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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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Lawmakers vote to block fracking bans

The Texas Senate approved a bill to block communities' efforts to restrict fracking and limit oil and gas drilling within municipal boundaries, delivering a significant victory to the energy industry over environmentalists and advocates for local control.

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Senate OKs bill to bar fracking bans by cities

The Texas Senate approved a bill to block communities' efforts to restrict fracking and limit oil and gas drilling within municipal boundaries, delivering a significant victory to the energy industry over environmentalists and advocates for local control.

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Fracking gets support from lawmakers

Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries - a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation."

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State limits local control on oil/gas

With hardly any debate, the Texas Senate on Monday easily approved a House bill that would make it clear that it is the state — not local governments — which has the authority to regulate the oil and gas industry in Texas.

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Texas Senate passes bill preempting local drilling standards

AUSTIN - Today the Texas Senate passed HB 40, frequently called the "Denton fracking bill" on a third reading vote of 24-7. The bill, which "expressly preempts" local regulations of the oil and gas industry, now heads to the Governor's desk.

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