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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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Fracking bans targeted in House

Making good on a vow by Gov. Greg Abbott to wipe out some local regulations, the state House on Friday dealt a blow to the notion of local control in Texas by approving legislation to strip cities and counties of the power to ban fracking.

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House OKs bill to strip away local bans on fracking

Making good on a vow by Gov. Greg Abbott to wipe out some local regulations, the state House on Friday dealt a blow to the notion of local control in Texas by approving legislation to strip cities and counties of the power to ban fracking.

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House approves limits on local drilling rules

State lawmakers have cranked up the volume on this message to city halls: We set the rules for drilling in Texas.

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House votes to bar fracking bans by cities

The House moved Friday to bar cities from banning fracking and placing other limits on oil and gas drilling after a debate that pitted a key state industry against communities’ desire for local control.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Texas House votes to undermine local drilling health and safety rules

AUSTIN - Today the Texas House of Representatives voted 122-18 to "expressly preempt" local ordinances on oil and gas drilling and rejected amendments to preserve city authority to protect parks and public health. Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger expressed outrage, saying HB 40 undermines health and safety protections in more than 300 cities.

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