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Tom "Smitty" Smith wants a better air-quality plan in Texas. Photo by Jeff Prince.

Big Brown, Big Bad

It’s been years since North Texas air was clean, and if Texas has its way, the air will stay dirty.
Jeff Prince
Exhaust emissions from Tarrant County cars create poor air quality around here, but other factors are making it hard for people to breathe, particularly folks with asthma. Summer winds carry pollutants here from three outdated ...


Steve Flowers

Muddy Puddle

The lake is low and the stakes high in Dalworthington Gardens.
Eric Griffey
In the little southeast Tarrant County town of Dalworthington Gardens, it’s dangerous to take too much for granted. Like whether officials know that a dam is a dam and that allowing gas wells to be drilled atop a dam might be...



Dirty Air through Rose-Colored Glasses

Environmentalists and TCEQ see different things in North Texas air pollution.
GAYLE REAVES
North Texas has been struggling for years with dirty air. Last year, it moved up in the Environmental Protection Agency’s classification of smog-troubled cities from the “moderate” to “serious” category, and in many o...


More Bucks for Bidness, Less for Kids

Static
State Sen. Wendy Davis fought long and hard earlier this year to find a way to keep the state from cutting $5 billion in education spending. One of her proposals was to keep private corporations — particularly energy companie...



Drilling Pollution Activists To Meet Tonight

Jeff Prince
DISH, Texas is Ground Zero for Barnett Shale activists who take offense at being poisoned by natural gas drilling. So the town makes perfect sense for hosting tonight’s anti-pollution rendezvous, when Downwinders At Risk ...


Consider the Source

Static
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is attempting to align its air permit program with federal requirements to better protect our air quality. If that makes you feel comfortable, well … stop. A growing number of ang...



Bob Schieffer Is Puking Somewhere

Jeff Prince
Texas Christian University’s The Daily Skiff offers this opinion piece from senior writing major Danny Peters, who might want to consider repeating some of his earlier journalism classes. Under the headline “Air qua...


Unmasking the Polluters

Wilma Subra could make great money in industry; instead, she works for threatened communities.
Story and photos BY WENDY LYONS SUNSHINE
Every few months, Edgar Mouton, 76, gets jolted out of sleep in the middle of the night by a loud horn blast. The sound is a warning: One of 14 industrial facilities nearby has belched out too much pollution into the air.



Time to “Give it” to TCEQ

Static
If you think it’s time for the Fort Worth-Arlington-Dallas Metromess (a word Static unblushingly borrows from clean-air activist Jim Schermbeck) to finally clean up the dirty air we’ve breathed here for decades, then you’...


Fort Worth Air Tests Bogus; Insider Talks

Jeff Prince
Barking about oil and gas industry tactics has become a large part of Fort Worth Weekly‘s investigative repertoire.  We keep hammering away because not many others will. But a couple of news outlets released interesting ...