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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

News Release | Environment Texas

State approves new 50 year water plan

"The last drought exposed the huge amount of water waste in the Texas economy, from leaking water mains and irrigation systems to profligate water use in industry. This new water plan recognizes the powerful role that conservation and ending water waste plays in meeting our water needs. While there are still too many environmentally harmful and unnecessary projects included, the 2017 state water plan is a big improvement over the last plan and gives me hope that Texas is on the path to a water-efficient future that keeps our economy humming while protecting the waterways which make our state great."

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News Release | Environment Texas

Sunset Commission calls for tougher enforcement by oil and gas regulator

AUSTIN - Today the Sunset Commission of Texas issued its staff report on the Railroad Commission, the state's primary regulator of the oil and gas industry. The Sunset staff found that the "commission’s actions have little deterrent effect" to prevent violations of state law and recommended the agency boost enforcement efforts. Sunset staff also found that oil and gas operators are not putting up enough bond money to plug wells should the company go out of business, leaving taxpayers to pick up the costs and creating a backlog in plugging of wells.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Texas breakdown: 68 million pounds of pollution released during industrial malfunctions and maintenance last year

AUSTIN-- More than 68 million pounds of mostly illegal air pollution poured from 679 facilities in Texas during 3,421 incidents of breakdowns and maintenance in 2015, according to a new report based on state records.

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Report | Environment Texas and Environmental Integrity Project

Breakdowns in Air Quality

Texas leads the nation in energy production. But being number one also has its downsides in terms of air pollution. Well known for its hands-off approach to environmental enforcement, Texas allows industries to release excessive amounts of air pollution when old and poorly controlled equipment breaks down and when facilities undergo maintenance work. 
In 2015, 679 industrial sites in more than 100 Texas counties released more than 34,000 tons of air pollutants during 3,421 incidents of malfunctions and maintenance events, according to industry self-reported data.

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Blog Post

This Earth Day, climate action takes a big step forward! | Katie Hammer

April 22 is a big day for climate action! This Earth Day marks the historical event when more than 150 countries will come together to sign the first-ever legally binding global climate deal -- The Paris Climate Agreement.

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