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Environment Texas Urges the Railroad Commission of Texas to Order Production Cuts

Emma Pabst, Global Warming Solutions Associate with Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, will today deliver the following testimony to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC): “I urge you to use the power granted to you by the great state of Texas in order to issue statewide production cuts, prorating cuts to companies with the worst rates of flaring. Such a step will help stabilize the market, while significantly reducing the damage from flaring.” 

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Testimony before Railroad Commission on flaring | Emma Pabst

We support curtailing oil production and urge you to prioritize production cuts for producers and fields with the worst records of excessive flaring. In implementing proration, the RRC has a unique opportunity to make a difference for public health and the environment in Texas by using waste from excessive flaring as a metric for allocating production.

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Preventing Sewage Spills with Rain Gardens: TWDB’s new rules | Anna Farrell-Sherman

On Thursday, heavy rains and thunderstorms caused over 100,000 gallons of sewage water to flood the streets of Dallas -- not exactly good news in the middle of a global public health crisis. But other news might soon change how such floods are handled: just three days before the Dallas floods, the Texas Water Development Board took a quiet, but major, step forward in their work to protect Texans from flooding by including nature-based infrastructure in the brand new Flood Intended Use Plan.

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Environment Texas Urges Interior to Maintain Oil and Gas Royalty Rates

AUSTIN - Earlier today, several Texas members of Congress asked the Department of the Interior to lower oil and gas royalty rates in the Gulf of Mexico in response to market downturns. Emma Pabst, Global Warming Solutions Associate with Environment Texas, issued the following statement:  “The Interior’s oil and gas royalty rates for offshore drilling are already too low -- they’re up to 5% lower than what the State of Texas currently charges. 

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