What a Trump win might mean for Texas’ environment
San Antonio Express-News: With Republicans set to control the White House and Congress, perhaps environmentalists across the country can learn a thing or two from those working in Texas.
Will the Railroad Commission ever be accurately named?
Texas Observer: Though the Railroad Commission of Texas hasn’t overseen trains for more than three decades, some members of the Legislature and the oil and gas lobby continue to fight to keep the agency’s misleading name.
Environmental groups worry if Houston can limit oil drilling near drinking water source
Houston Public Media: Residents and environmentalists say a big concern is that if the proposed well is successful, it’ll start a rush by other drillers to look for oil near the shores of Lake Houston.
Texas Railroad Commission: Oil and gas proponent or regulator?
Following a town hall meeting in Grapevine, it’s clear that many North Texans want significant changes made to the Texas Railroad Commission at the State Capitol next year. Here’s our recap of the meeting and how you can get involved in the process.
Dallas joins the fight for clean air
From our blog: Dallas City Hall made a bold step in advocating for reduced air pollution, clean air controls, and incentives to grow residential solar power.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings urges state to stop playing ‘game of chicken’ with feds over air pollution
With the help of environmental and clear air advocates, Dallas City Council passed a resolution urging the state to strengthen its plan to fight ozone pollution.
Enforcing Texas’ oil & gas laws
The Texas Railroad Commission needs to get serious about enforcing state laws meant to prevent oil & gas industry pollution, tracking their performance, and making violation and penalty information available to the public and our elected officials.
A state agency that treats regulated companies as clients
Dallas Morning News Op-Ed: Unfortunately, the state agency that is supposed to protect public safety and property rights by enforcing standards for the oil and gas industry — the Railroad Commission of Texas — bends over backwards to protect drilling companies instead.
Why everyone is talking about the Paris climate conference
This week, diplomats from 195 countries finalized a global climate deal that many feel needs enforcement from the bottom up. We agree.