Albert Einstein once said that the only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. Obviously Einstein didn't factor the Turkey of the Year, a creature with a seemingly infinite capacity for senseless, ludicrous and ill-advised decisions, into the equation. This has been ... More >>
After a series of storms in March 2012, John Bonta is sorting through the wreckage on his Highlands ranch, 20 miles west of Houston. He's just gotten home from work when his wife, Pam, asks him to help her pick up a portion of the fence that had fallen during the night. He doesn't wait for her, thin ... More >>
After nearly four years of public outcry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally agreed clean up abandoned industrial waste left behind by CES Environmental Services in southeast Houston. For years neighbors had complained about CES' Griggs Road facility, where the company cleaned ta ... More >>
In case you hadn't noticed, there's a war going on in River Oaks over a subject we're sure every human being finds endlessly fascinating: chemicals from dry cleaners leaching into groundwater. On one side are the heirs to the Melcher family fortune, who own the property at 4202 San Felipe leased by ... More >>
Y'all might remember how everyone was talking about the drought last summer. We all stopped talking about it when winter finally showed up and there was rain and cold and all of those snowpocalypses to distract us. But anyone who assumed that meant the drought was over, assumed wrong. The Texas Co ... More >>
We look at the rise and fall of the boy from Paint Creek.
Will all of this rich Texas dirt hurt Perry's 2016 Presidential aspirations?
If you live around here and you haven't heard about the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas play in the past few years, you just haven't been paying attention. The shale play that stretches from South Texas into Mexico is one of the key developments that has revitalized the U.S. energy sector after ... More >>
There's been a lot of that wet stuff falling from the sky of late, but don't let all the rain fool you: Texas is still in the grips of one hell of a drought, along with most of the Southwest. In the city, it's easy to look at the rain pelting out of the sky and groan because you've got to walk thre ... More >>
Members of the Stop Highway 6 Landfill coalition are warning folks that the proposed Waller County landfill is going to spoil the rural landscape, poison the water supply and pollute our schoolchildren. Project officials say this is a bunch of rubbish. Pending state approval, the 723-acre site -- ... More >>
Breath of fresh airIt's a rarity: Good air-pollution news in Texas that doesn't involve the Obama administration forcing state officials to do their job. The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that 156 Texas companies who have received the notoriously loose "flexible" permits ha ... More >>
Texas goes to courtAs expected, Texas state officials are not just going to roll over and accept the Obama administration's taking away their right to rubber-stamp every application to let companies pour greenhouses gases into the air. Texas AG Greg Abbott went to court today, filing a petit ... More >>
Readers respond to "Trash Talk"
Online readers respond to high school girls slathered in whipped cream and chocolate.
And viewers of our chef tats piece weigh in on the ink.
Readers are gearing up for the Astros' 2010 season.
Oil and gas make the world go 'round, but refining the stuff can be deadly business. And according to a new report, the cancer-causing chemical known as benzene is on the rise.Earlier today, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project released a study showing that benzene ... More >>
We have little understanding of how a local chemical manufacturing plant can flaunt state environmental regulations for an entire year and not get called on the carpet for it until nearly two years later, but that describes the goings-on at the Sunoco, Inc., plant in La Porte.At its facility jus ... More >>
If you worry about pollution -- especially in light on the EPA's latest study of the cancer risk posed by air pollution -- you might see that instead of threatening our lives, air pollution actually helps all of us, especially those of us who are most vulnerable, the kids.For purposes of illustr ... More >>
Solutia Inc. is a "small business" in the overall scheme of things in the petrochemical universe, but the organic chemical production plant outside of Alvin managed to outdo the big boys on Wednesday when it racked up the biggest pollution fine of the week in our great state.For its achievement, So ... More >>
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 >>
The Texas Campaign for the Environment (TEC) opens an office in Houston today and plans to be hitting the streets organizing door-to-door this afternoon. They’ll be talking to residents about recycling options, including the Texas Computer Recycling law that went into effect last week -- oh, and c ... More >>
If Marvin Zindler came back to life on TV and covered the Houston refinery scene instead of rats and roaches in restaurants, he might be tempted to bellow, "It's hell to run an environmentally responsible refinery!" But Marvin, sadly, ain't coming back, so we'll say something similar, "It must be h ... More >>
That stuff flowing from the faucet is safe, cheap and environmental
Nearly 100 residents of Port Arthur have joined forces in court to sue the Premcor Refining Group, accusing the company of pumping toxic chemicals into the air and harming many of the area’s children. According to the lawsuit filed last Friday in Jefferson County District Court on behalf of 78 m ... More >>
The organization was supposed to make him a better man. Instead, his parents say, it made him a dead one.
With a lot of prompting, HCAD files a lawsuit the neighbors never did
Professional death cleaners are hired to disinfect, deodorize and make it seem like it never happened
Too much of a good thing threatens the oysters in Galveston Bay
An alternative to gasoline-based fuel gains traction in Houston
Not all Houstonians revel in our God-given right to be loudly obnoxious