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Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

Report | Environment Texas

Getting Off Oil: A 50-State Roadmap for Curbing Our Dependence on Petroleum

America’s dependence on oil inflicts a heavy toll on our environment. There are many technologies and policy tools, however, that can curb America’s dependence on oil.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Health Advisories for Texas Beaches Increase Threefold in 2010

AUSTIN – As Texans flock to the beach, pollution from stormwater runoff and sewage overflows continue to plague Texas’s coast. Environment Texas reported that health advisories due to pollution at Texas beaches went up last year - totaling 704 days of beach advisories, according to Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) 21st annual beachwater quality report released today.

“Our beaches are a pride of Texas and places that people across the region come to visit during the summer,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “But every year we see health advisories issued due to excess pollution. It is time that we take the common sense steps to keep our beaches clean.”

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News Release | Environment Texas

Exxon Loses Bid to Halt Clean Air Act Suit

HOUSTON – A federal court yesterday rejected a motion by ExxonMobil Corporation and two subsidiaries to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by Sierra Club and Environment Texas. The lawsuit alleges thousands of violations of the Clean Air Act at the nation’s largest oil refinery and chemical plant complex, located in Baytown, Texas. According to the groups, millions of pounds of pollutants have been released in these violations.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Mixed Results for Environment in 82nd Legislature

The chemicals used in certain oil and gas drilling techniques will soon have to be disclosed to the public in Texas, but regulators will have a more difficult time curtailing pollution from drilling under two bills passed by the Texas Legislature and sent to the Governor this week. The Legislature adopted bills promoting energy efficiency and television recycling and removing barriers to installation of solar panels, but also made massive budget cuts to the state parks system.

“The dramatic growth of drilling using the fracking technique – often right in the middle of major populations – has caused many Texans to fear for the health of their families,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “This bill is a first step in addressing these concerns. Texans have a right to know exactly what we’re being exposed to.”

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Blog Post

Bills Still Standing | Luke Metzger

With just a few days left in the session, here are some of the key environmentally-related bills still moving. 

Good Bills

Fracking Chemical Disclosure (HB 3328) - passed Senate, going to conference committee. More.

Solar Leasing Bill (SB 981) - passed House. Once the bill's author - Sen. John Carona - concurs with the House amendments, it'll go to the Governor

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