TCEQ: Honeymoon with the feds is definitely overThe EPA took yet another bite out of the Texas air-pollution regulatory system on Tuesday when it decreed that some of state's rules violate federal clean air law.At issue is what's called the New Source Review Program. It deals with the permitting ... More >>
Readers respond to "Trash Talk"
Onward through the oilSince the BP oil spill began 8,427 days ago, we've heard about how the catastrophe has endangered the welfare of birds, fishermen, tourist shops, and at least one British dickhead CEO, but there hasn't been much said about our society's most vulnerable -- Gulf Coas ... More >>
Austin's power supplier a major polluter, groups sayAs the Houston Press has written about, and as the Obama administration has determined, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is a pretty lax watchdog.Now they're going to get sued over it.A coalition of clean-air groups has served forma ... More >>
This week's decision will be watched closelyAll eyes are on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality this week as its three commissioners will decide whether to grant an air permit to a proposed $3 billion petroleum coke-fired power plant in Corpus Christi.The Las Brisas Energy Center has be ... More >>
The Environmental Protection Agency is getting hit from both ends for its actions in Texas.The EPA has threatened to take over the permitting process from the Texas Commissin on Environmental Quality if the TCEQ doesn't get tougher on polluters.Governor Rick Perry was in Deer Park yesterday, once a ... More >>
Feds come to the same conclusion we didThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency smacked the hell out of Texas environmental regulators earlier this week, announcing that the feds will begin taking control over the issuance of operating permits to chemical plants and refineries because the s ... More >>
It may be difficult to believe that some internet advertising claims are exaggerated, but Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott insists such is the case in an action filed today. Worse, the victims of the alleged false claims are Texas hunters. It's almost sacreligious.All the hunters wanted to do w ... More >>
Houston's air may be a national joke, but we do score the occasional surprise good showing in environmental matters.The Environmental Protection Agency today put out its list of the Top 25 cities with the highest number of energy-efficient buildings, and Houston came in a solid sixth.The EPA coun ... More >>
The Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of deciding exactly how low it is going to decrease the national smog pollution limit, otherwise known as ozone, and clean-air advocates want you to do your part to help ensure a cleaner, healthier Houston.All day today, the EPA is hosting a pub ... More >>
Back in 2004, we covered the battle of man vs. coyote in League City. Now it appears the wily canines have moved the battlefront closer to town.WestUInstantNews picks up the, um, tail: Coyotes and bobcats have recently been spotted prowling the border of Bellaire and West University Place, prom ... More >>
Clean-air advocates in Texas had such high hopes for the EPA under the Obama administration. After all, the federal environmental agency has said that, as early as today, it will significantly lower the national ozone limit and has essentially stated that some of Texas' pro-business industrial pe ... More >>
The EPA may giveth, but it can also taketh away -- the agency is toughening guidelines in the fight against smog pollution, lowering the national ozone limit for the eight-hour standard.A federal Environmental Protection Agency spokesman says the agency will announce today that it is lowering the ... More >>
Thanks to lax enforcement by TCEQ, plants along the Houston Ship Channel launch tons of toxic gases into our air, and face little penalty even when they exceed pollution limits over and over again.
Photo courtesy USGSThere's nothing like a release from the U.S. Geological Survey headlined "Report Documents the Risks of Giant Invasive Snakes in the U.S." to get your attention. (Unless it's "Osama bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." But we digress.)Bottom line: Look out Texas, we got gian ... More >>
Let's be honest.There aren't a lot of "bad days" for a global petrochemical company that made a record $45.2 billion profit last year, so we'll just say ExxonMobil had a less than stellar day on Wednesday when state regulators penalized it more than $600,000 for environmental crimes.ExxonMobil's ... More >>
The Cove expertly exposes the horrific treatment of dolphins, but what about the uglies?
Where there's leprosy, there's usually an armadillo.
The Jaguarundicourtesy of blueskull611Ever heard of the jaguarundi? Neither have we. Perhaps that's because this unique type of cat that lives along the Texas border with Mexico is endangered. Perhaps it's because nobody really cares. We're guessing it's a bit of both, but that doesn't mean every an ... More >>
Good news and bad news for Texas City: The good news is that BP will be spending $167 million to reduce pollution in its plant there.The bad news is that they were polluting the area so bad it's going to take $167 million to do something about it.The Environmental Protection Agency announced today t ... More >>
The good news is that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued its list of counties that don't meet the agency's standards for fine-particle air pollution, and Harris County is not on that list.The bad news is that the American Lung Association thinks it damn well should be on the list.The EPA ... More >>
It's freedom day for five rare birds that got blasted by Hurricane Ike. The Wildlife Rehab and Education Center, which is part of the Houston SPCA, is set to release into the wild five brown pelicans it took into its care after the storm. The brown pelicans, an endangered species, were found all o ... More >>
Over the past couple of weeks, we've heard ad nauseam about the painful effects of Hurricane Ike -- the flooded homes and businesses, the damaged rooftops, the rampant power outages, the lingering failures of Comcast not only to provide cable and Internet but also to explain coherently why they are ... More >>
While Houston is all set to ratchet up its recycling program, some local experts wonder if the city’s overall philosophy is perhaps too shortsighted. According to a story in today’s Houston Chronicle, the City Council will vote today on new measures such as providing residents with 90-gallon bi ... More >>
Moody Gardens opens a new film and a new exhibit, both with plenty of sharks
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is squeamish for squamates
That whole talking animal genre? Let's be done with it
Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.
New Line Cinema "Forget about the damn snakes! We got bees up in this bitch!" As the countdown to the most hyped horror movie this summer begins, there's news that there may be a greater threat to airline passengers than Snakes on a Plane... Bees. Yesterday's WSJ reported that angry bees, at ... More >>
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The Audubon Society wants some killer birds to stay off its land
League City neighbors go to war against rogue coyotes
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