Kiah Collier Energy and Environment Reporter

Kiah Collier reports on energy and the environment for the Tribune, where she began working in July 2015. Since graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with degrees in philosophy and multimedia journalism, Kiah has reported on government and politics for publications across the state, including the Austin-American Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. A Central Texas native, Kiah began her career at the San Angelo Standard-Times in West Texas, where she covered the city council and 83rd Legislature and won awards for her reporting on the oil-and-gas boom and prolific drought. When she is not reporting the news, Kiah enjoys consuming the news, cooking, exercising and belly laughing with friends and family. She also enjoys spending time with her calico cat, Carol.

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Texas electric generators bash EPA over proposed clean air rule

A view of northern Mexico from the South Rim of the Chisos Mountain in Big Bend National Park. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new clean air rule aimed at easing hazy conditions in Big Bend and other national parks and wilderness areas in Texas and surrounding states. It is pursuing the so-called BART rule after Texas successfully challenged a similar regulation in court.
A view of northern Mexico from the South Rim of the Chisos Mountain in Big Bend National Park. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new clean air rule aimed at easing hazy conditions in Big Bend and other national parks and wilderness areas in Texas and surrounding states. It is pursuing the so-called BART rule after Texas successfully challenged a similar regulation in court.

Environmental groups praised and power generators bashed a proposed federal environmental regulation on Tuesday aimed at improving visibility in national parks and wilderness areas in Texas and surrounding states.

In Corpus Christi, the latest water emergency was different

The shelves in the bottled water section of a Walmart in Corpus Christi were nearly empty on the morning of Dec. 15, 2016.  City officials announced a ban on using the city’s water the evening before due to a chemical making its way into the supply.
The shelves in the bottled water section of a Walmart in Corpus Christi were nearly empty on the morning of Dec. 15, 2016. City officials announced a ban on using the city’s water the evening before due to a chemical making its way into the supply.

Corpus Christi has been struggling with water problems since last summer. But this latest incident — and its root cause — are different.  

In Texas, EPA proposing more emissions restrictions

A view of northern Mexico from the South Rim of the Chisos Mountain in Big Bend National Park. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new clean air rule aimed at easing hazy conditions in Big Bend and other national parks and wilderness areas in Texas and surrounding states. It is pursuing the so-called BART rule after Texas successfully challenged a similar regulation in court.
A view of northern Mexico from the South Rim of the Chisos Mountain in Big Bend National Park. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new clean air rule aimed at easing hazy conditions in Big Bend and other national parks and wilderness areas in Texas and surrounding states. It is pursuing the so-called BART rule after Texas successfully challenged a similar regulation in court.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to withdraw a plan aimed at reducing haze in Texas' national parks and tamping down on toxic air emissions. But it's also quietly proposing another.

EPA: Fracking can harm drinking water

Vantage Energy on June 1, 2015 resumed hydraulic operations on a pad site on the western outskirts of Denton. It was the first company to frack within city limits after the Texas Legislature overturned the Denton’s ban on the process.
Vantage Energy on June 1, 2015 resumed hydraulic operations on a pad site on the western outskirts of Denton. It was the first company to frack within city limits after the Texas Legislature overturned the Denton’s ban on the process.

In an amped-up final report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says there is scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact the nation's drinking water resources under some circumstances.

Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil, and climate change probes — and how Texas is involved

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston on April 21, 2015.
ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston on April 21, 2015.

Amid news that President-elect Donald Trump will make Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson the country's next secretary of state, a refresher on the oil giant's efforts to thwart Democratic-led probes into what it knew about climate change and when. 

Boomtown, Flood Town: Unchecked development and the risks for Houston

Aerial shot of downtown Houston from the Montrose neighborhood during the "Tax Day Flood" on April 18, 2016.
Aerial shot of downtown Houston from the Montrose neighborhood during the "Tax Day Flood" on April 18, 2016.

Rapid development continues in Houston, creating some economic gains but also contributing to flood risks. This project, done in partnership with ProPublica, looks at those risks and the debate over what to do.

How will Texas energy — and environment — fare under Trump?

Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University on Jan. 28, 2016, while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to the Iowa caucuses.
Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University on Jan. 28, 2016, while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to the Iowa caucuses.

President-elect Donald Trump may be seen as a boon for fossil fuels and a burden for renewables. But energy experts and clean energy groups say his victory may not be a win for Texas oil and gas — or a totally bad thing for wind and solar.