News Release | Environment Texas

Texas House votes to undermine local drilling health and safety rules

AUSTIN - Today the Texas House of Representatives voted 122-18 to "expressly preempt" local ordinances on oil and gas drilling and rejected amendments to preserve city authority to protect parks and public health. Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger expressed outrage, saying HB 40 undermines health and safety protections in more than 300 cities.

News Release | Environment Texas

Texas Senate votes to repeal successful renewable energy law

"It's a big mistake to end the renewable energy program," said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. "The Senate voted to pull the rug out from under the wind and solar industries just as they're taking off and helping our environment and economy. They are unfairly targeting wind and solar even as the vast majority of state subsidies go to fossil fuels. This is bad policy and will bite us in the rear when we're looking for ways to comply with new federal environmental standards."

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Civic leaders denounce drilling bill that threatens DFW residents’ health and safety

DALLAS – With the Legislature scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill preempting municipal and county oil and gas drilling ordinances, Dallas civic and environmental leaders said the legislation puts local control to protect health and safety at risk, making Dallas and the region's populations vulnerable to fire, pollution and other dangers.

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Solar energy grows 22% in Houston in 2014

AUSTIN – Houston experienced significant growth in solar energy installations in 2014, growing from approximately 4 megawatts (MW) in 2013 to 5 MW by the end of 2014, an increase of 22%. “Cities can be big stars in our transition to clean energy,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “We know that Houston has the potential to be among them.”

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Solar energy grows 62% in Austin in 2014

AUSTIN – Austin experienced explosive growth in distributed solar energy installations in 2014, growing from 13 megawatts (MW) in 2013 to 21 MW by the end of 2014, an increase of 62%. Solar panels were installed on hundreds of homes, schools and businesses, including at Huston Tillotson University, AISD’s new Performing Arts Center, Goodwill Industries and Howdy Honda.  

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