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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Cracks have formed in the asphalt on Bayou Wood Circle near County Road 687 south of Angleton, Texas Tuesday Aug, 2, 2011.
Cracks have formed in the asphalt on Bayou Wood Circle near County Road 687 south of Angleton, Texas Tuesday Aug, 2, 2011.

Drought Damages Texas Infrastructure

In West Texas, the main concern is water. In cities like Houston and Fort Worth, clay soil is drying up because of the blistering summer heat, bursting water pipelines and splitting asphalt roads. Across Texas, the cause of these spiraling problems is the same: a nine-month drought that shows no signs of relenting.

Brothers Christian and Joseph Lane are looking to promote healthy eating in Austin. Their other brother Patrick is missing from the photo, but also involved in founding the in.gredients grocery store.
Brothers Christian and Joseph Lane are looking to promote healthy eating in Austin. Their other brother Patrick is missing from the photo, but also involved in founding the in.gredients grocery store.

The Next Green Grocery Frontier: Zero Waste?

A trio of brothers and their business partner are hoping to change grocery shopping habits in Austin with in.gredients, billed as the first “zero-waste, package-free” market in the nation.

Wildfires, Burn Bans Rage Across Texas

So far this year, the Texas Forest Service has responded to roughly 1,500 wildfires across Texas, the damage of which spreads across 2.5 million acres, according to our interactive map. And burn bans are spreading just as fast. 

Floaters splash and stay cool at "Rockin' the River-Live on the Trinity", a free event sponsored by the Trinity River Vision.
Floaters splash and stay cool at "Rockin' the River-Live on the Trinity", a free event sponsored by the Trinity River Vision.

Dallas, Fort Worth Looking to Revive the Trinity River

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The Trinity has never been much-loved like the Guadalupe, the San Marcos or the Frio. For the first time, both Dallas and Fort Worth are making efforts to revitalize it and make it a destination for recreation.

 

A research unit of The University of Texas at Austin located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.
A research unit of The University of Texas at Austin located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

Bill to Aid Texas' McDonald Observatory in Limbo

A bill aimed at reducing the glare from outdoor lighting in a large swath of West Texas in order to help the McDonald Observatory is currently stuck in the Senate, though its sponsor hopes to get it to the floor by the tomorrow's legislative deadline.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of May 9, 2011

Aaronson on pork choppers, Aguilar on sanctuary cities legislation, Galbraith on Brownsville's ban on plastic bags, Grissom on Delma Banks and prosecutorial misconduct, Hamilton on a tough week for higher education in Texas, Philpott on wildfires and politics, Ramshaw on the state's pursuit of a federal Medicaid overhaul, M. Smith on what would happen if lawmakers don't rewrite school finance formulas, yours truly on the Lege as schoolyard and Stiles with interactive graphics on how the proposed Senate redistricting maps compare with current ones: The best of our best content from May 9 to 13, 2011.

Brownsville resident Rosie Orozco bags her own groceries in a reusable bag after shopping at an A.V. Lopez grocery store. Orozco says she always carries reusable bags in her car.
Brownsville resident Rosie Orozco bags her own groceries in a reusable bag after shopping at an A.V. Lopez grocery store. Orozco says she always carries reusable bags in her car.

For Texas City, Plastic Bag Ban Brings Controversy

At stores in Brownsville, customers must pay $1 for plastic bags — so many bring their own, or go without. The policy, which also restricts paper bags, has removed hundreds of thousands of bags daily — but not without controversy.

Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011
Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011

Cornyn, Perry Blast Feds Over Wildfires; FEMA Responds

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Sen. John Cornyn vowed to "raise Cain" if the federal government's decision not to give Texas extra financial assistance for battling the wildfires hinged on politics. But the feds say that Texas is already getting help.

Sen. Kel Seliger (r), R-Amarillo, solicits support from Sen. Rodney Ellis (l), D-Houston, during Senate action on March 29, 2011.
Sen. Kel Seliger (r), R-Amarillo, solicits support from Sen. Rodney Ellis (l), D-Houston, during Senate action on March 29, 2011.

Texas Senate Approves Radioactive Waste Oversight Plan

Today the Senate passed a couple of bills that outline how the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission should oversee a low-level radioactive waste dump planned for Andrews County.

Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011
Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011

Wildfires in West Texas Could Creep Eastward

A string of wildfires has charred about 400,000 acres in drought-stricken West Texas. But as Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, areas further east, also thirsting for water, may be just as vulnerable as the west.

Steve Pollock, Assistant Chief for the Texas Forest Service.
Steve Pollock, Assistant Chief for the Texas Forest Service.

Texas Official Says More Bad Fire Weather Coming

The regional fire coordinator for the Texas Forest Service, near the front lines of a 100,000-acre blaze that swept through Stonewall and King Counties last weekend, says more bad fire weather is on the way later this week.

The Texas Forest Service, the lead agency for battling state wildfires, is part of the Texas A&M University system.
The Texas Forest Service, the lead agency for battling state wildfires, is part of the Texas A&M University system.

Slideshow: Fighting Fires in Texas

The Texas Forest Service, the lead agency charged with fighting fires, has had a busy season due to strong winds and drought.

Blackened earty at Camp Bowie.
Blackened earty at Camp Bowie.

Texas Forest Service Battles Fires, Budget Cuts

Drought and strong winds mean that the number of wildfires is way up this year. But the Texas Forest Service, the lead fire-fighting agency, is also facing heightened scrutiny in the Legislature — and, of course, budget cuts.

Texas Debates Plastic Bag Recycling

This week, committees in both chambers heard testimony about bills to encourage recycling of plastic grocery bags. But environmentalists fear that the legislation would prevent local communities from banning plastic bags altogether, as three Texas cities have done.