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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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Exxon trial begins over air pollution at nation's 2nd largest oil refinery

A trial to determine whether Exxon Mobil Corp. broke federal air pollution laws at its sprawling Baytown refinery and chemical plant is set to begin in federal court in Houston on Monday. 

In 2010, the Sierra Club and Environment Texas sued Exxon, claiming Baytown had broken its federal air permits. Using the company’s own reports to regulators, the groups claimed that between 2005 and 2010 there had been thousands of accidental releases at the refinery. By their calculation, Baytown unlawfully emitted more than 8 million pounds of pollutants, including benzene and sulfur dioxide, into the atmosphere.

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New lake to supply Dallas-Fort Worth moves forward, but environmental opposition looms

Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, supported legislation to create the $2 billion water fund, but he opposes Marvin Nichols. He worries the state is overlooking conservation and less invasive alternatives.

“This is a major decision; it’s very controversial,” Metzger said. “For the water board to side with wasteful water use and business-as-usual water strategies, against the opportunity to spend these dollars in a much more cost-effective, environmentally friendly way, is very troubling.”

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Clean Air advocates take Exxon to court

Environmentalists are heading to federal court in Houston to force Exxon Mobil Corp. to reduce air pollution at the nation's largest petroleum and petrochemical complex - something they say the government hasn't done.

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Report finds fracking drains water from drought-stricken states

“Proponents of fracking tout their ability to recycle water, but once water enters the fracking process, even if it’s recycled for fracking, it’s unlikely to enter the (environment) again,” said Dani Neuharth-Keusch, an activist at Environment Texas. “As we’re in this extreme drought, this report is another valid argument to point to against fracking.”

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Trial Begins Monday in Clean Air Act Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil

HOUSTON – Trial begins Monday in a Houston federal courtroom in a lawsuit filed by Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter and Environment Texas against ExxonMobil for massive and repeated violations of the Clean Air Act at the oil giant’s Baytown manufacturing facility, the largest in the nation. The lawsuit, which will be presided over by U.S. District Judge David Hittner, accuses ExxonMobil under the Clean Air Act (CAA) of releasing nearly 10 million pounds of pollutants in over 4,000 so-called “emission events” since 2005 from its refinery-chemical plant complex in Baytown, TX, endangering the health and safety of thousands of Houston-area residents.

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