Tribpedia: Environmental Problems And Policies

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Texas contains an abundance of natural resources, but efforts to impose environmental regulations have faced roadblocks for many decades. Texas holds a large share of the nation's oil and chemical manufacturing industries, so state policymakers must balance economic considerations with the need to curtail environmental risk. Oil, gas and chemical manufacturing industries employ thousands of Texans and contribute billions ...

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Texas Fawnsfoot, a potentially endangered mussel
Texas Fawnsfoot, a potentially endangered mussel

New Worries at the Bottom of Texas Rivers

With the drought receding, at least temporarily, some scientists have turned their focus to the state's waterways, where mussels have been disappearing. KUHF News' Dave Fehling reports for StateImpact Texas on the future of the organism that some consider a biological indicator of the health of the state's water system.

Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples - August 29, 2011.
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples - August 29, 2011.

In Drought Aftermath, Reasons to Worry for the Future

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Recent rains have helped fill lakes, but the drought is far from over. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples talked with StateImpact Texas about the very real possibility that the drought could linger for several years — and what's being done to help farmers and ranchers deal with that possibility.

LCRA to Consider Far-Reaching Water Plan

The Lower Colorado River Authority, the utility that controls water flowing from the Highland Lakes to the Gulf Coast, is set to approve a new plan for allocating water. But as Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas reports, the authority will first hear from the various — and often feuding — communities relying on the affected water sources.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is abandoning the use of hot-iron branding and moving towards the use of ear tags for the identification of cattle.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is abandoning the use of hot-iron branding and moving towards the use of ear tags for the identification of cattle.

For Texas Cattle Ranchers, a Long Road to Recovery

2011 — the driest year in Texas history — delivered a huge blow to cattle ranchers. And as Nathan Bernier of KUT News reports, the prospect of a continuing drought spells trouble for both ranchers and consumers.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/6/11

Aguilar on an environmental battle in South Texas, Galbraith on the impact of the drought, Grissom on the latest in the Michael Morton case, Hamilton and Theobald on plans for greater scrutiny of faculty performance, Murphy on Rick Perry's campaign donors and expenditures, Ramsey on where we stand on redistricting, Ramshaw on the intense interest in stem cell rules, Root on a congressman's controversial pipeline holdings, M. Smith on the backlash against student testing and Tan on the fight for a new medical school in Austin: The best of our best content from February 6-10, 2012. 

When digging gets underway, the substandard coal will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the US Mexico border where it can be sold. Tracks run about a mile from E.K. Taylor's property, Saturday, February 4, 2012.
When digging gets underway, the substandard coal will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the US Mexico border where it can be sold. Tracks run about a mile from E.K. Taylor's property, Saturday, February 4, 2012.

Texas Border Battle Over Mexican Company's Coal Mine

A brawl is brewing in South Texas, but this one has nothing to do with cartels or drug smuggling — it's an environmental battle over a proposed surface-mining site that some Eagle Pass residents worry will ruin their way of life.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is abandoning the use of hot-iron branding and moving towards the use of ear tags for the identification of cattle.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is abandoning the use of hot-iron branding and moving towards the use of ear tags for the identification of cattle.

Texas Ranchers Brace for New Cattle ID Rules

In Texas, the largest cattle state, branding cows with a symbol like the "Rocking R" is practically a cultural necessity. But state and federal regulators are keener on another form of identification — ear tags — that's easier to standardize.