Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: July 23, 2019

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Could Bring Texas Millions For At-Risk Species

(Michael Marks, Texas Standard, Updated 07/18/19. Photo by Margo Wright.)

“State and tribal lands in the U.S. could soon receive $1.4 billion annually to support the conservation of wildlife, with Texas’s share being more than $50 million…

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would direct federal funds toward the conservation and monitoring of at-risk species nationwide.”


2.6M pounds of Houston recyclables tossed in landfill

(KHOU 11, (Jeremy Rogalski, Updated 07/16/19. Photo by KHOU.)

“The City of Houston broke its own recycling rules more than 300 times this year and sent at least 2.6 million pounds of curbside recyclables to the landfill, according to a KHOU 11 analysis of city records.

The findings have one Houston city council member calling for the ouster of longtime Solid Waste Management Department Director Harry Hayes.”


As AG takes aim at Port Arthur refinery, environmentalists to drop lawsuit attempt

(Houston Chronicle, Marissa Luck, Updated 07/23/19. Photo by Jon Shapley.)

“A trio of environmental groups will drop their case against Valero Energy’s Port Arthur refinery as the Texas Attorney General’s office instead takes the lead on suing the refiner for an alleged pattern of air emissions…

The AG’s Office said the Port Arthur refinery was “plagued with continuing problems associated with operator errors and equipment malfunctions” that led to a pattern of air pollution.”


Additional Headlines

  • 7/23/19
    • Deadly fungal disease may be linked to climate change, study suggests (Lena H. Sun – Washington Post) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 7/22/19
    • Houston sues state, river authority over forced sale of water rights (Mike Morris – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • In some Houston neighborhoods, homes that flooded are selling faster than houses that didn’t (Diane Cowen – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Houston’s resilience must improve with stronger storms coming, flood experts say (Jasper Scherer – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Kinder Morgan sues Austin suburb over anti-pipeline ordinance (Sergio Chapa – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Halliburton rolls out plan adapting to continued hydraulic fracturing slump (Sergio Chapa – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Glow in the dark ‘pocket shark’ discovered in the Gulf of Mexico (Danny Hermosillo – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 7/21/19
    • Boil water notice lifted for Spring neighborhood after E. coli detection (Brandon Scott – KHOU 11) www.khou.com
  • 7/19/19
    • Clean streets, cold beer: A winning combination for small Texas town (Joe Holley – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 7/18/19
    • Renewable energy can’t keep Texans’ A/C humming (Bernard L. Weinstein – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
  • 7/17/19
  • 7/16/19
    • Report: EPA fell short reaching ‘vulnerable communities’ hit by Harvey (Lise Olsen – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Hill Country pipeline opponents to sue over habitat of endangered golden-cheeked warbler (Sergio Chapa – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com
    • Feeling the heat: Climate change could mean more extreme heat days for Houston and Texas, report concludes (Perla Trevizo – Houston Chronicle) www.houstonchronicle.com