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News Release | Environment Texas

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. 

News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas,TexPIRG urge Congress to cancel oil and gas lease sales

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. 

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Austin ISD Board backs solar on schools

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.”

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New Dirty Water Rule puts Texas waterways and drinking water at risk

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.