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Environment Texas Research & Policy Center calls for moratorium on oil infrastructure

AUSTIN -- As the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) prepares to hear from Chairman Wayne Christian’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Oil Economic Recovery next Tuesday, June 16, Environment Texas Research and Policy Center has released a new report urging the RRC to address environmental damage from oil and gas production and to pause construction of new oil and gas infrastructure. 

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Environmental Groups Take Legal Action Over Air Pollution from Industrial Flares

“In our Clean Air Act lawsuit against ExxonMobil, an expert on industrial flares testified at trial that illegal flaring emissions from the company’s Baytown petrochemical complex were probably three to four times higher than the amounts ExxonMobil reported — and that testimony went completely unrebutted,” said Luke Metzger, Executive Director of Environment Texas.  “These hidden impacts on surrounding communities are significant, as the reported violations alone already totaled 10 million pounds of harmful chemicals.”

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Proposed Rule Could Triple Size of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary 100 miles off the Texas coast provides critical habitat for sea turtle, manta rays, and the healthiest coral ecosystems in the world.  NOAA has proposed an expansion that would tripple the size of the sanctuary, expanding it from 56 to 160 square miles. They are asking for public comment through July 3rd on the size of the expansion, weather to allow longline and spear fishing inside the boundries, and other details of the proposal. Sign up to give public testimony today!

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U.S. Senate one step closer to a major investment in America’s public lands

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to end debate on the Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan bill to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and provide $9.5 billion over five years to fix maintenance problems that are plaguing America’s public lands. The “cloture” vote on the bill introduced by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) passed the Senate with a vote of 80-17. Senator Cornyn voted yes while Senator Cruz voted no. We expect a final vote on the Senate floor later this week.

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U.S. Senate one step closer to a major investment in America’s public lands

“We’re a step closer to finally, fully funding America’s best conservation and recreation program. This bill is a big deal -- it’s $900 million a year, plus a short-term infusion of money to fix the maintenance issues that keep Americans from fully enjoying our public lands.” 

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