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…

Report: Unauthorized air pollution in Texas up 27 percent in 2017

The state’s natural gas plants, particularly those in West Texas, flare off tens of millions of pounds of toxic sulfur dioxide and hundreds of millions of pound of poisonous hydrogen…

State lawmakers aim to lock in funding for Texas parks, historic sites

Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale and other Texas state parks have an estimated $781 million in deferred maintenance needs. In 2017, nearly 10 million people visited Texas’ 95 state parks…

Report: Permian Basin oil producers flaring more natural gas than reported

A flare burns on May 24, 2018, atop a drill pad on land near Carlsbad. The oil-rich Permian Basin straddles West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Robin Zielinski for the…

After Hurricane Harvey, Texas senator eyes using state's savings for flood control

Record rainfall in Llano and Burnet counties in the Texas Hill Country caused major flooding in Marble Falls in October 2018. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune Before the next…

Report: Texas coal power plants leaching toxic pollutants into groundwater

The Fayette Power Project Plant, a coal-fired power plant near La Grange, in Fayette County, is one of 16 Texas coal plants targeted in a new report that claims plant…

U.S. fossil fuel exports spur Asian building boom, climate worries

Workers board large-sized liquefied natural gas carriers under construction at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering facility on Geoje Island, South Korea. The boom in fossil-fuel production in the United…

Catch up on some of The Texas Tribune's top projects from 2018

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Reynaldo Leal / Callie Richmond for The Texas Tribune In 2018, Texas Tribune reporters examined the impact of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that…

Rebuilding commission calls Hurricane Harvey a "wakeup call" for Texas

Evacuees flee flooding in a boat with a nearly submerged Houston sign behind them, on Aug, 29, 2017. Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm with winds of…

Galveston residents weigh in on hurricane levee proposal that some call "a really bad, bad plan"

Lauri Mathias addresses officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office on Wednesday in Galveston. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune GALVESTON — Lauri…

Texas parks department, advocates pushing Congress to reauthorize key conservation fund

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquired land to create the Devils River State Natural Area in Del Rio with financial assistance from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.…

Surge of oil and gas flowing to Texas coastline triggers building boom, tensions

A brown pelican perches on a fishing pier, damaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, in Port Aransas, Texas, on June 6, 2018. In the background stand three offshore oil rigs.…

Amid industrial boom, Corpus Christi officials look to meet growing water demand

The inside of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant in El Paso on April 16, 2012. The facility produces 27.5 million gallons of water per day. It is the largest…

Federal report: Hurricane Harvey was a climate change harbinger

A flooded neighborhood near the Buffalo Bayou and the Barker Reservoir dam on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune Texas should brace for more — and worse…

Report: Toxic herbicide found in many Texans' drinking water

In 2015, atrazine was found in water systems serving nearly 30 million Americans in 27 states, according to a new report by the Washington D.C.-based Environmental Working Group. Getty Images/iStockphoto/sonsam…

Reef restoration projects aim to bolster Texas' record-low oyster population

Oyster shells along the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway. An oyster restoration project is underway in Matagorda Bay. Jerod Foster for The Nature Conservancy With oyster populations in Texas at historic lows,…

Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America’s lands

A flare burns on May 24, 2018 atop a drill pad on land near Carlsbad, N.M., that Wayne Smith leased for ranching before his death in October. The development covered…

They wish there were more jobs, but rural Texans are happy where they are, poll finds

Texans in the rural counties that make up the vast majority of the state’s geography are overwhelmingly happy with their quality of life, about their public schools and the quality…

Austin lifts city-wide boil water notice

The Ulrich Water Treatment Plant is one of three City of Austin plants that draws water from the Colorado River. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune After seven days of…

Three candidates vie for slot on Texas' oil and gas regulatory agency

A historic oil and gas boom is underway in West Texas. Jerod Foster for The Texas Tribune Texas has been a key oil-and-gas-producing state for more than a century. It’s…