Two days after U.S. Sen. John Cornyn filed legislation seeking to expedite a hurricane protection plan for Texas, U.S. Rep. Randy Weber said he expects to introduce a companion bill in the U.S. House in the coming weeks.Full Story
Hundreds of industrial facilities across Texas are illegally spewing millions of pounds of toxic pollutants into the air each year when they break down or perform maintenance and state environmental regulators are not adequately policing the rogue emissions, according to a new report.Full Story
For more than two decades, federal and state health officials have known that residents of a poor community in the Rio Grande Valley are eating fish laced with unsafe levels of toxic chemicals, but they haven't found a way to stop it. Educational campaigns have helped some, but a long-term solution is proving elusive.Full Story
A state plan to eradicate invasive Carrizo cane along the Rio Grande — cited by Gov. Greg Abbott as a border security priority — is finally getting some funding after sitting dormant for almost a year. But environmental groups are ramping up to protest use of herbicides and aerial spraying to wipe out the pesky plant.Full Story
D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, has a history with cases involving the Environmental Protection Agency, which Texas has sued 24 times since Obama took office.Full Story
The Clear Lake area features some of the nation's fastest-growing cities. Several experts worry that these low-lying coastal areas are now more vulnerable to storms — and that the general public has little idea of the risk. Read more in our "Hell and High Water" project, done in collaboration with ProPublica.Full Story
Storage tanks along the Houston Ship Channel hold one of the world's largest concentrations of oil, gases and chemicals. These products are vital to the U.S. economy, but scientists fear there is a disaster waiting to happen when Houston's perfect storm comes. Read more about their concerns in our "Hell and High Water" project, done in collaboration with ProPublica.Full Story
Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city, is a vital economic hub. So what would happen if hits the region in just the right spot? This episode of Reveal looks at a worst-case storm scenario for the region. This program is done in collaboration with The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, which co-produced the "Hell and High Water" multimedia project.Full Story
In the state’s first lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2016, Texas is suing the agency for rejecting parts of a seven-year-old state proposal targeted at reducing haze in wilderness areas. This is Texas' 24th lawsuit against the EPA since Obama took office in 2009.Full Story
Texas is suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency again. This time, the state is targeting tightened standards on ground-level ozone — President Obama’s effort to cut down on smog that chokes the nation’s skies.Full Story
Texans could hardly avoid the doom-and-gloom headlines about plummeting oil prices in 2015. But that was far from the only major storyline in energy this year. Here are the top six.Full Story
North Texas’ Barnett Shale — one of the country’s largest natural gas fields and the birthplace of modern fracking — holds twice as much reachable gas as previously thought, the federal government says.
As the Blanco River rose rapidly in the early hours of May 24th, phones around Wimberley — most of which had 512 area codes — received urgent text alerts: danger, flooding, seek shelter. Laura McComb, who had a 361 area code, did not receive any such text.Full Story
Former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is not running for state railroad commissioner, and he says that Donald Trump has something to do with that.
Negotiators from nearly 200 nations, including the United States, struck an unprecedented climate agreement on Saturday that could have big implications for Texas — and also face big pushback from state leaders.Full Story
Paul Chu, founding director and chief scientist at the University of Houston’s Texas Center for Superconductivity, discusses how energy storage could revolutionize the grid, and how Texas plays a role in advancing the technology.Full Story
Energy Future Holdings, mired in bankruptcy, has agreed to pay up to $2 million to help clean up long-abandoned uranium mines in New Mexico — a sum far lower than the federal government originally sought.Full Story
The Texas land commissioner on Tuesday asked to joined seven North Texas families in a federal lawsuit that accuses the U.S. Bureau of Land Management of perpetuating an “arbitrary seizure” of land along a 116-mile strip of the river, whose changing course has fueled a century’s worth of property disputes along the state’s border with Oklahoma.Full Story
In her disease ecology lab in College Station, Sarah Hamer, peering through a microscope, examines an exotic tick the size of a poppy seed that's typically only found in Central and South America. How it made its way to Texas and whether it has the potential to transport tick-borne diseases that would affect human and animal health in the United States, are questions Hamer and a team of researchers are determined to answer.Full Story
A group of minority investors is threatening to derail a plan to lift Texas’ biggest power conglomerate from one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in American history.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller will wait to hike fees on many licenses, registrations and services that his agency provides — a response to widespread concerns from state lawmakers and the agriculture community.
Tired of waiting on lawmakers and bureaucrats to clear up their limbo, a group of North Texans has turned to the courts in an effort to reclaim thousands of acres of ranch and farmland along the Texas side of the Red River. It's land they’ve long tended — but the federal government claims it as its own.Full Story
You can bet the farm on this: The Texas agricultural community isn't happy with the state Department of Agriculture's proposed fee hikes. Commissioner Sid Miller says he's prepared to "put on my rawhide underwear and take all the chewings."Full Story