Tribpedia: Environmental Problems And Policies

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 ...

Amid Din of Pipeline Debate, a Quieter Fight Over Property Rights

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David Daniel doesn't want the Keystone XL pipeline to cross his land
David Daniel doesn't want the Keystone XL pipeline to cross his land

In part three of a four-part series on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Terrence Henry of StateImpact Texas, in partnership with StateImpact Oklahoma, reports on the fight over property rights, which has spurred some Texas landowners to take the company building the pipeline to court. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

Pipe sections in Illinois await crews to weld and bury them during construction in 2009. This segment of the $12 billion Keystone pipeline project has already been built; a proposed pipeline through Texas still awaits government permits.
Pipe sections in Illinois await crews to weld and bury them during construction in 2009. This segment of the $12 billion Keystone pipeline project has already been built; a proposed pipeline through Texas still awaits government permits.

In Keystone Fight, a Debate Over the Risks of Crude Oil

In part two of a four-part series on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Dave Fehling of StateImpact Texas, in partnership with StateImpact Oklahoma, reports on the fight over the risks of crude oil, which supporters of the pipeline say presents no unique threat.

Texas Fawnsfoot, a potentially endangered mussel
Texas Fawnsfoot, a potentially endangered mussel

New Worries at the Bottom of Texas Rivers

With the drought receding, at least temporarily, some scientists have turned their focus to the state's waterways, where mussels have been disappearing. KUHF News' Dave Fehling reports for StateImpact Texas on the future of the organism that some consider a biological indicator of the health of the state's water system.

Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples - August 29, 2011.
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples - August 29, 2011.

In Drought Aftermath, Reasons to Worry for the Future

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Recent rains have helped fill lakes, but the drought is far from over. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples talked with StateImpact Texas about the very real possibility that the drought could linger for several years — and what's being done to help farmers and ranchers deal with that possibility.

LCRA to Consider Far-Reaching Water Plan

The Lower Colorado River Authority, the utility that controls water flowing from the Highland Lakes to the Gulf Coast, is set to approve a new plan for allocating water. But as Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas reports, the authority will first hear from the various — and often feuding — communities relying on the affected water sources.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is abandoning the use of hot-iron branding and moving towards the use of ear tags for the identification of cattle.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is abandoning the use of hot-iron branding and moving towards the use of ear tags for the identification of cattle.

For Texas Cattle Ranchers, a Long Road to Recovery

2011 — the driest year in Texas history — delivered a huge blow to cattle ranchers. And as Nathan Bernier of KUT News reports, the prospect of a continuing drought spells trouble for both ranchers and consumers.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/6/11

Aguilar on an environmental battle in South Texas, Galbraith on the impact of the drought, Grissom on the latest in the Michael Morton case, Hamilton and Theobald on plans for greater scrutiny of faculty performance, Murphy on Rick Perry's campaign donors and expenditures, Ramsey on where we stand on redistricting, Ramshaw on the intense interest in stem cell rules, Root on a congressman's controversial pipeline holdings, M. Smith on the backlash against student testing and Tan on the fight for a new medical school in Austin: The best of our best content from February 6-10, 2012. 

Coal from the Dos Republicas site in rural Maverick County is carried by train through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the border into Mexico where it can be sold.
Coal from the Dos Republicas site in rural Maverick County is carried by train through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the border into Mexico where it can be sold.

Texas Border Battle Over Mexican Company's Coal Mine

A brawl is brewing in South Texas, but this one has nothing to do with cartels or drug smuggling — it's an environmental battle over a proposed surface-mining site that some Eagle Pass residents worry will ruin their way of life.