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How Texas lawmakers have weakened citizens’ rights to fight pollution

At the behest of the industry, legislators have chipped away at the environmental permitting process in Texas, stacking the deck against concerned people protesting industrial projects.

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Climate

Texas: See flood risk of home, potential need for insurance

As global climate change begins to make a home in the United States in the form of rising seas, punishing storms, and more intense rainfall, the federal government underestimates the flood risk for 290,887 households and properties in Texas, a wide-ranging scientific analysis found.

theintercept.com
Justice

Louisiana environmental activists charged with "terrorizing" plastics giant

The two environmental activists face 15 years of prison in the latest instance of the criminalization of dissent.
thefern.org
Justice

The pandemic is just the latest threat faced by refugee food workers in Texas

The AbiMar Foods processing plant avoided disaster when COVID-19 spread across Texas, but as workers return to the new normal, they worry about their jobs.

www.eenews.net
Climate

Trail of spills haunts Dakota Access developer

Federal pipeline inspectors didn't like what they found when they looked at construction of the Permian Express pipeline. Unqualified welders were fusing the pipe together in central Texas, using unapproved methods.

civileats.com
Justice

Red Wing United is building power in Laredo, 'the last place to get aid'

Two young organizers have rallied the border town community to meet the needs of the most vulnerable during the pandemic.
www.nytimes.com
Biodiversity

A new viral outbreak is killing rabbits

This virus is deadly, long-lived and highly contagious, but it doesn’t affect people or other animals.
grist.org
Toxics

EPA settlements are supposed to hold polluters accountable. Will coronavirus get them off the hook?

Hundreds of cities and polluting industries agreed to clean up their act after being sued by the government. Now, many are asking for leniency.
www.post-gazette.com
Toxics

Could plugging orphan wells keep the suffering oil industry afloat?

Proposals to fund plugging of abandoned old oil and gas wells are gaining support across the U.S. as a way to restore jobs for oil workers displaced during the pandemic-driven price crash.

www.politico.com
Climate

Pandemic costs clean energy sector nearly 600,000 jobs

Companies cut 447,200 clean energy jobs in April, more than triple the number it lost in March.
www.houstonchronicle.com
Toxics

Pollution returns to Houston, as coranavirus restrictions loosen

Houston's air pollution is returning to normal levels, following a period of cleaner skies during the stay-at-home orders put in place to slow the spread the coronavirus.

www.nytimes.com
Toxics

Natural gas exports slow as pandemic reduces global demand

Businesses in the United States, Israel and other countries were planning to invest billions in export terminals. Now, those projects are being canceled or delayed.
www.eenews.net
Climate

Climate change unleashes interstate water wars

The Supreme Court next term will weigh in on a battle between New Mexico and Texas over Pecos River flows. Legal experts say the justices could hear more cases like this as climate change intensifies interstate water wars.
stateimpact.npr.org
Toxics

Report: Chesapeake Energy plans to file for bankruptcy

Oklahoma-based company led land rush into northeast Pennsylvania at start of fracking boom.

www.nytimes.com
Toxics

Texas oil boomtowns devastated by coronavirus

For over a decade, the Permian Basin has been the epicenter of the American oil boom. Now, it’s the epicenter of its demise.
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