On Saturday morning, people living near the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte awoke to the rotten-egg smell of methyl mercaptan, the chemical used to scent natural gas so you can sniff out a leak before your house explodes. By day's end, news had surfaced that one plant worker was injured and anothe ... More >>
It seems the Texas education system is still nursing a hangover from the State Board of Education's raucous culture-warrior party days. Hell, it's possible they're still drunk. A while back in 2009 members of the SBOE tried to cut the actual science from the state's science standards (namely, Darwin ... More >>
The past several years of Greg Abbott's political career have been one long, drawn-out pissing match with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For an avowed tort-reformer, our Attorney General-turned GOP candidate for governor sure loves a good lawsuit when the feds are in the crosshairs, famou ... More >>
New Jersey traffic retribution scandal tough for Houstonians to understand.
Once upon a time -- and we're talking like three years ago -- the Environmental Protection Agency was a force to be reckoned with. EPA regulators were throwing their weight around and pushing the issue on things like biofuels, air quality and the effect of fracking on water quality. They had the Whi ... More >>
Have you ever been strolling by the San Antonio River Walk and thought you smelled something a little, you know, funky? Turns out it may not have all been in your head, or nose. The San Antonio Water System was supposed to be taking care of the raw sewage coming into the plant but from 2006 to 2012 ... More >>
It's been awhile since the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and kicked off the British Petroleum oil spill, sending barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Now it seems it's been long enough that the tragedy of it all has taken the track these tragedies always seem to take -- na ... More >>
Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language.
A Galveston dentist has been fined $65,000 for violating the Clean Water Act.What, he didn't have his patients rinse-and-spit up to gummint standards? Is this more of that damn paperwork and regulations that is all but choking the entrepreneurial spirits of dentists all across America?Well, no. Inst ... More >>
This Valentine's weekend may be your best chance to eat oysters for years to come
Speaking of Ike debris, some more figures are dribbling in from various sources about the clean-up effort. Here's one accounting, from Sci-Tech Today: In Galveston, workers collected 592,000 pounds of hazardous household waste such as medications and bleach; 28,000 refrigerators, ranges and freeze ... More >>
A report released earlier this week lists Harris County as one of the top ten water polluters in the nation. It also reveals a dirty secret about our beloved city. The report – Troubled Waters – comes out just before the 35th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act, which aimed to make all ... More >>
Beneath the muddy waters of Galveston Bay lies one of the greatest seafood treasure troves on earth
Will the state be able to continue to review environmentally sensitive projects, or will it cede power to the feds?
In its quest for a Municipal golf course, Lake jackson learned a valuable lesson: Never buy land without checking it out first. Unfortunately, the lesson came six years too late.