temporarily suspend a review of its application to store tens of thousands of metric tons of spent nuclear…