Between 8am on January 13, and 6:54am the next day, Marathon Petroleum’s Blanchard Galveston Bay Refinery (formerly owned by BP) in Texas City dumped an estimated 216,000 lbs. of spent catalyst into the air during a major “upset event” when air pollution control equipment failed that was designed to capture catalyst dust from a “cracking” unit. The catalytic dust, a fine white powder somewhat like talcum but grittier, fell onto the community of Bayou Vista, and visibly accumulated on cars and homes in the area. More than two months later, residents are still asking questions, concerned for their health and the health of the bay, and still getting the cold shoulder from the Marathon and the TCEQ.
[Original Post: Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune, March 24, 2015]
A Senate committee gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a bill that would limit local control over oil and gas activities across Texas — a measure being referred to as the "Denton fracking bill." The proposal is among nearly a dozen filed in the aftermath of the North Texas town's vote in November to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits, and it's among those most likely to pass.
[Original Post: Neena Satija, Texas Tribune, March 24, 2015]
Even Texans with the greenest of lawns water them too much, many landscape experts say. And if everyone would turn on the sprinklers only twice a week — still probably more than necessary — the water savings would be significant, according to a report from the Sierra Club released Tuesday.
The Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation released a report estimating that reasonable restrictions on lawn watering could save Texas billions of gallons of water every year. As shown in Water Conservation by the Yard: Estimating Savings from Outdoor Watering Restrictions, 52 billion gallons (about 158,000 acre-feet) of water savings per year could be achieved in the North Central Texas and Houston-Galveston regions alone if even minimal outdoor watering restrictions are adopted more widely.
By Dave Cortez and Mayté Salazar
Have you ever fallen behind on your bills? What about getting your power, water, or gas service cut off because you fell behind? As Austin confronts a poverty crisis, persistent drought, and ongoing economic segregation, thousands of Austinites continue to struggle to pay for one of the most fundamental services we’ve all become accustomed to – electricity.
Frisco, Texas – The newly reformed Sierra Club Cross Timbers Group, which serves Denton and Collin counties, will hold a free long-range water planning and conservation panel discussion on March 23 in Frisco.
The Rio Grande International Study Center is having a celebration to help Laredo say “no more plastic bags” and celebrate this campaign with entertainment, DJ, games, arts and crafts, a river pledge, a bike raffle, Easter eco basket giveaways, a proclamation, a visit by the Easter Bunny. Join them Saturday, March 14from 1-5pm at Mall del Norte, in the courtyard in front of Macy’s.