The bill, inspired by the local fracking ban voters passed in the city of Denton last November, will take effect immediately after winning more than two-thirds majorities in the Texas House and Senate.
The U.S. Court of Appeals slapped down Texas’ most recent challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday — the latest defeat in Attorney General Greg Abbott’s lengthy legal crusade against the federal government.
Last winter’s rolling blackouts in Texas and the summer’s near-blackouts could occur again in the coming year if extreme weather stresses the power grid more than normal, the state’s grid operator said Thursday.
A top Environmental Protection Agency official said today the agency would have enough time to go through public comments on a proposed power-plant rule that a coalition of utilities and states such as Texas has asked a court to delay.
The State of Texas follows power plant operator Luminant in filing a suit against the EPA, saying it didn’t allow enough time for the state to comply with new emissions rules set to begin Jan. 1, 2011.
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