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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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Report criticizes fracking on UT land

Drilling and hydraulic fracturing on University of Texas lands in West Texas have created an environmental and health risk, a report released Tuesday concluded.

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Fracking on University of Texas Land Is Poisoning the Air, Soil, and Water

The University of Texas has seen 1.6 million gallons of oil, waste water, and pollutants spilling from fracking sites into the ground and groundwater on lands that it leases to oil and gas companies in West Texas, according to a report from two environmental groups released today.

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EPA Water Rule Applies to Texas After All

The Obama administration’s controversial new clean water regulations apply in Texas after all.

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Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power

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Texas is a growing state for clean energy, but more could be done

Solar power capacity grew 61 percent per capita in Texas last year, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. This makes Texas the 12th-largest state in the country for solar power capacity per person in 2014.

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