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Report Finds Texas Natural Areas At Risk: 7500 Acres in Barton Springs Watershed Under "Imminent Threat"

AUSTIN—Some of our best-known natural areas, including Big Bend Ranch State Park and Padre Island National Seashore, are threatened with development and other harmful activities, according to a report released today by Environment Texas, the Save Our Springs Alliance, Texas Committee on Natural Resources, Texans for State Parks and Creating Common Ground. The groups highlighted the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer region, where Austin city staff have warned that 7500 acres are immediately threatened with development. “If we continue to allow development in natural areas like Barton Springs, Caddo Lake and our state parks, the beauty and character of our state will be lost forever,” said Environment Texas Advocate Luke Metzger. “It’s time for our elected officials to invest in Texas’ natural heritage and to provide the planning and resources we need to preserve Texas for future generations.”

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Report: Major Texas Polluters Under-Reporting 80 Percent Of Emissions

Some of Texas’ largest industrial facilities failed to report 80 percent of their actual emissions of such regulated pollutants as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and smog-forming chemicals to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) during 2003, according to the nonprofit and nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project (EIP).

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Proposed Bush Administration Toxics Rule Lets Polluters Off the Hook

A new TexPIRG analysis of a proposed Bush administration rule reveals that residents of Texas would lose valuable information about the amounts and type of harmful chemicals discharged by industrial facilities in their neighborhoods if the rule is finalized.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson proposed changes to the Toxics Release Inventory Program (TRI) in October 2005 that would significantly decrease the information that the public and state and local officials have about harmful chemicals released into Texas’ water, air, and land.

“On the anniversary of the deadliest chemical accident in history in Bhopal, India, Administrator Johnson wants to help corporate polluters hide toxic pollution,” stated TexPIRG Advocate Metzger. “The Bush Administration’s proposal puts corporations first and communities last.”

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New Analysis: Government Data Show El Paso, Laredo Water Availability Threatened By Global Warming

A new analysis of government data released today by the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) found for the first time that the West’s major river basins are getting warmer, at exactly the time of year water needs to be stored as snow to meet the region's water needs. The report finds trends that go beyond occasional or seasonal drought, showing a steadily declining snowpack in the Mountains which could mean a shortage of water flowing into rivers and communities.

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With Energy Prices Rising in the Aftermath of Katrina and Federal Government Failing to Act, Citizens and State Governments Must Step In to Reduce Oil Consumption

As the fallout from Hurricane Katrina ratchets up what were already rapidly-rising oil prices, the Texas Public Interest Research Groups (TexPIRG) and other state PIRGs called on local and state officials across the country to fill the void left by the appalling lack of federal action to address America’s over-dependence on oil.