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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

Texas governor signs bill restricting local fracking regulations

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Abbott’s signature is the culmination of a marker he set down in January, when he took aim at local regulations affecting not only fracking but tree cutting and plastic bags.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

Governor Abbott signs Texas fracking bill

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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.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

Plunging oil prices take toll on Texas budget outlook

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Republican Comptroller Glenn Hegar said his estimate expects “moderate expansion” in the Texas economy while reflecting uncertainties in oil prices..
The Conoco oil refinery in Rodeo, Calif.,  at sunset. (AP file photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Texas loses another battle against EPA

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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.
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ERCOT warns of possible rolling blackouts this winter, next summer

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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.
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Report says power plants are taxing U.S. freshwater supplies

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Citing Texas as a prime example, a new report argues U.S. freshwater resources are increasingly burdened by electricity generating plants.
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EPA official: agency will reply to power plant rule before deadline

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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.
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Texas says EPA relied on flawed data in latest court filing

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Texas filed its second motion against the EPA this week, this time seeking to block enforcement of new air pollution rules amid concerns that the regulations could lead to power outages.
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Texas sues EPA over cross-state pollution rules

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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.
(AP file photo/Mike Derer)

Texas AG accuses Woodlands-based company of diluting gasoline

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The Texas attorney general has filed a lawsuit accusing a gas station company of diluting medium- and premium-grade fuel with regular unleaded.