The EPA may attempt to block Texas seawater desalination plant in Corpus Christi

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up-to-date on the top Texas news. Texas regulators on Thursday issued an environmental permit for the Port of Corpus Christi to build what could become the state’s first seawater desalination plant, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may refuse. to accept it. The state … Read more

The rejects of the TCEQ are intended to ban microplastic pollution

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to date with the top Texas news. When Texas proposed an update to state water standards last March, conservationists saw it as a step in the right direction. The rules didn’t go as far as advocates hoped, but at least they would require … Read more

The Texas housing market is showing signs of cooling

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to date with the top Texas news. After years of sharp house price increases and stiff competition for home purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas real estate market is starting to cool. Until recently, buyers competing for a limited supply of homes … Read more

Texas prohibits financial companies from doing business with state agencies

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to date with the top Texas news. Texas banned 10 financial firms from doing business with the state after controller Glenn Hegar said Wednesday that he does not support the oil and gas industry. Hegar, a Republican running for re-election in November, banned … Read more

ERCOT chooses Pablo Vegas as the new CEO of the Texas grid operator

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to date with the top Texas news. Pablo Vegas, a utility executive who lives in Ohio, will be the new leader of Texas’s largest electric grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. ERCOT’s board of directors announced the hiring of Vegas on … Read more

The EPA is flying over the Permian Basin in Texas to find methane gas polluters

To stay up to date with the latest environmental news in Texas, sign up to receive our weekly energy and environment newsletter. Federal regulators are flying over vast expanses of Texas in search of “super-emitters” of methane, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced this week. Helicopter flyovers that surveyed thousands of oil and gas operations … Read more