How gas flare-offs could bring water

How gas flare-offs could bring water

  • August 9, 2018
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One of the biggest freshwater reservoirs in the worlds is, literally, up in the air. Between 6 and 18 million gallons of freshwater hover above every square mile of land, not counting droplets trapped in clouds. Scientists realized this centuries ago but they have never quite figured out how to bring the water down to earth. The effort required to condense it could consumer such vast quantities of energy that it has always appeared to make any effort to capture…

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In Wimberley, a fight bubbles up over sewage and a beloved swimming hole

In Wimberley, a fight bubbles up over sewage and a beloved swimming hole

  • August 9, 2018
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In November 2012, more than 100,000 gallons of sewage spilled into Plum Creek near Kyle. The partially treated sewage was managed by a private company, Aqua Texas. Now, about 18 miles away in Wimberley, a newly elected city council is considering hiring the same company to manage the city’s sewage system, halting the construction of a city-owned wastewater treatment plant….Read more from the Texas Tribune

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Hill Country Bat Cave Closure Raises Questions of Pesticide Safety

Hill Country Bat Cave Closure Raises Questions of Pesticide Safety

A State investigation is underway at a bat cave near Mason, Texas, after the spraying of pesticides by the neighboring exotic game ranch wafted onto the nature preserve, threatening harm to visitors and the 1.6 million Mexican free-tailed bats that visit there each summer. While the game ranch’s manager has acknowledged and pledged to correct what he called “a mistake,” larger implications about the pesticide’s effect on the bats remain unclear…Read more on The Rivard Report

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It’s official: CodeNext is dead

It’s official: CodeNext is dead

  • August 2, 2018
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With a unanimous vote Thursday, the Austin City Council killed off the ambitious rewrite of Austin’s land-development code known as CodeNext. The controversial project’s demise came with minimal debate as several of council members laid the blame for its failure on a convoluted process that generated widespread skepticism and criticism that ultimately doomed the years-long project….Read more on Austin American-Statesman

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