Update: Environmental leaders ask Biden to act on Permian Basin air pollution

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Luke Metzger
Executive Director

Author: Luke Metzger

Executive Director

(512) 479-9861

Started on staff: 1998
B.A., University of Southern California

As the executive director of Environment Texas, Luke is a leading voice in the state for clean air, clean water, clean energy and open space. Luke has led successful campaigns to win permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend; to compel Exxon, Shell and Chevron Phillips to cut air pollution at four Texas refineries and chemical plants; and to boost funding for water conservation and state parks. The San Antonio Current has called Luke "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has been named one of the "Top Lobbyists for Causes" by Capitol Inside, received the President's Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for his work to protect Texas parks, and was chosen for the inaugural class of "Next Generation Fellows" by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. Luke, his wife, son and daughters are working to visit every state park in Texas.

Environment Texas, as part of three dozen environmental groups, wrote to President Biden this week asking him to take action to address serious air pollution problems in the Permian Basin area of west Texas and New Mexico. For several years now, the Permian Basin has experienced soaring concentrations of groundlevel ozone pollution. In light of this, the Environmental Protection Agency has signaled that the Permian Basin should be designated a “nonattainment area,” a designation that would bring the region into compliance with ozone standards and restore clean air. We are so grateful for the EPA's proposal and urge the Administration ensures it follows through with it.

Luke Metzger
Executive Director

Author: Luke Metzger

Executive Director

(512) 479-9861

Started on staff: 1998
B.A., University of Southern California

As the executive director of Environment Texas, Luke is a leading voice in the state for clean air, clean water, clean energy and open space. Luke has led successful campaigns to win permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend; to compel Exxon, Shell and Chevron Phillips to cut air pollution at four Texas refineries and chemical plants; and to boost funding for water conservation and state parks. The San Antonio Current has called Luke "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has been named one of the "Top Lobbyists for Causes" by Capitol Inside, received the President's Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for his work to protect Texas parks, and was chosen for the inaugural class of "Next Generation Fellows" by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. Luke, his wife, son and daughters are working to visit every state park in Texas.