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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

LCRA draws criticism over proposed water rate increases

The Lower Colorado River Authority is proposing significant rate increases for Central Texas cities and Gulf Coast-area rice farmers, saying its operating costs aren't being covered. Critics say the agency should focus on cutting costs.

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Advocates threaten legal action over Matagorda Bay’s future

More than 100 environmental advocates and fishermen along the Gulf Coast met Wednesday to discuss the uncertain future of Matagorda Bay, a major destination for tourism, recreation and commercial fishing that has suffered greatly in recent years...

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Texas debates who owns its water

It sounds simple: Who owns the groundwater in Texas? But this issue, like others in the hot-button area of aquifer planning, is embroiled in an ongoing policy battle.

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Audio: Bill renews debate over groundwater rights

Upping the stakes in a long-running debate over groundwater and property rights, state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, filed a bill this week that would give Texas landowners ownership of the groundwater beneath their property. As Erika...

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Texas legislature convenes, facing hard choices

Expect a heated word or two over immigration legislation and border security, threats of major cuts to education and health and human services, and continuing struggles to keep up with the state’s transportation and criminal-justice concerns. Here’s...

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Renewables, drilling among upcoming energy bills

Energy, a huge chunk of the Texas economy, is never far from the agenda at the Legislature. This year, Sunset Advisory Commission reviews of oil and gas and electricity regulators will keep the sector in the spotlight...

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Letter to the Editor: Politicians grandstand PEC

In this letter to the editor, Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) member and Johnson City resident Dave Collins says State Senator Troy Fraser and State Representative Patrick Rose are grandstanding about reforming the cooperative.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Commentary: PEC still lacks transparency

In this commentary, State Representative Patrick Rose says there's still a enough wrong with Pedernales Electric Cooperative, particularly since Board of Directors President Larry Landaker joined forces with two outgoing board members, whose legacy includes mismanagement, in...

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Guest column: Outrage at PEC

State Representative Patrick Rose and State Senator Troy Fraser say they are outraged that Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) reached a settlement with its former law firm last week.

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Rose’s bill on electric co-ops could do more harm than good

In this guest commentary, MIKE WILLIAMS argues that proposed legislation could do more harm than good to rural electric cooperatives.

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