Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas


What Is Environment Texas?


Environment Texas is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization.  Its core mission is to protect air, water, and open spaces in Texas through education and research. Environment Texas conducts policy-focused research at its Environment Texas Research & Policy Center.

The organization is currently focused on its Texas Clean Air Project, the protection of Barton Springs and preventing off-shore drilling in the Eastern Gulf. The group also works closely with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to protect state parks.

Through the Texas Clean Air Project, Environment Texas successfully sued Shell Oil in 2009 and Chevron Phillips in 2010 for violating the Clean Air Act. Both companies were forced to significantly reduce their pollution levels and pay several million dollars in fines.

In 2011, Environment Texas partnered with the Sierra Club to file a similar suit against ExxonMobil. No trial date has been set, but if found guilty of environmental violations, ExxonMobile could face $37,000 in fines per day for each violation.



Latest Posts

Residents Tell EPA: We’re Not Secondary To Refinery Profits

People who live near refineries along the Gulf Coast are calling for tougher, federal rules to curb air pollution. The pleas were made at a Federal Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), public hearing held Tuesday in Galena Park. The community is on Houston’s east side is in the heart of the oil-refining complex along the Ship Channel. The industry […]

How Texas Voted On Prop 6, and What it Could Mean for the Water Plan

How Texas counties voted on Prop 6. Counties in Blue passed the measure; Counties in Red voted against it. Map by Matt Wilson/StateImpact. There wasn’t much nail-biting on either side of the Proposition 6 debate as people watched the votes come in on Tuesday. The measure, which will move $2 billion dollars from the state’s […]

How Prop 6 Passed, and What’s Up Next for Water Projects in Texas

Texans overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment Tuesday to jump-start financing for water projects in the state: Proposition 6. The plan will take $2 billion in surplus state money (from the Rainy Day Fund) to start a low-interest loan program for water projects in Texas. The measure had widespread support from both sides of the aisle as well as business […]

Governor Signs Water Bills, Vetoes Reform for Oil and Gas Regulators

On Friday, Governor Rick Perry signed several water conservation bills intended to address the state’s drought and water supply problem, and also vetoed a major Ethics Commission sunset bill. The sunset bill, Senate Bill 219, would have required members of the Railroad Commission, the state authority charged with regulating the oil and gas industry, to […]

Major Water Funding Bill Moves One Step Forward, Prioritizes Conservation

Significant new funding for water projects in a dry, thirsty Texas moved one step closer to becoming a reality today. The bill, HB 4, would take money from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to start a loan program for new water projects. It passed unanimously in a committee, and now it heads to the House floor for […]

List of Texas Water Projects Draws Concerns Over Conservation

Within days of the announcement earlier this year that the state legislature could get serious about funding new water projects in Texas, folks started having questions. Where will that money go? Why not make more of the water we have instead of building more reservoirs? And what’s to prevent the proposed $2 billion ‘water bank’ […]

Exxon Refinery in Baytown Releases Massive Amount of Chemicals

Early yesterday morning, something went wrong at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown, east of Houston. In an emissions event report to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), ExxonMobil reports that there was shutdown of a unit at the refinery after a heat exchanger tube leaked, and the event is still ongoing. Judging by the […]

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