News Release | Environment Texas

Governor expected to sign “Denton fracking bill”

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott is expected to sign HB 40 today, legislation which restricts local governments from adopting many health and safety protections to limit the worst impacts of oil and gas operations.

News Release | Environment Texas

Officials call on Texas to go big on solar

AUSTIN – Thirty civic leaders from El Paso to Houston today called for the state to generate 20 percent of its electricity from solar power within a decade. The bi-partisan group, which includes the Mayors of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Georgetown and county officials in Pecos, Nueces and El Paso counties, wrote Gov. Abbott and urged him to “make solar energy a key element of Texas’ energy future.” The non-profit Environment Texas Research and Policy Center also announced a plan to distribute door to door 46,000 flyers about how Texas families can go solar.

News Release | Environment Texas

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.

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.

News Release | Environment Texas

Texas Senate votes to repeal successful renewable energy law

"It's a big mistake to end the renewable energy program," said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. "The Senate voted to pull the rug out from under the wind and solar industries just as they're taking off and helping our environment and economy. They are unfairly targeting wind and solar even as the vast majority of state subsidies go to fossil fuels. This is bad policy and will bite us in the rear when we're looking for ways to comply with new federal environmental standards."

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