Conservationists are frustrated as cities contend with thousands of costly leaks as dry soil contracts, causing underground pipes to rupture.
Dylan Baddour is an Austin writer for Inside Climate News. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Reuters, VICE News, BBC, Al Jazeera and more. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle.
Articles by Dylan Baddour
Heat, drought and booming population growth have stressed the aquifers that supply millions of people.
The state has issued only two new coal mining permits in 10 years to a company with a controversial environmental legacy.
The policy has been denounced in lawsuits and petitions, but the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality denies that it exists.
One company, Targa Resources, vented more than 500,000 pounds of toxins into the air during 17 reported events over a week-long period of extreme heat.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans on dredging a superfund site in order to complete a massive Gulf Coast terminal for oil tankers.
Recent “upsets” like tripped compressors, pressure loss and freezing weather resulted in thousands of pounds of illegal pollution but no fines or citations.
Regulators say the company fixed flaws at Freeport LNG which led compressed methane to burst from a pipe and catch fire.
Oil sector advocates pushed hard against an ozone nonattainment designation, which would have required oilfield emissions reductions.
A century of enterprise brought the river to its brink. Now, authorities are “praying for a hurricane” as reservoirs dwindle and populations boom on both sides of the Mexico-Texas border.