Energy & Environment

Illegal air pollution in Texas dropped more than 50% during the pandemic. Experts fear it’s an outlier

Posted on · A new report analyzing data gathered by the TECQ finds the drop stemmed largely from the pandemic-related downturn in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, and rising production in 2021 is already leading to a comparable rise in illegal pollution.

Energy & Environment

Galveston Bay researchers are fishing for data about chemical runoff — literally

Posted on · Industrial facilities along Houston’s Ship Channel are increasingly at risk of flooding as climate change accelerates rising sea levels and strengthens storms. Now, local researchers are examining how pollution runoff during these flood events is impacting the bay’s ecosystem -- and how to mitigate it.