Texas News

Report: Texas Flouted Federal Aquifer Rules for 34 Years

August 26, 2016

The Texas Railroad Commission has let the petroleum industry inject oil and gas waste into groundwater for decades without the required federal approval, a national environmental group says. Officials with Clean Water Action said the failure of oversight on the part of the state and federal governments may have contaminated future drinking water sources.

Council approves permanent water restrictions

May 6, 2016

After an hour-and-a-half debate, City Council voted Thursday to approve an ordinance that will permanently restrict residents from using automatic sprinklers on their lawns more than once a week.

Council Votes to Permanently Tighten Water Restrictions

May 6, 2016

Central Texas is drought-free. The Highland Lakes are full and for the first time in years, Austin was on the brink of ending its water use restrictions.

Xeriscape in Texas, photo: David Foster

Water on the Home Front

April 6, 2016

Learn More About the Texas Water Crisis, State Law, and Drought Resistant Landscaping

Proposal for federal land drilling includes Lake Somerville

February 16, 2016

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is asking for bids on oil and gas leases for 36,000 acres of federally owned land, including under Lake Somerville, Brenham’s water source.

Editorial: We recommend Lon Burnam in Democratic race for Texas Railroad Commission

February 9, 2016

Former state Rep. Lon Burnam gets our nod over Cody Garrett and Grady Yarbrough in the Democratic primary for an open seat on the three-member Texas Railroad Commission.