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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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Incentives helping Texas go green

It's no surprise that oil-rich Texas is a weak market for electric cars and hybrids. But did you realize we're trying to change that - and using state money as an incentive?

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Fracking ban falls as Abbott signs bill

With the stroke of his pen, Gov. Greg Abbott may have just made Denton not only the first but also the last city in Texas to ban fracking.

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Abbott signs bill to halt fracking bans

Gov. Greg Abbott, proclaiming the need to protect private property rights, signed a measure into law Monday that cements a win for the oil and gas industry against communities that want to ban practices including fracking.

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Texas governor signs law banning local fracking restrictions

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill to block local ordinances against hydraulic fracturing. The new law comes in response to a resolution banning fracking in the Texas town of Denton, which voters passed last November. The law “preempts regulation of oil and gas activity at the city level and resides that duty with the state,” according to Abbott’s office, and it “ensures that any local regulation of surface activity is commercially reasonable and does not effectively prohibit an oil and gas operation.”

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Governor expected to sign “Denton fracking bill”

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott is expected to sign HB 40 today, legislation which restricts local governments from adopting many health and safety protections to limit the worst impacts of oil and gas operations.

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