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.
AUSTIN -- Despite the public health and environmental issues caused by fossil fuel extraction, and in the midst of a public health emergency that has the public’s attention focused elsewhere, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) hosted its biannual oil and gas drilling lease sale on Wednesday. Twenty-two companies bid on 71 tracts, covering more than 390,000 acres of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, including off the Texas coast.
AUSTIN – As the Austin ISD Board of Trustees approved a new Facilities Master Plan last night, the board directed the district to consider adding solar panels as they “modernize all school buildings over the next 25 years.”
AUSTIN - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today finalized a rule that leaves half the nation’s wetlands and thousands of streams -- which help provide millions of Americans with drinking water -- without the federal protection of the Clean Water Act.
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