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Energy Officials: Extreme Cold Crippled Natural Gas, Wind, Coal, And Nuclear Plants

Energy officials: Extreme cold crippled natural gas, wind, coal, and nuclear plants

Every type of power generator suffered problems as a winter storm gripped Texas this week, with state and local power officials saying their industry was caught off guard by an unprecedented deep freeze. “I don’t know of one technology in producing power that has not been affected by these freezing cold temperatures,” CPS Energy President and CEO Paula Gold-Williams told reporters Tuesday. “It is very hard to start a plant and keep it going at these temperatures.” Read more from…

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This Land Is Our Land

This land is our land

Gabe Vasquez first visited New Mexico when he was 8 years old, during a fishing trip to the Rio Grande with his father and older brother. They traveled from their home just south of the border in Ciudad Juárez and planned to camp in state parks along the river. Even now, Vasquez recalls the air of excitement in the car as he and his brother fought over who would get the Superman fishing rod and who would get Spiderman, both purchased…

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US Agency Cancels Trump Policy On Conservation Purchases

US agency cancels Trump policy on conservation purchases

U.S. Interior Department officials on Thursday canceled a Trump administration directive that gave local and state officials power to block purchases of land and water for conservation. Acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega rescinded a November order from former Secretary David Bernhardt that had been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats, who said the Trump administration ignored their wishes when it changed a program that’s paid for billions of dollars in conservation work over more than five decades. Read…

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It’s Time To Pay Attention To The Water We Cannot See

It’s time to pay attention to the water we cannot see

Texas’ rivers are iconic. The groundwater that sustains them is invisible. We see the dichotomy in state law. Naturally flowing water in rivers and streams is owned by the state and held in trust for the public good. That’s because we can see that water and what it means. It provides for our cities, towns, farms, and ranches. We live, work and play beside it. And we rely on state law to prevent it from vanishing. But groundwater law offers…

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Clean Water Projects In Texas Awarded $72M From EPA

Clean water projects in Texas awarded $72M from EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) $72,632,000 to provide low-interest loans to fund clean water projects in Texas. EPA provided the grant under the Clean Water Act’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), a federal-state partnership that provides communities low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. Read more from Water World here. 

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‘Everything Was There And Then It Wasn’t’: Developers Allowed To Skirt Tree Ordinance

‘Everything was there and then it wasn’t’: Developers allowed to skirt tree ordinance

In 2019, a city environmental plans examiner emailed then-state Rep. Roland Gutierrez to inform him he had violated San Antonio’s tree preservation ordinance by chopping down a large heritage oak without a permit on a lot he was developing. “There will be a work without permit penalty of $2,000 assessed to your project,” Robin Loyd wrote to Gutierrez, D-San Antonio. Read more from Brian Chasnoff with San Antonio Express-News here. 

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Will Nature Go Mainstream In 2021?

Will nature go mainstream in 2021?

One of the many things we’ve learned from the global shock of COVID-19 is just how intertwined humanity is with nature. A wildlife-borne pathogen has infected more than 70 million people, disrupted global supply chains, spotlighted inequities and exposed new vulnerabilities in our financial systems: the costs of our broken relationship with nature are startlingly clear. As we set our collective vision toward global recovery in 2021, recognizing and making decisions based on nature’s value will be essential for building…

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Texans For Responsible Aggregate Mining (TRAM) Invited To Contribute To House Interim Committee’s Study On Aggregate Production Operations

Texans for Responsible Aggregate Mining (TRAM) invited to contribute to House Interim Committee’s Study on Aggregate Production Operations

Hill Country Alliance - Community Program Note: The Hill Country Alliance is an active member of the Texans for Responsible Aggregate Mining (TRAM) coalition. Quarries, gravel mines, sand mines, and concrete batch plants are increasingly posing significant challenges to Hill Country communities. HCA is dedicated to helping address these issues by working with residents, legislators, state agencies, local governments, and industry through participation in TRAM. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2021 CONTACT: Fermín Ortiz, (512) 755-9393, info@tramtexas.org  As aggregate production operations…

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Editorial: Rivers Are Lifeblood Of Region

Editorial: Rivers are lifeblood of region

The owners of a youth camp near Vanderpool have filed a request for a permit to discharge 60,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day into a tributary of the Sabinal River. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which has jurisdiction in the matter, should deny the requested permit out of hand. Young Life purchased the former Camp Lonehollow on Ranch to Market Road 187, just south of Vanderpool, in 2019. The new owners want to build a wastewater treatment facility…

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Kerrville Approves Resolution Asking For Review Of Rock Crushing Plant Near Manufacturing Plants

Kerrville approves resolution asking for review of rock crushing plant near manufacturing plants

The Kerrville City Council unanimously approved a resolution that notes its opposition to a rock and concrete operation that would be sited near three of the city's most important manufacturing operations. The proposed rock crushing would be located just south of Texas 27 and Al Mooney Road near the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport. It's also outside of the city limits and the only action the city can take is voicing its opposition to the plan. Read more from Louis Amestoy with…

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