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.
Environmental leaders say TCEQ failing Colorado County
Colorado County Citizen: An environmental protection group said last week that the Skull Creek debacle is just another example that the agency has failed at exercising its mandate to protect the state’s environment.
Opponents say planned ExxonMobil plastics plant would devastate Gulf Coast environment
Corpus Christi Caller-Times: A proposed plastics manufacturing facility in San Patricio County would be an environmental nightmare and fall short of its economic forecasts, according to environmental groups.
Neighbors gear up to oppose Austin Community Landfill expansion
KXAN News Austin: Wednesday, people living in Northeast Austin and Travis County gathered at Barr Mansion to align their vision for stopping an expansion of the Austin Community Landfill.
Op-Ed: This new coastal alliance aims to protect South Texas’ natural gifts
Corpus Christi Caller-Times Op-Ed: The quality of life in the Coastal Bend now faces its greatest challenge. It has been targeted as fertile ground for an industrial build-out that will impact the entire region.
Grand Prairie industrial site that leaked cancer-causing chemicals under homes gets Feds’ attention
Dallas Morning News: A Grand Prairie industrial site that leaked cancer-causing chemicals has been placed on the Superfund National Priorities List, which features some of the nation’s most polluted sites.
Report: Texas criteria for polluted site cleanup ‘significantly weaker’ than neighboring states
Texas Tribune: A new report says the standards Texas uses to determine how much — and whether — to clean up contaminated sites are ‘significantly weaker’ than those of neighboring states and the federal government.