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 ...

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.

McKinney Falls State Park
McKinney Falls State Park

Texas Parks Facing Long-Term Budget Woes

Texas Parks and Wildlife launched a public fundraising campaign last month to fill a significant budget shortfall. And as Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, the next few years could prove even rougher for state parks if the drought and extreme heat persist.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/2/12

The first week of 2012 started with the first presidential voting of the cycle, and our coverage included Dehn's videos of Rick Perry's "reassessment" and "next leg of the marathon" speeches, Ramshaw's reporting on the rationale behind his decision and Root's analysis of just what happened in the hours after the Iowa results came in, plus Galbraith on the Texas critters that might be added to the endangered list, Tan's look at new laws regulating payday lenders, Hamilton on an impending battle over tuition increases at UT, and Murphy with a new data map using the latest Census numbers for Texas: The best of our best content from January 2 to 6, 2012.

The Blanco River during the big drought of 2011. June 4th, 2011.
The Blanco River during the big drought of 2011. June 4th, 2011.

Texas Drought May Leave Long-Lasting Damage

The statewide drought, and the accompanying extreme heat and severe wildfires, made 2011 a historic year for Texas. But as Mose Buchele of KUT News and StateImpact Texas reports, some effects of this year's weather will likely be felt for years to come.

Luxury houses against the fence line at Camp Bullis on the northern outskirts of San Antonio, Texas. Camp Bullis is a 28,000-acre U.S. Army training camp located in Bexar County, Texas and is used primarily as a field training site for military medics stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center at nearby Fort Sam Houston.
Luxury houses against the fence line at Camp Bullis on the northern outskirts of San Antonio, Texas. Camp Bullis is a 28,000-acre U.S. Army training camp located in Bexar County, Texas and is used primarily as a field training site for military medics stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center at nearby Fort Sam Houston.

Texas Military Bases Battle Encroachment of Cities

The ever-expanding suburbs of San Antonio have created light, noise and endangered species challenges for Camp Bullis, where all military medics train. Other bases around Texas are also facing an array of encroachment issues.

With the Drought, More Dust Storms

Despite last weekend's rains, the Texas drought lingers — and experts say the number of irritating and dangerous dust storms could increase across the state, especially in West Texas and the Panhandle.

Can Texas Make It Rain?

Speculation that the drought gripping the state could last through 2020 has scientists in Texas looking to so-called weather modification, which, as Matt Largey of KUT News reports, involves using the power of science to play Mother Nature.