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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

On the Right Track: DART Rail Saves Energy and Protects the Enviroment

Each year, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Rail System saves area travelers about 8.8 million gallons of gasoline -­ the same amount of fuel consumed by more than 15,000 cars annually.

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Report | Environment Texas

Global Warming and Extreme Weather

Patterns of extreme weather are changing in the United States, and climate science predicts that further changes are in store. Extreme weather events lead to billions of dollars in economic damage and loss of life each year. Scientists project that global warming could affect the frequency, timing, location and severity of many types of extreme weather events in the decades to come.

 

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News Release | Environment Texas

After Yet Another Gulf Rig Explosion President Obama Should Permanently Ban New Drilling

AUSTIN - This morning, around 9:30 AM, another rig exploded into in the Gulf of Mexico.  According to Coast Guard reports, the accident took place 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana on the Vermilion rig 380, which is owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy. Thirteen workers were on the rig at the time and all are reported to be safe. Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas released the following statement:

 

We are stunned to hear of yet another rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico -- President Obama should need no further wake-up call to permanently ban new drilling.  He should radically strengthen oversight of the existing offshore oil industry to prevent more accidents like the one today, but also permanently protect the coasts where we don’t drill now.

 

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment TexasPraises House Lifting BP Liability Limit and Investing in Our Treasured Lands and Waters, Pans Hypocrisy of Lifting Deep Water Moratorium

Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation responding to the ongoing BP oil spill.  The CLEAR Act (H.R.3534) will require oil companies to pay for environmental damage caused by spills, reform oil drilling oversight, end some loopholes in environmental rules for on-shore oil and gas drilling, and provide permanent funding for land and water conservation.  Before it passed, however, the House added an amendment offered by Representatives Melancon and Childers that would allow deep water drilling to resume before the end of the administration’s six-month moratorium.

Environment Texas’ Luke Metzger issued the following statement in response:

“This bill takes a step forward on holding oil companies accountable for spills, securing funding for treasured lands and making modest reforms for on-shore drilling.  We are extremely disappointed that the bill takes a step backwards in protecting the Gulf Coast by lifting a commonsense timeout for deepwater exploration put in place by the Obama administration.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Congress to Vote on Oil Leak Response Bill Tomorrow

AUSTIN – Environment Texas called upon the Texas Congressional Delegation to support the CLEAR Act, Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act, (H.R. 3534), scheduled for a vote tomorrow in the U.S. House. The bill

    * Holds BP accountable for the oil spill by lifting the cap on liability.
    * Reforms offshore oil and gas drilling by tightening safety and permitting provisions
    * Provides funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund to acquire and protect key treasured lands in Texas, including Big Bend National Park and Big Thicket National Forest

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger said, “We must do everything possible to ensure that a disaster in the Gulf never happens again. The CLEAR Act holds BP accountable, tightens safety standards on offshore drilling, and provides millions of dollars for Texas natural areas like Big Bend and the Big Thicket.”

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