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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

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Coal permits are protested

A watchdog group says Texas’ environmental agency, working with electric companies, violated the federal Clean Air Act by increasing allowable power plant emissions without telling the public or the EPA.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Obama administration issues rule to protect wetlands, 75% percent of Texas’ streams

AUSTIN – 75% of Texas’ streams, including those feeding the Colorado River, Trinity River, and Galveston Bay, will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years.

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Texas drought begins to fade

Last summer, Wichita Falls was the poster child of Texas suffering from drought. The city’s water situation was such that it pioneered the treatment, blending and reuse of wastewater for its residents as lake levels lowered.

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Victory for solar in North Richland Hills | Luke Metzger

Last night, the city council of North Richland Hills (a suburb of Fort Worth) voted 6-1 to largely overturn an anti-solar ordinance they adopted in December. The move came after residents of North Richland Hills delivered over 800 petition signatures to the City Council demanding the ordinance’s repeal.  

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Abbott backs freedom for fracking

Amid concerns of earthquakes and the balance of state and municipal power, a bill to stop cities from outright banning oil and gas operations got the governor's signature and is effective immediately.

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