Texas Senate OKs bill to discourage weather-related lawsuits

00 A tort-reform bill that would discourage property owners from suing insurers over weather-related claims tentatively passed the Texas Senate on Tuesday. Source: Energy

House panel debates state parks funding

00 A measure that would’ve guaranteed a set amount of funding to state parks was upturned in 2015. Lawmakers and advocates are hoping similar legislation will stick this session. Source:…

ExxonMobil ordered to pay $20 million for air pollution at Houston plants

00 Environment Texas described the fine against the world’s largest oil company as the “largest penalty resulting from a citizen suit in U.S. history.”  Source: Energy

West Texas nuclear waste project on hold — for now

00 Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to temporarily suspend a review of its application to store tens of thousands of metric tons of spent…

During Texas visit, Rick Perry touts Houston-area carbon capture system

00 In his first public appearance in Texas since being sworn in as U.S. energy secretary, former Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday heaped praise on a new and first-of-its-kind energy…

Texas Public Utility Commission Chairman Nelson to retire

00 Chairman Donna Nelson announced Thursday that she will retire from the Public Utility Commission of Texas, ending a nine-year tenure.  Source: Energy

Scientists say Trump's border wall would devastate wildlife habitat

00 At the U.S.-Mexico border, handprints show where people are scaling the fence. Scientists say fencing impedes wildlife more than people and warn that a continuous wall could devastate many…

Expect fewer man-made earthquakes in Texas, federal agency says

00 The odds that a man-made earthquake will hit Texas this year have plummeted, according to new risk projections from the U.S. Geological Survey that are based on the amount of seismic…

Trump water directive cheered by ranchers, blasted by environmentalists

00 State leaders and agriculture groups applauded an executive order issued by President Trump on Tuesday that suggests the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule finalized under President Obama could be…

New in Trib+Water: Texas/NM water fight continues

00 In this week’s edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: The water fight between Texas and New Mexico heads to the Supreme Court, the promising future of the Trinity River and…