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News Release | Environment Texas

Mixed Results for Environment in 82nd Legislature

The chemicals used in certain oil and gas drilling techniques will soon have to be disclosed to the public in Texas, but regulators will have a more difficult time curtailing pollution from drilling under two bills passed by the Texas Legislature and sent to the Governor this week. The Legislature adopted bills promoting energy efficiency and television recycling and removing barriers to installation of solar panels, but also made massive budget cuts to the state parks system.

“The dramatic growth of drilling using the fracking technique – often right in the middle of major populations – has caused many Texans to fear for the health of their families,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “This bill is a first step in addressing these concerns. Texans have a right to know exactly what we’re being exposed to.”

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Bills Still Standing | Luke Metzger

With just a few days left in the session, here are some of the key environmentally-related bills still moving. 

Good Bills

Fracking Chemical Disclosure (HB 3328) - passed Senate, going to conference committee. More.

Solar Leasing Bill (SB 981) - passed House. Once the bill's author - Sen. John Carona - concurs with the House amendments, it'll go to the Governor

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Part 2: Environmental Bills to Watch | Luke Metzger

A few more bills to watch in the final weeks of session.

Fracking Disclosure: Yesterday, the House approved HB 3328 (Keffer) on second reading. The bill requires drillers of natural gas and oil to publicly disclose each chemical ingredient used in hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”) on each well - the first such law in the nation.

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News Release | Environment Texas

House Opens All Coasts to Destructive Drilling

Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1231, the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act. This is the third piece of offshore drilling legislation that House Republican leadership passed as their response to rising gas prices.  But most oil industry experts and the federal Energy Information Agency say there is no connection between expanded offshore drilling and lowering prices. Environment Texas applauded Texas Congressmen Lloyd Doggett, Charlie Gonzalez and Ruben Hinojosa for voting against the bill (the sole Texans to do so).

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger made the following statement:

“Starting last week and continuing this week, Big Oil and their allies in Congress have won a terrible trifecta, like winning horse racing’s Triple Crown, which will pave the way for risking America’s coasts with a massive expansion of offshore oil drilling.

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Environmental Bills to Watch | Luke Metzger

With just 21 days left in the legislative session, I wanted to give you a quick update on how Environment Texas' priorities are faring at the Legislature. 

State Energy Plan: What started out as a bold vision to retire some of Texas’ dirtiest coal-fired power plants and replace them with cleaner sources of energy has unfortunately devolved in to a bill which would actually move Texas backwards on clean energy.

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