How Washington unleashed fossil-fuel exports and sold out on climate

The Trump White House has capitalized on fossil-fuel exports made possible by the Obama administration. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is shown here on Aug. 2, 2017 welcoming his predecessor, Ernest…

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…

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…

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…

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…

As lawsuits over Texas chemical disaster add up, advocates blame Arkema and rules regulating it

CROSBY — Most of the houses along Crosby Eastgate Road and its neighboring streets are one-story outfits on sprawling green lots. In their driveways are spare trucks, old armchairs or…

EPA won't release benzene levels collected post-Harvey; private tests show elevated levels

As a longtime resident of Manchester, Guadalupe Hernandez is used to the chemical smells that waft through his southeast Houston neighborhood, a low-income, predominantly Hispanic community near a Valero Energy…

Harvey causes chemical companies to release 1 million pounds of extra air pollutants

Oil refineries and chemical plants across the Texas Gulf Coast released more than 1 million pounds of dangerous air pollutants in the week after Harvey struck, according to public regulatory…

As Houston plots a sustainable path forward, it’s leaving this neighborhood behind

Juan Parras gives one hell of a tour of Houston’s east side. He’s charming and funny. Wearing a beret, he strikes an old-world look, like he might lead you to…

2015 Tribune Festival: Audio From the Environment Track

The Environment track at The 2015 Texas Tribune Festival featured panel discussions on the water supply, the climate debate, related legislative issues and lessons from the May floods. There was…

In Washington, Texans Continue to Question Ozone Science

*Clarification appended Texas officials and lawmakers are continuing to protest tougher federal ground-level ozone standards, three weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its new regulation to cut down on smog…

Predictions of Woe from Federal Clean Air Plan Softened

President Obama’s plan to combat climate change will cause higher power prices in Texas and threaten electric reliability, but not as much as originally feared, operators of the state’s main…

Video: The Future of Environmental Policy

On 9/28, we talked about the future of environmental policy in Texas with the TCEQ’s Toby Baker ; John Hall of the Environmental Defense Fund; state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria;…

Obama Proposal Targets Methane Emissions

Texas Republicans have a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to decry. The federal agency on Tuesday proposed another set of rules aimed at battling climate change. These would slash…

Obama Unveils Climate Rules, With Texas-Wide Implications

Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. Calling climate change “one of the key challenges of our lifetimes and future generations,” President Obama on Monday unveiled the final version…