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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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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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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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10 Billion Pounds of Chemicals Injected Underground in Texas for Fracking

AUSTIN –10 billion pounds of chemicals have been pumped underground  to frack 54,958 wells in Texas since 2011, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. Written along with the Frontier Group, the study, Fracking by the Numbers, quantifies how 138,000 fracking wells permitted over the last decade across the country have harmed the nation’s air, water, land and climate.

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San Antonio ranks 7th in nation for solar

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio experienced major growth in solar capacity in 2015, going from 88 megawatts (MW) to 108 MW in one year, an increase of about 23 percent. The Alamo City ranked 1st in Texas and 7th nationally for solar capacity, just behind Indianapolis and ahead of New York, thanks in large part to continued investment by local utility CPS Energy. 

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