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.
January 28, 2016
Outside the city of Eagle Pass on the Texas/Mexico border a coal-mining project is getting under way. The project was initially proposed in 1994; since that time seemingly everyone in the region has worked to ensure it never happens. Resistance has taken an unfortunate step backwards recently when the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) granted various permits and the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers (USACE) streamlined a state process for coal mining. In November, to the dismay of locals, mining commenced.
January 27, 2016
Back in December, several media outlets reported on a study released by the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) that found 60 million pounds of uranium deposits in South Texas and estimated that another 200 million pounds of ore remains undiscovered. Those in favor of nuclear power may see the recent USGS study as good news, and while motives behind nuclear may be well intentioned, the process of mining uranium is harmful to the environment by contaminating groundwater, which have the potential to seep into sources of drinking water.