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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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Meet the 2014 Environment Texas summer intern team | Luke Metzger

Every semester, we recruit and train college students to learn the skills of environmental advocacy and work alongside our staff to win real results for Texas' air, land and water. We've got a great group working with us this summer - read all about them below!

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Austin calls for closure of fracking loopholes | Luke Metzger

Today I am proud to be an Austinite.  Our city council has just enacted a resolution that has acknowledged what many government agencies have so blatantly ignored:  The harmful effects fracking has on Texan families.  The scientific and academic communities have revealed the truth about fracking. In a study done by Earthworks, they concluded that current efforts done by regulatory agencies in Texas to keep families safe are “woefully inadequate”.  Fracking produces an enormous amount of hazardous waste, including the explosive methane that infiltrates water, along with the potential of creating earthquakes.  Fracking operations in Texas produced 260 billion gallons of toxic waste in 2012 alone. The fact that the city council of Austin acknowledged all of these and more is a good sign for Texas, and hopefully other governmental bodies will add their voices.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas launches door-to-door campaign to promote water conservation, wise use of Prop 6 funds

AUSTIN – With a formal public comment period soon to begin on rules governing a new state water infrastructure fund, and amid ongoing drought, Environment Texas today announced plans to go door to door across Texas this summer to build public support for prioritizing water conservation and protection of Texas rivers. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is scheduled to release draft rules next week to govern the handling of billions of dollars in loans approved by voters in November.  

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Emissions cut fuels strong reactions

Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas

"The dirty energy companies that oppose this move may question the science and predict economic apocalypse if we act.  They can make up whatever claims they want.  But a cleaner, more energy-effient economy and environment is not going to undermine our prosperity.  In fact, our kids' future depends on it."

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South Texas economic hopes hitched to SpaceX

Noise pollution and contamination from the chemicals sprayed during rocket launches are among the issues to consider, Metzger said. Ocelots, a threatened leopard species, face the greatest risks, he said. The animals are already vulnerable to being run over by cars, and the heavy traffic of site construction would pose an even greater threat to the spotted felines.

“An area surrounded by state parks is not appropriate for industrial activity,” Metzger said. “When Texas has such little public land — less than 5 percent is publicly protected as state parks — we need to be taking the best care of the parks we do have.”

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