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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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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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Agriculture not yet 'maxed out' on water efficiency

Sid Miller, the Texas agriculture commissioner, said at a recent symposium that farmers in the state have little room to save more water.

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Sid Miller says Texas farmers 'just about maxed out' in water conservation

Sid Miller, the Texas agriculture commissioner, said at a March 2015 symposium that farmers in the state have little room to save more water.

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Panel OKs plan to halt city bans on fracking

Despite public sentiment to the contrary, a key state Senate committee approved a bill Thursday limiting municipal control over oil and gas drilling and prohibiting any city from banning fracking.

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Fed regulations may shutter plants

When bald eagles at Martin Creek Lake built a nest a hundred yards or so from the shore, Luminant buried the power lines between the nest and the water. There's a delicate balance to be struck, the company says, between using resources and preserving them.

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