Wasted in the Lone Star State

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Oil and gas operations produce several streams of toxic waste that can contain varying amounts of carcinogens, radioactive materials, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, and undisclosed chemicals. Despite this, the oil and gas industry is exempt from complying with hazardous waste regulations in Texas. State law also prevents local governments from prohibiting oil and gas waste disposal within their communities. Other egregious oil and gas waste management practices currently employed in Texas are waste pit burial, discharge of waste to waterways, spreading waste over land, and exempting groundwater aquifers from protection in order to inject waste for underground disposal. These methods have already contaminated soil and drinking water across the nation, including Texas, and their continued use puts Texans and the environment at risk.

This report outlines the risks posed by the status quo in Texas and recommends specific policy changes to protect the health, safety, and stability of all Texans. The report features unfolding frontline stories, including a legal battle in Orange Grove, Texas over local impacts from the Black- horn Environmental oil and gas waste facility, and the stockpiling of radioactive oil and gas waste at the Lotus, LLC facility in west Texas. The immediate harms faced by frontline communities can be mitigated by shifting power to those who bear the brunt of pollution

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Endorsing Organizations:

  • CENT (Clean Energy Now Texas)
  • Environment Texas
  • FracTracker Alliance
  • Frontera Water Protectors
  • Honor the Earth
  • Indivisible Tx Lege
  • Livable Arlington
  • Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club
  • Public Citizen – Texas Office
  • Sunrise El Paso
  • Surfriders Coastal Bend