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…

Water quality training Oct. 9 in Austin will focus on Shoal Creek

Contact: Michael Kuitu, 979-862-4457, mkuitu@tamu.eduJoanna Wolaver, 512-565-0812, joanna@shoalcreekconservancy.orgNoel Troxclair, 512-854-9600, noel.troxclair@ag.tamu.edu   AUSTIN – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to Shoal Creek will be held from 12:30-4:30…

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…

Landscape irrigation short courses set for Sept. 19-20 in Dallas

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Charles Swanson, 979-845-5614, clswanson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M School of Irrigation will be conducting two one-day short courses dedicated to smart…

Report from environmental group warns of bacteria risk at Texas beaches, rivers

A report by Environment Texas and the Frontier Group warns that more than half of Texas beaches tested for bacterial contamination were unsafe for swimming on at least one day…

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…

In years-long fight over proposed South Texas landfill, flood risks now take center stage

In the seven years developer Carlos “C.Y.” Benavides III has been seeking approval to build a landfill outside Laredo, he’s faced roadblock after roadblock: Family disputes. Accusations of environmental racism. …

Fundamentals of developing water quality monitoring plan focus of Austin workshop

Program for watershed coordinators, water professionals June 4-5 Contact: Nathan Glavy, 979-458-5915, nathan.glavy@ag.tamu.edu AUSTIN –The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a Fundamentals of Developing a Water Quality Monitoring…

After Arkema chemical fires, industry needs more guidance on flood protections, federal investigators say

Arkema — whose Houston-area plant spewed hundreds of feet of black smoke last summer after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey caused toxic chemicals to degrade — had not planned for such…

Texas A&M Reports Sewage From A Newly Renovated Dorm Went To The Wrong Place For Eight Months

News release from Texas A&M: On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Texas A&M University discovered the sanitary sewer drainage line from Dorm 9 (Whitely Hall) had improperly been connected to the…

Texas Well Owner Network honored with prestigious state environmental award

Program earns 2018 Texas Environmental Excellence award in education. Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.eduDr. Drew Gholson, 979-845-1461, dgholson@tamu.eduJohn W. Smith, 979-845-2761, johnwsmith@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION…

Internationally known soil specialist retires from Texas A&M

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Sam Feagley, 979-845-1460, s-feagley@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Students, soil fertility and nutrient management in Texas and beyond have been major parts of Dr.…

After Harvey, some South Texans more wary than ever about plan to build landfill near floodplain

Nearly four months ago, Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall inundated ultra-polluted Superfund sites in and around Houston, triggering the leak of hazardous waste. Now, 300 miles south near Laredo, a company’s efforts to develop…

Bryan City Council Approves Moving Municipal Golf Course To Briarcrest

The Bryan city council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to accept the gift of Briarcrest golf course, which will become the new municipal course December 28th. Comments from the council meeting…

Updated Arroyo Colorado watershed protection plan accepted by EPA

Contacts: Jaime Flores, 956-968-5581, jjflores@ag.tamu.edu Tim Cawthon, 512-239-0845, tim.cawthon@tceq.texas.gov Jude A. Benavides, 956-882-5938, jude.benavides@utrgv.edu Dr. John Tracy, 979-862-7221, john.tracy@ag.tamu.edu WESLACO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted the Update…

TCEQ toxicologist, who has questioned ozone risks, appointed to EPA advisory board

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it had appointed Michael Honeycutt, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s chief toxicologist, as chairman of the federal agency’s Science Advisory Board. “I…

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…

In post-Harvey Houston, extent of water contamination largely unknown

When Houston-based epidemiologist Winifred Hamilton spent a few days in the field last week collecting samples of the abundant floodwater Tropical Storm Harvey had left in its wake, she was…

Private water well owners should test well after a flood

Contacts: Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu Drew Gholson, 979-845-1461, dgholson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Private water well owners whose wells flooded from the recent rains should assume that their well water is…