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Analysis: Legislature Losing Some Key Players

Texas House Appropriations Chairman John Otto, R-Dayton, looks at his computer while state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, stands nearby on June 1, 2015.
Texas House Appropriations Chairman John Otto, R-Dayton, looks at his computer while state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, stands nearby on June 1, 2015.

It will be more than a year before we know everyone who is and is not coming back to the Texas Legislature, but the trickle has started, and some big players are leaving the field. 

The nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants are the main target of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.
The nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants are the main target of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.

Lawmakers Move to Speed Permits, Limit Protests

Business-friendly Texas still isn't quite friendly enough, Republican lawmakers say, and they're pushing legislation to curtail public input and speed up permits issued by state environmental regulators.

Texas Railroad Commission lead engineering technician for districts 1 and 2, Michael Polasek, inspects a salt water disposal injection well at a Heckman Water Resources commercial disposal facility on the LAMZA lease near Highway 80, January 22, 2012.
Texas Railroad Commission lead engineering technician for districts 1 and 2, Michael Polasek, inspects a salt water disposal injection well at a Heckman Water Resources commercial disposal facility on the LAMZA lease near Highway 80, January 22, 2012.

The Brief: SMU Earthquake Report Could Cause Well Closures

There was more fallout late last week from the Southern Methodist University-led research study that linked wastewater injection wells to a swarm of earthquakes near Reno and Azle in late 2013 and early 2014.

A 2013 look at at a boat dock at Lake Travis, whose water level has decreased markedly amid a historic drought. Lake Travis is part of the Central Texas' Highland Lakes.
A 2013 look at at a boat dock at Lake Travis, whose water level has decreased markedly amid a historic drought. Lake Travis is part of the Central Texas' Highland Lakes.

At "Kumbaya" Meeting, New Colorado River Plan Passes

The Lower Colorado River Authority approved a new plan on Wednesday to manage the Colorado River and its reservoirs, known as the Highland Lakes. Cities and environmental advocates were happy with the plan, but some coastal farmers expressed disappointment.

 

Each day, dozens of trucks hook up to the Gulf Coast-run fracking fluid disposal well site near Gonzales, Texas.
Each day, dozens of trucks hook up to the Gulf Coast-run fracking fluid disposal well site near Gonzales, Texas.

Railroad Commission Sides With Driller on Well Protest

UPDATED: The Railroad Commission on Thursday sided with Marathon Oil Company’s bid to dismiss a groundwater conservation district’s protest of its application to inject waste into part of South Texas’ Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer.

Granbury resident Joe Williams (left) stands with City Council Member Rose Myers and Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry under a Lake Granbury resident's dock in the Waters Edge neighborhood on Lake Granbury's north shore. The lake is 53 percent full.
Granbury resident Joe Williams (left) stands with City Council Member Rose Myers and Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry under a Lake Granbury resident's dock in the Waters Edge neighborhood on Lake Granbury's north shore. The lake is 53 percent full.

Criticism of Water Policy Flows From Conservatives

As the state deals with drought and population growth, many top Republican politicians in Texas have called for billions of dollars in spending for new water projects. A number of conservative activists worry that Republicans aren't focusing on principles like small government, private property rights and local control. 

Lorenzo, TX, on Mar. 8, 2012
Lorenzo, TX, on Mar. 8, 2012

Texans Look Beneath the Surface for Water

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. As landowners fight for rights to water under their land, water district managers worry about a dwindling resource.

 

Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.
Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Nov. 11, 2013

Your evening reading: UT System regents ask for guidance on restricting public testimony; despite lack of opponent, many incumbents continue to collect beaucoup campaign cash; another look at the potential Perry v. Cruz showdown in 2016

Obscure Agency Could Gain Power With Water Measure

Before drought plagued the state and became a major issue on lawmakers' minds this year, the Texas Water Developent Board was an obscure agency that doled out loans for water projects. But new legislation has focused attention on the board by overhauling its leadership. And the new agency's power is set to grow, especially if voters approve $2 billion in new financing for water infrastructure this November.