The Big Bend area is what some consider the last frontier of Texas; with its clean air, open spaces, and natural beauty. But that beauty is being threatened by a large natural gas pipeline that is slated to run through the region to supply natural gas to Mexico as part of their energy reform.
[Original Post: [Jay Root and Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune, April 27, 2015]
If Tesla Motors has any prayer of getting the green light to sell its high-end electric cars directly to Texans, the company could use a little push from state Sen. Troy Fraser. The Horseshoe Bay Republican alone has the power to schedule a public hearing before his Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development onlegislation aimed at removing barriers to the company's entry into the Texas market. He has no intention of doing so. The state's auto dealers don't want it, Fraser said, and his committee members do not want to hold a hearing, or take a vote.
[Original post: Scott Anderson, Energy Exchange, April 23, 2015]
The Texas Senate is poised to vote on House Bill 40, new legislation that threatens to gut municipal rules and oversight of oil and gas drilling. The bill, an over-the-top reaction to the Denton fracking ban, stacks the deck in favor of industry and if passed, will undo almost 100 years of local home-rule authority.
In a shameful display of kowtowing to the power of the oil and gas industry, the Texas House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to restrict the rights of citizens and cities to protect themselves against pollution and hazardous activities. In a 122-18 final vote, HB 40 now heads to the Senate, where anti-rights legislation is being passed with ease in favor of corporate interests.
Yesterday, the Senate passed SB 709, a bill designed to make it more difficult for citizens to contest permit applications at the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ), on a 22-9 vote. The bill’s author, Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), claimed that the intent of the bill is to align state statute with a recent Third Court of Appeals decision related to how and when citizens can get a hearing before an administrative law judge if that citizen believes the permit would affect them negatively.
The Texas Legislature is making decisions without your input. Don’t let that happen! Join your fellow water conservation supporters for one to two days of citizen lobbying at the state capitol (or via phone)!
The Texas Legislature is making decisions without your input. Don’t let that happen! Join your fellow wildlife supporters, state park lovers, and recycling advocates for one to two days of citizen lobbying at the state capitol (or via phone)!