Matthew Tresaugue

Matthew Tresaugue joined the Houston Chronicle in 2005 after working for newspapers in California, where his beats included land-use development, higher education and Major League Baseball. At the Houston Chronicle, he has covered the environment, reporting on science, policy and politics in areas including air quality, water supply, the Gulf of Mexico and global warming.

Study finds strong link between BP spill and sick dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins in a Louisiana bay fouled by the 2010 BP oil spill are suffering from lung damage and other injuries that are consistent with exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons, according to a federal study released Wednesday.  More »

Supreme Court will hear challenge to EPA’s greenhouse gas rules

The U.S. Supreme Court will review whether the EPA can limit carbon emissions from refineries and other fixed industrial facilities.  More »

New study finds Gulf spill harmed life on sea floor

Tiny organisms living on the soft, sandy floor of the Gulf of Mexico near BP’s ill-fated Macondo well will need decades to recover from harm caused by the 2010 oil spill, a new report concludes.  More »

Lizard’s fate hinges on oil and gas-related foundation

A plan to save the dunes sagebrush lizard from extinction may do more to shield energy companies from scrutiny than to protect the imperiled reptile dwelling in the West Texas oil patch.  More »

Battle looms over expanding shipments of coal in Houston

The expansion of a terminal along the heavily industrialized Houston Ship Channel normally receives little attention. But Kinder Morgan Energy Partners’ plans to refurbish two docks have opened a new front in the fight over coal.  More »

Shell reaches settlement in Houston pollution case

Shell Oil Co. on Wednesday agreed to spend about $160 million to settle legal complaints about chronic pollution problems at its refinery and petrochemical plant along the Houston Ship Channel.  More »

Supreme Court will hear Texas-EPA dispute over power plant emissions

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case in which the state of Texas and other parties are challenging an Obama administration rule on power plant pollution that crosses state lines.  More »

Sun sets on two more coal plant projects

A Nebraska company has dropped plans for coal-fired power plants in Illinois and West Texas, saying the fuel can’t compete with natural gas.  More »

Salty sea yields a fresh drink of water

The same platforms that produce oil also turn seawater into freshwater by filtering it through fine membranes in a complex process called reverse osmosis.  More »

Environmental groups sue EPA over refinery emissions

Environmentalists have filed a lawsuit to force federal regulators to review the way they calculate emissions from petrochemical plants, oil refineries and other large industrial facilities.  More »

Developers drop plans for Texas coal plant

Developers have dropped plans for the White Stallion Energy Center about 90 miles southwest of Houston, signaling the end of a once heady rush to build several new coal-fired power plants across Texas.  More »

Developers drop plans for Texas coal plant

Developers have pulled the plug on the proposed White Stallion Energy Center, a coal-fired power plant planned for Matagorda County, about 90 miles southwest of Houston.  More »
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