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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.

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Austin Joins Nationwide Vigils Against Keystone XL | Rachel Stone

Yesterday, Environment Texas held a vigil outside of the Pickle Federal Building attended by over 50 members and volunteer activists standing against the Keystone XL. Globally, we joined over 10,000 people in 283 locations, in 49 states (plus DC and  Canada), calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Shalefield Stories: Residents on the Frontlines of Fracking Share their Stories in New Booklet

As residents of Azle, Texas call for action after a string of earthquakes likely related to injection of fracking wastewater, other Texans on the front lines of fracking recounted their stories of illness, water contamination, and damage to their livelihoods due to dirty drilling operations. Environment Texas Research & Policy Center presented the residents’ Shalefield Stories, a new booklet being distributed nationwide, as the latest evidence demonstrating the need for new standards to limit the damage from fracking.

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Report | Environment Texas

Shalefield Stories

Across the country, fracking is contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with air pollution, and turning forest acres into industrial zones.

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Combs' report: Fund water-saving ways

In a report highlighting the water woes and needs of Texas, the chief financial officer of the state called on Texas lawmakers to put forward millions of dollars in programs and a state prize to heighten innovation and conservation in water use.

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News Release | Environment Texas

City Of Houston Adopts Residential Building Energy Efficiency Codes

“Houston has done it again, blazing trails for clean energy,” said Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger. “We applaud Mayor Parker and the council for helping make sure Houston buildings are energy efficient, a critical step towards cleaning up our air and protecting our climate. Together with investments in wind power and electric vehicles, today’s vote is helping Houston rocket toward a cleaner, healthier future”

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