Point of Order: Crude awakening

(Audio unavailable. Click here to listen on texastribune.org.) In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Chris Paddie, who chairs the…

Hurricane Harvey destroyed every apartment in Rockport, Texas. Some residents are still waiting for help from lawmakers.

Hurricane Harvey, which caused more than $125 billion in damage, is the most expensive storm in Texas history. It wreaked havoc on nearly every Gulf Coast community when it came…

West unveils memorial six years after fertilizer plant explosion killed 15

A vehicle near the remains of a fertilizer plant burning after an explosion in West, Texas, near Waco, in 2013.  Mike Stone / Bay Area News The Texas town of…

A creek flowing to the Colorado River turned black. Now the state has sued the alleged polluter.

Skull Creek flows black as it crosses over a country road downstream from Inland Environmental & Remediation Inc. near Altair on April 14, 2019.  Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune…

Trump issues executive orders seeking to speed up oil and gas pipeline projects

President Donald Trump signs an executive order on energy and infrastructure during a campaign event at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby on…

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…

"This is not Mexico": Texas official criticizes county judge for speaking Spanish

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo spoke Monday in English and Spanish about the fire that broke out at a storage facility in the Houston area. Annie Mulligan for The Texas…

Texas House passes funding to cover budget shortfalls

Armed with his abacus, Texas House Appropriations Chairman John Zerwas, R-Richmond, talks with Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, as they prepare to discuss the House’s 2020-21 budget plan. Emree Weaver /…

Environmentalists take petrochemical giant Formosa to court over plastics pollution

Diane Wilson takes a break from organizing bins containing thousands of plastic pellets that she and other activists have collected from Lavaca Bay and Cox Creek over the past three…

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…

Shelter-in-place order lifted in Deer Park after benzene levels decline

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…

Laredo officials want to use border wall money to fund a riverfront project

Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz describes where the city’s River Vega project will be constructed should his administration secure funds for its construction. Saenz spoke with The Texas Tribune from his…

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…

Post-Harvey, Texas State Aquarium seeks funds for new wildlife rescue center

Rico Olvera, a senior wildlife care specialist at the Texas State Aquarium, checks on a green sea turtle who is recovering from a surgery that removed several tumors. The turtle,…

Explosions from unregulated pipelines can kill in Texas while energy companies go unpunished

A firefighter tamps out flames shortly after an explosion destroyed the Tercero family’s home outside Midland. Courtesy of the Midland County Fire Marshal’s Office STANTON — Delaney Tercero, 3, was…

Report: Harris County buyouts of flooded homes have been less than strategic

People walk along the Barker Reservoir Dam in Houston on Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017. Torrential rains from Hurricane Harvey caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from the…

Railroad commissioners voice doubts that Permian Basin flaring is more prevalent than reported

A gas flare burns bright on a production site northeast of Andrews in the Permian Basin of West Texas. Jerod Foster for The Texas Tribune Top officials from the Texas…

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…