The Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club ran the numbers, and the four proposed Brownsville LNG export terminals will produce as much nitrogen oxides annually as all the vehicles on the road in Cameron County. Find out what other pollutants the natural gas export facilities could bring to the Valley in this column by Sierran Stefanie Herweck.
Last legislative session, a concerted attack on citizens’ rights to contest environmental permits was launched by the Texas Chemical Council and others ran up against opposition from citizens, property rights advocates, environmental groups, and local government representatives. During an invited-only interim hearing this month, those same interests told the House Committee on Environmental Regulation that Texas’ unique Contested Case Hearing (CCH) process was worth preserving, and in fact, could be strengthened.
Last week, a special committee of the Texas House of Representatives began to address the emerging issue of possible links between seismic activity and hydraulic fracturing. The Special Seismic Activity Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy Resources was formed to hear concerns coming from a group of citizens living in the Azle and Reno communities northwest of Fort Worth who have been beset by a series of earthquakes they believe are linked to the numerous oil and gas wells in and around their community.
On Wednesday, July 9, after a three-hour meeting, the Austin Energy Generation & Resource Planning Task Force approved its final report that lays out ambitious goals for Austin Energy over the next 15 years. As a member of both this task force and its 2009 predecessor, I can state the plan is ambitious and I support it. If approved, it should make Austin Energy one of the cleanest and most efficient utilities in the United States.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court upheld EPA regulations that could have implications for the Lone Star state. From our Beyond Coal Team, here's a rundown of what's happening with Cross-State Air Pollution rules and what we can expect.
Registration is now open for the Earth, Wind & Fire Energy Summit in Dallas, October 4-5. This educational conference will provide balanced perspectives into several current and future energy resources in Texas, and a discussion of their potential as well as environmental and human impacts.
As summer ozone season approaches, Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Team is looking ahead to ways we can raise community awareness not only of the hazards of ground-level ozone, but also of how coal-burning power plants are a prime driver of this hazardous pollution. One way to make that link is by offering our users a service to alert them to the local risks of smog pollution -- and always presenting them with information and ways to to take action.