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.
Plastic bags are killing horses and cows across the state. What’s Texas to do?
Texas Tribune: A year after the Texas Supreme Court dealt a death blow to municipal bans on plastic bags, legislative efforts to revive them have fallen flat, and ranchers, city leaders and environmental groups say plastic bag litter is as big a problem as ever.
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.
Texas part of national push for laws promoting fledgling chemical recycling industry
Houston Chronicle: The legislation was opposed by environmental groups, which argued that chemical recycling projects produce additional air pollution without significantly decreasing plastic waste.
A Global Plastic Trash Crisis Is Looming
Texas Public Radio: While it’s been a game changer in terms of facilitating medical, technological and safety advances, plastic has also become a major problem for the planet as waste continues to accumulate.
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.
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.
Op-Ed: Why Texas should ban plastic bags
Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: Plastic pollution is a serious problem. Let’s stop holding on so tightly to plastic bags — we’re better without them, and there’s no time like the present to act.
Starbucks is replacing plastic straws with ‘sippy cup’ lids
CBS Austin: Starbucks announced on Monday it’s getting rid of its instantly recognizable green plastic straws, which contribute to ocean pollution and can be dangerous to marine life.
Austin Says It Will No Longer Enforce Plastic Bag Ban, After Texas Supreme Court Ruling
KUT News Austin: The City of Austin says it will no longer enforce a ban on single-use plastic bags at most retail outlets, following a state Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down Laredo’s bag ban.