In a dark basement at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, just north of downtown, sits a small, continually-refreshed stockpile of radioactive waste that awaits disposal. After it leaves Southwestern, it is taken out to the tiny town of Andrews, Texas, where it is promptly added to ... More >>
Environmental activists, in spite of the lobbying of the energy industry and some sleight of hand by city staff, appear to be winning the fracking debate. The City Plan Commission has twice denied Trinity East Energy permits to drill on city parkland it leased for $19 million. Last week, it effectiv ... More >>
Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings, Texas' largest power generator and utility, is getting its books scrutinized by state mining regulators. The Railroad Commission of Texas is apparently worried that if the company goes bankrupt, which analysts expect it may, it could jeopardize more than a billio ... More >>
Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?
A radioactive waste disposal company owned by Harold Simmons' Dallas-based Contran Corp. has been given the green light by state regulators to dispose of low-grade radioactive waste at a West Texas site. Representative Lon Burnam, who says he possesses confidential documentation exposing an undercu ... More >>
Photos by Leslie MinoraAngela Hunt was asked whether it's likely Dallas will be sued by gas drillers awaiting their SUPs.Mayor Mike Rawlings took the mic before last night's Observer co-sponsored Gasland screening and told the audience of council members, activists and concerned locals, "I wi ... More >>
Photo by Patrick MichelsRay Crawford and his petition signed by those opposed to gas drilling in the Dallas city limutsAs we noted a couple of weeks back, Dallas City Hall's taking applications for the gas-drilling task force Angela Hunt demanded after Dave Neumann failed to make good on his prom ... More >>
Texas Parks and Wildlife DepartmentA couple of months back we noted that the Texas Park and Wildlife Department had proposed making one hell of a trade with Dallas's Rod Sanders, co-founder of Huntington Home, for some land down in Val Verde County. Sanders, you may recall, owns the 17,638-acre D ... More >>
Former County Judge Margaret Keliher keeps trying to blow away the smoke over pollution plans
Tom Leppert does better when he's surrounded by pro-toll road pals, like at last week's "Vote No!" press conference. The questions don't bug him, just the answers. So far, the Trinity toll road referendum has foiled Mayor Tom Leppert, slashing his honeymoon by about six months and miring him in a po ... More >>
North Texas gets schooled on the nasty politics of dirty air
Until Unfair Park called him at home this afternoon, mayoral candidate Sam Coats had only heard about Jim Schermbeck's missive in which the enviromentalist and filmmaker brands Coats a hypocrite. As you no doubt read in the post below, Schermbeck is furious that Coats is running for mayor while also ... More >>
With Dallas Democrats' return from the dead, state Senator Royce West is poised for bigger things, like maybe paychecks
Dallas Is Banking On Ethanol, But Is It The Fuel Of The Future Or A Barrel Of Pork?
Jetports and elite resorts may do what border bandits and blistering heat couldn't: rob Big Bend of its rugged beauty
Dallas architect Tom Stanley crafted buildings that endure on city skylines across the country, but his fortune and family wouldn't survive their own shaky foundations
What do you get when you cross the Zapatistas with Dr. Dolittle? The Animal Liberation Front
ExxonMobil shareholders use their stock to push a corporate giant toward change
Bass kills and lesions on fish worry Sam Rayburn anglers. So des the state's plan to lower the lake's pollution standards.
The motive behind a series of Bush attack ads may have been business, not politics
Forget Brooklyn -- Dallas' own Trinity River boosters aim to con you out of tax dollars for seven silly bridges
Downwind of TXI's Midlothian cement plant, people and animals keep getting sick. Instead of investigating whether the plant is to blame, state regulators appear ready to let TXI burn even more hazardous waste. Part two of A Dallas Observer Special Report