Texas' battle with the Environmental Protection Agency continues Tuesday as the state argues against another air pollution rule before the U.S. Supreme Court.Full Story
Neena Satija covers the environment for the Tribune. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, she graduated from Yale University in 2011, and then worked for a number of area news outlets, including the New Haven Independent, the Connecticut Mirror, and WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio. She has also been a regular contributor to National Public Radio. She previously worked for the Toledo Blade, the Dallas Morning News, and the Boston Globe. In her spare time, she enjoys singing (especially in group settings), running, and playing the addictive board game Settlers of Catan. As an East Coast transplant she is particularly thrilled with Austin tacos and warm weather.
The Texas Farm Bureau, one of the most powerful agricultural lobbying organizations in the state, has endorsed a slate of statewide office-seekers for the GOP primary.Full Story
Former state Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville, a GOP candidate for agriculture commissioner, has released his first radio ad, touting touts his "Texas" values as a "true conservative."Full Story
In a new video ad, agriculture commissioner candidate Eric Opiela highlights an episode in his hometown of Karnes City.Full Story
Groundwater doesn't flow according to the state's political boundaries. Yet it's regulated largely along county lines, a decades-old system that is facing increased criticism among some of those fighting for more access to the resource.
Uvalde Mayor J Allen Carnes, a Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner, launched a video campaign Monday called "I am Texas Ag." Carnes says he is trying to promote the importance of agriculture to Texas' food supply and economy.Full Story
Thanks to conservation efforts and its remote location, the Devils River is seen as one of the state's last pristine rivers. But change could be coming for the river, as some are eyeing its basin for new water supplies.Full Story
As the drought continues across Texas, more oil and gas companies are considering the long-term benefits of water recycling, and state officials are trying to make the transition easier.
The Lower Colorado River Authority named Ross Phillips its interim general manager on Wednesday. Phillips will replace Becky Motal, who is retiring at the end of this year.Full Story
After a contentious meeting on Tuesday, the Lower Colorado River Authority approved a drought management plan that will almost surely cut off irrigation water for coastal rice farmers for the third year in a row.Full Story
As the drought continues and farmers struggle to keep their crops irrigated, many are probing beneath their land for water. But when water is such a precious commodity, procuring it is not ever simple.
Environmental advocates and fishermen along the Gulf Coast met this week to discuss the uncertain future of Matagorda Bay's ecology. Their conclusion: Saving it could require legal action.Full Story
Now that Texas voters have agreed to spend $2 billion to finance water supply projects, legislators say the state finally has some money to execute its water plan. But it's a plan full of contradictions and uncertainty.
Now that Proposition 6 has passed with close to 75 percent of the vote, the real work of water planning — and jockeying for funds — begins.Full Story
A consumer advocacy group says it has documented at least 125 possible anomalies across a 250-mile stretch of the Keystone XL pipeline, raising questions about the integrity of a project that traverses more than 600 Texas rivers and streams.Full Story