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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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State limits local control on oil/gas

With hardly any debate, the Texas Senate on Monday easily approved a House bill that would make it clear that it is the state — not local governments — which has the authority to regulate the oil and gas industry in Texas.

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Senate passes measure banning cities' anti-fracking ordinances

Senators delivered a sweeping victory Monday to oil and gas operators in a fight that has roiled North Texas and pitted a key state industry against communities’ desire to restrict fracking.

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Texas Senate approves fracking bill

AUSTIN — With hardly any debate, the Texas Senate on Monday easily approved a House bill that would make it clear that it is the state — not local governments — which has the authority to regulate the oil and gas industry in Texas.

The final vote for House Bill 40 was 24-7.

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Bill reining in rules on fracking is approved

As environmental groups held a mock funeral Monday to mourn the death of local control, the Texas Senate approved limiting municipal control over oil and gas drilling and prohibiting any city from banning hydraulic fracturing.

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Lawmakers vote to block fracking bans

The Texas Senate approved a bill to block communities' efforts to restrict fracking and limit oil and gas drilling within municipal boundaries, delivering a significant victory to the energy industry over environmentalists and advocates for local control.

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