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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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Save Texas' honeybee this Earth Day

Forty-five years ago, the first Earth Day spawned great progress for our air, water and natural areas.

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House moves forward with bill to stop fracking bans

After three hours of spirited debate, the Texas House of Representatives on Friday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would prohibit fracking bans like the one Denton voters approved in November.

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Texas House OKs fracking bill

After three hours of spirited debate, the Texas House of Representatives on Friday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would prohibit fracking bans like the one Denton voters approved in November.

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Fracking bans targeted in House

Making good on a vow by Gov. Greg Abbott to wipe out some local regulations, the state House on Friday dealt a blow to the notion of local control in Texas by approving legislation to strip cities and counties of the power to ban fracking.

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House OKs bill to strip away local bans on fracking

Making good on a vow by Gov. Greg Abbott to wipe out some local regulations, the state House on Friday dealt a blow to the notion of local control in Texas by approving legislation to strip cities and counties of the power to ban fracking.

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