ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media after keynoting a June 2015 event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media after keynoting a June 2015 event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Paxton Blasts Clean Power Plan Ahead of High-Profile Legal Arguments

“What we need is more reliable energy — not less, and the EPA is trying to stop that," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. He is helping to lead a 28-state effort to strike down the Clean Power Plan, President Obama's landmark effort to fight climate change.

Texas Gets Boost in New Mexico Water Fight

The Rio Grande at the New Mexico-Texas border on Monday, December 9, 2013 in El Paso.
The Rio Grande at the New Mexico-Texas border on Monday, December 9, 2013 in El Paso.

Three years after Texas filed a complaint in the U.S. Supreme Court alleging that New Mexican farmers were illegally curbing the Rio Grande's flow into Texas, the justices appear closer to taking up the challenge. 

 

Sinkhole Warnings Don't Faze West Texas

Wink Sink No. 2 formed in 2002 around a well that once supplied water for drillers on the the Hendrick Oilfield. The larger of Winkler County's two sinkholes, it measures 900 feet across at its widest point.
Wink Sink No. 2 formed in 2002 around a well that once supplied water for drillers on the the Hendrick Oilfield. The larger of Winkler County's two sinkholes, it measures 900 feet across at its widest point.

A recent study has thrust the Wink Sinks — two breathtaking sinkholes in Winkler County which have long been objects of fear and fascination — into the national spotlight. 

The Meadows Foundation and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation have supported energy coverage, and the Burdine Johnson Foundation has supported coverage of the environment.

EPA: North Texas Quakes Likely Linked to Oil and Gas Drilling

Kaylen Holmesly, a 7th grade resident of Azle, Texas, testifies before the Texas Railroad Commission and voiced her concern about an increased number of earthquakes around Eagle Mountain Lake on January 21st, 2014.
Kaylen Holmesly, a 7th grade resident of Azle, Texas, testifies before the Texas Railroad Commission and voiced her concern about an increased number of earthquakes around Eagle Mountain Lake on January 21st, 2014.

Federal regulators believe “there is a significant possibility” that a recent surge in North Texas earthquakes is linked to oil and gas activity, even if state regulators won’t say so.

 

Toxic Landfill Plan Near Colonia Raises Racism Charges

Alejandro Obregon and his wife, Rocio, stand in front of their home near the site of a landfill proposed by developer C. Y. Benavides, about 20 miles east of Laredo. Their daughter, Abigail, is at right.
Alejandro Obregon and his wife, Rocio, stand in front of their home near the site of a landfill proposed by developer C. Y. Benavides, about 20 miles east of Laredo. Their daughter, Abigail, is at right.

Laredo residents are protesting a proposed landfill that they say will make their community a dumping ground for toxic waste from across the United States and Mexico.