Other Reports | December 2011

TCEQ, report’s editors reach deal on climate change data. Houston Chronicle

Texas rejects Valero’s tax break request, denying potential $92 million refund. Associated Press

Texas greens cheer new EPA mercury rules. Texas Tribune

Censored scientist John Anderson on how to restore sound policy-making in Texas and (maybe) save the Texas coast. San Antonio Current

Texas tops 10 states ravaged by extreme weather in 2011. Climate Central

ERCOT says Luminant can shut two Monticello power units in Texas without jeopardizing grid’s transmission stability. Dallas Morning News (subscription)

Building codes to tighten across Texas. Texas Tribune

Texas drought takes cow numbers down by 600K. Associated Press

Whooping crane lawsuit far from decided. Corpus Christi Caller-Times

State OKs 50-year water plan. Associated Press

Wind energy is turning out new fields of study in Texas. Houston Chronicle

Disasters doom Texas oyster crop. USA Today

Texas fracking disclosure to start in February. Texas Tribune

Austin may ban most plastic, paper bags. Austin American-Statesman

Tax exemption request from refinery giant stirs debate. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

EPA to expand Dallas-Fort Worth smog-violation area. Dallas Morning News (subscription)

130-mile coastal recreation area would help protect against storm surges. Houston Chronicle

Judge rejects environmental groups’ efforts to overturn air quality permits for proposed Tenaska power plant. Abilene Reporter-News

LCRA plan to allow cutting off water to rice farmers gets state approval. Austin American-Statesman

Global warming evangelist has a message for West Texas. Los Angeles Times

Facing budget crunch, Texas Parks and Wildlife pleads for help. KUT

EPA announces federal task force plan to restore the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon disaster. Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Texas’ multibillion-dollar cost to build wind energy lines raises doubts. Dallas Morning News

Whooping cranes pit state vs. feds over water rights. Victoria Advocate

Texas water plan set for approval but complicated by population growth, reservoir dispute. Dallas Morning News

Pecan Street’s McCracken keeps up drumbeat for clean energy, smart grids. Austin American-Statesman

Pipelines trump private property rights in Texas ‘fracking’ boom. Texas Observer

Down the pipe / When the drilling rigs are long gone, the dangers of gas pipelines will be just beginning. Fort Worth Weekly

Texas power grid operator says blackouts possible. Houston Chronicle

Albuquerque rolls back energy code. Associated Press

Colorado adopts fracturing fluid disclosure rules. Oil & Gas Journal

Obama administration plays coy on money for Gulf of Mexico coastal restoration. New Orleans Times-Picayune

New Mexico City buses cut pollution, generate cash. Reuters

Judge turns down injunction request in Osage County wind farm trial. Tulsa World

Mexican farmers despair over record drought. Agence France-Presse

Louisiana flunks at enforcing air, water laws, EPA inspector general says. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Some blame hydraulic fracturing for earthquake epidemic. New York Times

Coastal restoration projects move forward. New Orleans Times-Picayune

NM lawmaker seeks $40M for energy-research endowment. Las Cruces Sun-Times

Lead from old US batteries sent to Mexico raises risks. New York Times

BP oil spill fines may not flow easily to Gulf Coast states. New Orleans Times-Picayune

OG&E, OSU partner in wind energy project. Tulsa World

BP says Halliburton ‘intentionally destroyed evidence’ after Gulf oil spill. CNN

USDA announces $50 million for Gulf river basins. Associated Press

NM panel reconsiders greenhouse gas rule. Associated Press

North Mexico wilts under worst drought on record. Associated Press

Mississippi Gulf Coast gets nearly $10 million for tidelands projects. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Wind farm project in Oklahoma clashes with land’s other energy use. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

About $2.5 million on its way to nonprofit groups aiding oil spill families. New Orleans Times-Picayune

EPA requires limit on mercury emissions from power plants. CNN

German energy use to fall 4.8 pct in 2011. Reuters

New EPA rules expected to cause closures of at least 32 power plants. Associated Press

Congress spares incandescent bulbs in victory for US Tea Party. Bloomberg

Virginia residents oppose preparations for climate-related sea-level rise. Washington Post

Big Oil and Canada thwarted U.S. carbon standards. Salon

Warming arctic permafrost fuels climate change worries. New York Times

US solar-power installations hit record high in third quarter, industry trade group says. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

For US renewable energy, 2012 will be a bad year. Time

Senate Democrats say “no anti-environmental riders.” Houston Chronicle

Investors press natural-gas drillers to cut fracking risks. Bloomberg

Cap-and-trade gives Massachusetts economy critical boost, defying naysayers. InsideClimate News

Shock as retreat of Arctic sea ice releases deadly greenhouse gas. Independent

Climate deal doesn’t make things worse – or better. Associated Press

Canada pulls out of Kyoto Protocol. Associated Press

Climate deal keeps UN talks on track but lacks cuts in emissions scientists say are needed now. Associated Press

Support grows for Durban climate deal. Reuters

EPA: Fracking may cause groundwater pollution. Associated Press

New perils seen to even modest warming. Daily Climate

Big Three polluters oppose binding climate deal. Reuters

Is Jon Huntsman softening on global warming? Los Angeles Times

Three-quarters of climate change is man-made / Independent study quantifies human influence on global warming. Nature

California takes big step toward greenhouse gas limits. NPR

2010 carbon dioxide output shows biggest jump ever. New York Times

India emerges as chief opponent of a new global-warming treaty. Independent

US sees little new in China greenhouse gas cut pledge. Reuters

Global warming fight threatened by debt crisis. Bloomberg

Big oil companies are shifting their focus back to the west. Wall Street Journal

Dispute over new air pollution rules for power plants. New York Times