Other Reports | August 2011

Texas regulator drafts frac fluid disclosure rule. Houston Chronicle

Parched Tarrant County cities moving to control water usage by drillers. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Power plant troubles go beyond heat and drought. Houston Chronicle

More power plant woes likely if Texas drought drags into winter. Houston Chronicle

Can clean energy drive job creation? San Antonio, Austin take different routes to find out. Austin American-Statesman

This summer’s drought may worsen next year. Houston Chronicle

Offshore wind Texas-style: Fast and big. SmartPlanet

Drought tests W. Texas town known to endure in tough land. Houston Chronicle

Texas drought will harm wildlife habitat for years. Associated Press

Average temps on rise in SA. San Antonio Express-News

Heated situations: How does the hot weather impact crime? Dallas Morning News

No relief in sight for Texas heat and drought. Reuters

City Council moves ahead on plastic bag ban. Austin American-Statesman

Drought damages Texas infrastructure. Texas Tribune

Austin says car-charging stations will be ready by September. Austin American-Statesman

Solar panel keeps man’s electricity bill cool. KRIV

LCRA cancels vote on water deal. Austin American-Statesman

Texas power grid operator issues emergency alert, calls for conservation. Dallas Morning News

Texas heat pushes state power grid to the max. Houston Business Journal

Texas battles record heat wave. KSAT

Q&A: Smitherman looks back on the PUC, ahead to the Railroad Commission. Houston Chronicle

Proposed transmission line could ease RGV’s electricity woes. McAllen Monitor

Cities differ on saving water. Amarillo Globe-News

Texas Gulf oysters suffer in drought just as Louisiana and Mississippi productivity drops. Washington Post

Privatized water suppliers … what could go wrong? Texas Observer

Marsh fire continues to blanket downtown New Orleans with acrid smoke. New Orleans Times-Picayune

American Indians more affected by climate change. Farmington Daily Times

Oyster population plummets in Louisiana. ABC News

Dispersants used in BP Gulf Oil Spill linked to cancer. Environment News Service

Coast Guard, BP investigating reports of oil at Deepwater Horizon site. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Alligator fat could look good in the gas tank, researchers say. New Orleans Times-Picayune

EPA aims to clean up coal-plant cloud in Four Corners, Navajo Nation. New Mexico Independent

Corps building new seawall in Bay St. Louis. WWL

Why the South’s ‘creeping disaster’ could get a whole lot worse. Time

Records fall during extended heat wave. Climate Central

Southeast a holdout in mandating renewable energy. Associated Press

EPA requires cleanup at NM coal-powered plant. Summit County Citizens Voice

Arkansas offers rebates for natural gas vehicles. Associated Press

EPA rejects Gulf of Mexico dead-zone petition from environmentalists. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Court invalidates NM energy efficiency surcharge. Associated Press

NM board to ponder repeal of greenhouse gas rules. Associated Press

City eyes water plan revamp. Santa Fe New Mexican

Scientists convene to solve Gulf problems. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Las Conchas wildfire declared fully contained. Associated Press

Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ larger than average, but no record. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Power thirsty / Power and water are more interconnected than you might think. Daily Climate

Yucca Mountain commission to recommend that a new site be found for nuclear waste. Washington Post

Coastal restoration discussion focuses on fishery resources. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Germany dims nuclear plants, but hopes to keep lights on. New York Times

Plan for Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline moves forward. Washington Post

Climate-change scientist cleared in closing of US data-altering inquiry. Bloomberg

Climate cycles linked to civil war, analysis shows. Guardian

Across the globe, solar power just keeps getting cheaper. Good

Should the solar power industry expect dark days ahead? Süddeutsche Zeitung via Worldcrunch

Barack Obama bets on next generation of biofuels industry. Guardian

Gas fracking poses serious environmental risks, panel finds. Bloomberg

Administration sets fuel efficiency rules for heavy-duty trucks and buses. Washington Post

Oil sands to raise emissions, Canadian report says. New York Times

China’s nuclear power plans unfazed by Fukushima disaster. Yale Environment 360

First they came for the lightbulbs / The conspiracy theory behind Michele Bachman’s war on energy efficiency. Mother Jones

China aims to become solar powerhouse with new subsidies. Climate Post

Carbon offsets near record low, worst performing commodity. Reuters

Could seawater solve the freshwater crisis? National Geographic Daily News

Beyond carbon dioxide: Study points out other greenhouse culprits. LiveScience

Supercomputers may help predict climate changes locally. McClatchy Newspapers

Energy programs prepare for debt deal pain. Politico

Expiring gas tax may be next battle on the Hill. Politico

Fatal radiation level found at Fukushima Daiichi plant. New York Times

Blistering July heat leaves records smoldering. USA Today

China to reduce carbon intensity by 17% by 2015. China Daily

Fuel efficiency: Will new rules cure US addiction to foreign oil? Christian Science Monitor

Pressure builds on pipeline decision. Living on Earth

Glacier National Park, Montana, and its fading glaciers. New York Times