Sierra Club

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    October 28, 2014

    Vote on Buffalo Bayou Takes Place Behind Closed Doors

    A handful of people clustered in the dim hallway outside room 100 in the building that houses the Harris County Flood Control District. The clock nosed to 2 p.m. and everyone allowed in the meeting -- the members of the Harris County Flood Control District Task Force, each of whom are allowed one ... More >>

  • News

    July 19, 2012

    If the Addicks and Barker Dams Fail

    They've already been labeled "high risk." Experts say the resulting damage could be bigger than Katrina in New Orleans.

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    July 18, 2012

    Cover Story: We're All Screwed In a Hurricane Katrina-Like Way If Addicks and Barker Dams Are Breached

    Last week's rains and floods might be child's play compared to what could be in store for Houston if Addicks and Barker dams were to crumble into dust. Located near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Beltway 8, the two flood-control mechanisms have been at an "extremely high risk of catastrophi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Breathe (Slightly) Deeper, Houston: Our Air Quality Improves a Little

    You may not have noticed, but Houston's air quality has gotten (slightly) better, according to the annual report by the American Lung Association. Don't get too happy, though: We're still the eighth-worst city for ozone pollution in the U.S. But when it comes to short-term particle pollution, we ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    ExxonMobil's Baytown Refinery Sued For Being So Damn Leaky

    Headed to court​Following in the footsteps of Shell and and ChevronPhillips, ExxonMobil has been sued by environmental groups who say its refinery routinely violates clean-air regulations and doesn't really do anything about it. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced their lawsuit to ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Chevron Phillips Settles Suit Over Pollution At Baytown Plant, No Thanks To TCEQ

    Chevron-Phillips: The TCEQ wouldn't step in, so local groups did​After years of illegally emitting carcinogens and other toxic pollutants into the air, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company has agreed to a settle a lawsuit against it and clean up its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown."We can all breathe ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    White Stallion Coal Plant Opposition Plays The Death-Count Card

    White Stallion: The vote is coming soon​Several clean-air advocacy groups joined forces Tuesday in their continuing push to keep the proposed White Stallion coal plant from getting a permit. And this time, they brought out the big guns: fear and death.According to a new report released Tuesday in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Texas' Environmental Agency & The Feds: This Week May Be Crucial

    This week's decision will be watched closely​All 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Rick Perry To EPA: Stop. Sierra Club To EPA: Hurry The Eff Up

    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 >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Feds To Texas' Environmental Regulators: Good God, You Suck (UPDATED With Rick Perry Saying No, You Suck)

    Feds come to the same conclusion we did​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Sierra Club Takes Its Oil-Spill Act To The Offshore Technology Conference

    Photograph courtesy US NavyA hunka, hunka burnin' Gulf​Dressed in a black business suit with a fake BP badge on the lapel, Sierra Club spokeswoman Donna Hoffman pretended to be a BP company exec giving a press conference after an oil spill."I want to reassure everyone that the oil spill, outside o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    The EPA Might Actually Listen To People At Today's Hearing On Ozone Levels

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    The EPA: "Castrating," Maybe, But Also Getting Tougher

    ​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 >>

  • News

    December 17, 2009

    A Quiet Hell

    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.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Sierra Club Sues Over Grand Parkway

    The Grand Parkway, that expansive road to nowhere in the middle of nowhere, is headed to court.The Sierra Club has filed a federal suit against the project, saying that environmental-impact studies have been inadequate.Brandt Mannchen of the group appeared before Commissioners Court today to explain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Shell Oil Finally Gets Fined For What It Puts Into Deer Park's Air

    It took awhile, but state environmental regulators and Shell Oil finally came to meeting of the minds about a slew of pollution violations committed at the Deer Park refinery. Upshot: Shell will pay a $345,744 penalty for 35 emissions events and record-keeping violations that occurred from 2004 to ... More >>

  • Film

    September 13, 2007

    The Devil Came on Horseback

    War, slaughter, genocide — and you feel like seeing a movie?

  • News

    May 31, 2007

    Border Fence May Destroy Wildlife Habitat

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife services spent $80 million to reclaim wildlife habitat in South Texas. Now Homeland Security is ready to wipe that out.

  • Home Entertainment

    June 22, 2006

    Shark Bites

    JAWS Unleashed is as sloppy as it is gory

  • News

    April 28, 2005

    First Places

    Houston Press staffers win awards

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    February 3, 2005
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    August 5, 2004
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    April 22, 2004

    Carrying the Torch

    Rangers get fired up over Bush's Healthy Forests Initiative

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2004

    Love of the Game

    A Valentine's weekend for college baseball fans

  • News

    February 14, 2002

    Under The Volcano

    Crown Central Petroleum spews, sputters and flares up. Neighbors of the plant view it uneasily, never quite sure when it's going to blow.

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    Learning Curve

    The Chronicle's still stumbling on Enron

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    Three-peat Heat

    Start your engines: The latest pollution pennant race is on

  • News

    February 15, 2001

    The Sky's the Limit

    Stop wheezing and cheer up. A front group finds a bright spin on our brown air.

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    In the (O)Zone

    What's the fuss, TNRCC? We've got air to die for.

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    July 20, 2000
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    February 24, 2000


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  • News

    December 30, 1999

    We're No. 1!

    Houston seems destined to remain the country's biggest stink hole

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    Raw Deal

    Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. But is anyone listening?

  • News

    June 3, 1999

    Local Control

    Will the state be able to continue to review environmentally sensitive projects, or will it cede power to the feds?

  • News

    January 14, 1999

    Killer Weed

    The life-suffocating Salvinia molesta has entered Texas waterways. It's green, fast and deadly.

  • News

    October 15, 1998
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    October 1, 1998
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    August 27, 1998

    Wetlands Maul?

    The Sierra Club got paid off, but a developer's bizarre problems continue

  • News

    July 2, 1998

    Rocky Landing

    Residents of this seaside neighborhood are about to be joined by a 1,000-acre port facility

  • News

    September 11, 1997
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    September 11, 1997

    The Airport That Wouldn't Die

    Last fall, environmentalists thought they'd finally put a stake through the heart of the West Side Airport. But the mayoral race seems to have given it a new lease on life.

  • Calendar

    April 10, 1997
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    December 26, 1996
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    February 15, 1996

    Smoke and Mirrors (and more smoke)

    It's called "Motorist's Choice." But the new emissions testing program for Houston may not offer much of a choice after all. And it won't do much for cleaning the city's air, either.

  • News

    January 12, 1995

    Clunkers R Us

    Sell your jalopy, help an industry breathe easier

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    November 3, 1994

    Press Wins Awards

    A Katie for the Katy and kudos to Cook

  • News

    May 19, 1994

    The Battle for Lavaca Bay

    Diane Wilson asked only that her home bay be allowed to live. She says she was told no. So she went to war.

  • News

    April 14, 1994

    Trashing Houston

    To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go

  • News

    February 3, 1994

    Just Don't Breathe It

    What Houstonians can -- and probably won't -- do to clean up the air they drive through

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    February 3, 1994
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