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Public News Service - TX: Energy Policy

Oil-soaked beaches were familiar sights on the Texas coast in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. (dehooks/iStockphoto)

GALVESTON, Texas - An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform seven years ago released crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, the largest spill in U.S. history. A new National Wildlife Federation report outlines priorities for the $16 billion fund to restore coastal areas of Tex

A new report ranks San Antonio seventh in the country in terms of installed solar-power capacity. (CPS Energy)

SAN ANTONIO - The solar-power industry in Texas has grown consistently in the past few years, but its advocates say clouds on the horizon could slow that progress. Research from the Solar Foundation showed that employment in solar-industry jobs grew 34 percent in Texas last year, and the number of

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline would transport natural gas across a 148-mile stretch of West Texas to Mexico, including tunneling under the Rio Grande River. (struvictory/iStockphoto)

ALPINE, Texas – A recent victory by protesters in North Dakota to stop a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline has inspired West Texas environmental groups that oppose a similar project. Protesters of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, including the Big Bend Defense Coalition, have recently escalated

A swimmer prepares to dive into the cold, clear water of the pool at Balmorhea State Park. (Texas Parks and Wildlife photo)

ALPINE, Texas – Environmentalists are deeply concerned over plans by a Texas oil company to drill thousands of wells near iconic Balmorhea State Park in the Big Bend region. Houston-based Apache Corporation has leased 300,000 acres surrounding the environmentally sensitive park and plans to us

Native Americans and environmental groups protest at the Houston headquarters of Energy Transfer Partners, the contractor building Dakota Access and other pipeline projects. (Grassroots Global Justice Alliance)

HOUSTON – A coalition of environmental groups and Native American activists has taken protests over a controversial pipeline to the Houston offices of the company building the project. Dressed in traditional tribal garb, chanting and dancing to native drums, dozens gathered this week at the h

A new study finds that implementation of the Clean Power Plan could significantly lower Texans' energy bills over the next 15 years. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Without changes in the way electricity is produced and how it is used, a new study says Texans will likely see a 49 percent increase in their electric bills over the next 15 years. But the report from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that implementing the Obama admin

Methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations contribute to climate change. (MajaPhoto/iStock)
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AUSTIN, Texas - Five regions of Texas, including the massive Permian Basin and the Gulf Coast Basin, are among the areas of the country experiencing the most methane pollution leaked by hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas production. According to the Center for American Progress, 11 companies

A new mapping tool pinpoints the locations of Texas oil and gas facilities within a half-mile radius of homes, neighborhoods, schools and hospitals. (Aneese/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - More than 1.5 million Texans live within one-half mile of oil and gas facilities that can release toxic emissions that are threats to health and the environment. A new mapping tool from Earthworks and the Clean Air Task Force pinpoints the locations of almost 400,000 oil and gas faci

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