Welcome to the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter! We are the oldest grassroots environmental organization in Texas. We believe our open spaces, clean water, and natural resources should be protected so that current and future generations may enjoy them. In addition to our state chapter office in Austin, we are blessed with several regional groups in Texas that provide wonderful opportunities to explore, enjoy, and protect the state’s natural wonders.
August 21, 2015
Blocked from speaking in a true public hearing on three proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities near Port Isabel and South Padre Island, advocates for a healthy community and environment set up their own public rally across the street from the Port Isabel Event Center on August 11. The advocates, who oppose the construction of the LNG export facilities, spoke the words that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) would not allow the public to hear.
August 18, 2015
Today's EPA announcement on new methane rules for oil and gas comes on the heels of a summer of unsettling reports on the Barnett Shale area in North Texas. In June, researchers from UT Arlington published a report on water quality in the region. In July, the U.S. Geological Survey named the region among the top water users among the energy sector, and new research sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found higher methane emissions than EPA estimates. This news should be seen as a reminder that the fracking industry needs to be carefully monitored and additional safeguards, inspections and enforcement need to be developed in order to keep our shale regions safe.
August 18, 2015
Have you heard the name Jane Dale Owen? If so, you probably have a positive image of her. An ardent supporter of clean air in Texas, particularly along the Houston Ship Channel, she devoted large sums of her time and wealth toward efforts to clean up Texas. She passed away just over a year ago, unfortunately, but her legacy lives on in the work of many non-profit organizations, including Sierra Club's Lone Star Chapter. Perhaps what's most remarkable about her life is that she used her family's considerable wealth from the oil industry to address the pollution her family's business created.