The Corpus Christi Water Wars
Rolling Stone: A coalition of residents is trying to halt the region’s rapid industrial sprawl. The fight is now centered on the water supply for a massive new Exxon SABIC plastics plant in the drought-prone Texas city.
Environmentalists push back on Phillips 66’s offshore crude oil plant
Corpus Christi Caller-Times: Environmental groups say they will fight Phillips 66’s plans to build a Bluewater crude oil export terminal off the coast of Port Aransas.
TCE and Partners take Legal Action against Industrial Flaring
Texas Campaign for the Environment in a coalition of ten environmental organizations today sent the Trump Administration EPA notice of intent to sue over its failure to reduce toxic air pollution from flares on petrochemical plants, gas processing facilities, and other industrial sites.
TCE and Environmental Coalition Condemns Texas Railroad Commission Decisions
TCE and an environmental coalition condemned decisions by the Texas Railroad Commission when they refused to hear environmental advocates and residents’ concerns; allowed 7 gas flaring and venting waivers over public health-based standards and climate change warnings; failed to disallow future flaring and venting; and,waived fees and environmental rules.
TCE and Allies Urge TX Railroad Commission to Stop Gas Venting and Flaring
TCE and a coalition of environmental groups sent an open letter to the Texas Railroad Commission asking them to stop harmful gas flaring and venting in oil field sites across Texas. Key stakeholders object to Industry heavy composition of Railroad Commission’s “Blue Ribbon Task Force”. Signatories site concerns about: waste of natural resources; public health harm and risk; and, climate change impacts.
Crisis is not free pass to pollute our planet
Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: The president and governor appear to take advantage of an economic and health emergency in order to allow more profits and pollution from industrial plants. Public health and the planet cannot take it.
ExxonMobil’s Gulf Coast Growth Ventures project gets TCEQ approval
Corpus Christi Caller Times: Environmental groups warned of toxic emissions coming from the plant and had hoped the TCEQ would have required more air-quality monitoring at the facility’s fence line.
Slow Gains for the Environment at the Capitol
Austin Chronicle: While the 86th was not a halcyon session for environmental progress – no surprise, alas, in Texas – there was indeed some limited improvement.
Texas Lege Passes Bill Allowing Authorities to File Felony Charges Against Pipeline Protesters
San Antonio Current: In the closing hours of the legislative session, Texas lawmakers voted to approve a controversial measure that would make it a felony for protesters to interrupt the construction of oil pipelines.
You Could Get Prison Time for Protesting a Pipeline in Texas—Even If It’s on Your Land
Mother Jones: The fight against a Texas pipeline just got a little more challenging. The Texas Senate passed legislation that makes interfering with pipelines and other oil and gas infrastructure a crime punishable by up to a year in prison and $10,000 in fines.