News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Statement: Railroad Commission doesn't inspire confidence in gas supply winterization effort

The Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s main regulator of the oil and gas industry, approved Tuesday new critical infrastructure rules to guide the winterization of the gas supply. This comes in response to freeze-offs at gas wells and other parts of the gas supply chain that were key factors in the February black-outs. 

A summer of action

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

A few of our favorite photos from this summer

News Release | Environment Texas

STATEMENT: Tropical Storm Nicholas bears down on Texas

AUSTIN, Texas -- For the sixth time in the past three months, a tropical storm or a hurricane is aiming for the now-waterlogged United States’ Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm Nicholas, which is poised to make landfall sometime Monday, would be the first to directly strike Texas in 2021. While Nicholas is unlikely to achieve hurricane status, the National Hurricane Center is warning those in its path of the potential for “life-threatening inundation” by storm surge, with as much as 20 inches of rainfall in some areas causing both that surge and flash flooding. As we saw when Hurricane Ida reached land two weeks ago, these powerful storms can lead to both power outages and industrial accidents. Like Tropical Storm Mindy last week, Nicholas developed close to the Gulf shore, leaving little time for the operators of oil, gas and other dangerous facilities to prepare for the worst. In response, Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger released the following statement:

A climate game plan for Texas

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

As America's number 1 polluter, Texas has to be part of the solution

25 days to go for Texas Legislature

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

Which environmental bills are still moving?

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New roadmap points the way for Texas cities on electric vehicles

AUSTIN - With growing recognition that fossil fuels are simply too damaging to our climate, our health and our environment, many Texas cities are adopting policies to get more electric vehicles on the road. Now a new toolkit outlines best practices from EV communities around Texas and provides examples for other local governments to follow.   

Electric vehicle toolkit for local and state governments

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

Policy makers have a big role to play in helping Texans adopt electric vehicles

News Release | Environment Texas

Texas House approves bill to block city efforts on gas pollution in buildings

Today the Texas House of Representatives voted 113-34 in support of HB 17, which would prohibit cities from directly or indirectly restricting the use of gas in buildings. The following statement can be attributed to Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger:

Vote No on HB 17 (Deshotel)

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

Bill attacks local control, energy efficiency, clean energy, climate action

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