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Environment
2:07 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Environmentalists & Attorney General Both Happy About EPA Case, But For Different Reasons

EPA

Texas Environmentalists and Attorney General Greg Abbott are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court is willing to hear the case regarding how the Environmental Protection Agency will regulate power plant greenhouse gases.

"We hope the Supreme Court rules in the EPA’s favor -- that they adopt the standards -- however, even if they don’t the EPA does have other ways to get at this issue," said Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas.

Metzger said the EPA could rewrite the rules and target chemical pollutant that is emitted with the carbon gases.

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Texas Drought
8:53 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Texas Ag Commissioner Pushes Water Conservation To Save Highland Lakes

March 30, 2013: Around many parts of Lake Buchanan, lost items like this old mooring rope can be found once again as much of the water has long since evaporated.
©Aaron Bates Photography. Twitter @AaronBatesPhoto

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is strongly urging cities and all households, especially those in the Highland Lakes region, to adopt his “Texas Water Smart” program to conserve water and reduce the need for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to shut off the flow of water downstream.  

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Texas Coast
10:21 am
Fri September 20, 2013

LCRA Wants To Stop The Flow Of Water Into Matagorda Bay

Lower Colorado River Authority

The Lower Colorado River Authority’s board voted 9-6 to stop the flow of water going into the Matagorda Bay’s estuaries.

The board will ask the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cease the flow of the 5,800 acre feet of water projected for the area.

"The idea there is that there would be a small area at the delta where the Colorado River flows into Matagorda Bay that would be a refuge area where fish and shellfish can survive a drought," said Jennifer Walker with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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Bracken Bat Cave
2:13 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Watch 10 Million Bats Emerge At Bracken Bat Cave -- From Your Couch

Millions of bats begin their nightly flight at sundown at the Bracken Bat Cave.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

You usually have to sign up to go out to the Bracken Bat Cave to see the world's largest bat colony leave the confines of their cave home for the night, but now you can just pull up a website.

The Bracken "Bat Cam" is now live -- though there isn't much to see early in the day -- and the bats begin their exodus at about 7:30 p.m.

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Environment
4:21 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Environmental Group Says Coal Power Plants Are "Putting Texas In The Frying Pan"

Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger.
Environment Texas

New Environmental Protection Agency rules for power plants go into effect on Sept. 20 and a new report details how Texas power plants are one of the leading causes of global warming in the country.

Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger said their study shows Texas is the leading nation when it comes to power plant pollution. Texas is home to two of the dirtiest plants in the United States in the Martin Lake Plant, located south of Longview, and the W.A. Parish Plant, which is just outside of Houston. 

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BP Oil Spill
5:20 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Texas Supreme Court To Rule In BP Insurance Case

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court has asked that the Texas Supreme Court make a ruling on whether oil giant BP had adequate insurance coverage prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Osler McCarthy, a staff attorney for public information at the Texas Supreme Court, said that when BP asked its  insurance company, to pay up, its insurer told them they weren't covered.

McCarthy said the court will be examining if the primary coverage was enough for BP to be covered for the pollution damage to the Texas Coast or if the company should have purchased additional umbrella policies.

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

CPS Energy Working Toward Transparency On New Bills

blog.cpsenergy.com/fuel-costs-transparency
CPS Energy

Responding to criticism that it has failed to meet promises for additional transparency made by its CEO, this month CPS Energy will begin offering customers a breakdown of some of their costs.

A line on the back of the CPS Energy bill shows the customer’s Cost for Fuel Adjustment, the relative cost of different sources of energy it uses in its portfolio.

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Environment
9:10 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ecology And Biology The Main Attraction At New Hardberger Center

Hardberger Park's new Urban Ecology Center is set to open Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, and holds enough space for multiple nature classes and large receptions.
Kelli Epp

San Antonio is opening its first major Urban Ecology Center this weekend in Phil Hardberger Park. The city said the new venue is designed as a gathering place for nature studies and major events.

With over 18,000 square feet, the new facility can offer space for everything from gardening classes to large wedding receptions. Parks Project Manager Sandy Jenkins said the facility is built for the purpose of education on anything having to do with nature.

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Environment
5:02 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Texas Drought Leaves Lakeside Resort Far From Shore

A commercial marina's docks are yards away from the waterline of White River Lake, Texas, due to ongoing drought conditions, July 9, 2013. (Betsy Blaney/AP)

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:56 pm

Texas is experiencing a historic drought. While 2011 was the hottest year on record for the state, 95 percent of Texas is still in some form of drought.

One of the hardest hit areas is Central Texas in the Highland Lakes region, which until recently was a major tourist destination.

Two lakes, Travis and Buchanan, are the primary water supply for 1 million residents, mostly those living in nearby Austin, now the 11th largest city in the U.S.

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BP Oil Spill
4:16 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

BP Wants To Halt Deepwater Horizon Claims Process

Crude oil that leaked from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sits on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:21 pm

BP is fighting the settlement it agreed to last summer that let the oil company avoid thousands of potential lawsuits over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Just after the spill, when oil was still gushing into the Gulf, BP touted the $20 billion it set aside for claims. But now it says the claim process is corrupt and is hoping a court will overturn the settlement that established the claims fund.

Ending the claims would mean stopping a well-oiled machine.

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