Stories by Mose Buchele, KUT

Monday, September 27, 2021 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Barton Creek, Sculpture Falls closed to swimmers and pets after toxins found in the water

The city of Austin confirmed the presence of poisonous algae toxins in Barton Creek after at least one swimmer got sick. The city is warning people not to go in the water as long as the dangerous algae remain. Dogs…

Thursday, September 9, 2021 by Mose Buchele, KUT

As climate crisis deepens, Austin looks to speed up emission reductions

Austin would effectively emit zero greenhouse gases 10 years earlier than previously planned if a new proposal from city staff comes to fruition – but the goal would require a dramatic acceleration of the progress the city has already made…

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 by Mose Buchele, KUT

For most of Texas, this summer was extreme … extremely mild

This summer the West Coast burned, the Midwest baked and states from Louisiana to New York flooded, but the weather in Texas was pretty OK, actually? After enduring a historic winter storm and statewide power failure this February, Texas got…

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Hotter, stormier, droughtier: What to look for as meteorologists update ‘normal’ weather for Austin

Lee esta historia en español. When you hear a weatherperson mention Austin’s average high temperature or rainfall next month, the numbers will be different. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is updating what it considers “normal” weather throughout the country.…

Monday, February 8, 2021 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Austin approves $23M to help prevent gentrification near new transit hubs

Austin City Council has put $23 million toward projects to stop people from getting priced out of their neighborhoods. It’s the first use of money from a larger anti-displacement fund set up to soften the gentrifying effects of planned rail…

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Some air pollutants increased in Austin during the pandemic. The big question is why?

As Covid-19 spread across the globe in the spring, people noticed a strange side effect of the pandemic: The air was getting cleaner. Stay-at-home orders, along with the economic crash caused by the outbreak, meant less industrial and transportation-related pollution.…

Monday, August 31, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

City could store three Lake Austins’ worth of water underground by 2040

Austin gets all of its water from the Highland Lakes, but that might not always be the case. The city recently took a first step toward storing massive amounts of water underground. If the plan works, it could help Austin…

Friday, July 31, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Austin lifts ban on public drinking in East Austin

Lee esta historia en español. No matter what side of the street you’re on, you will soon be on the right side of the law when you walk around East Austin with a beer. Austin City Council approved a resolution…

Monday, July 13, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Dog owners take note: Toxic algae early warning system is in the works

The heat of summer is here and that means toxic blue-green algae may return to Austin lakes and creeks. Last year, at least five dogs died after swimming in parts of Lady Bird Lake containing the algae. This year, the…

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Kinder Morgan sued over drilling fluid spill in Blanco County

The pipeline company Kinder Morgan violated the Safe Drinking Water Act when it spilled tens of thousands of gallons of drilling fluid into Blanco County groundwater, according to a new lawsuit from local landowners and groundwater conservation groups. In late…

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Hays County revokes permits for Kinder Morgan pipeline

The Hays County Commissioners Court has revoked permits it issued allowing Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway pipeline project to bore under county roads. The move is the most recent flare-up in a long-standing battle between Hill Country landowners, local governments and…

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Amid historic oil bust, Texas regulators consider the once unthinkable: Keeping it in the ground

In a move that would have been unimaginable just a couple of months ago, Texas is considering limiting oil production in the state. Capping the amount of crude that can be pumped is a power the state has not used…

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

After emergency orders, Austin seeks more money for housing and small businesses

The city of Austin’s Economic Development Department doesn’t know how many residents will lose income because of the bar and restaurant closures and crowd-control rules announced to stop the spread of COVID-19. But with more than 125,000 people working in…

Friday, February 7, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Opponents of Austin trash transfer station take their case to the state

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality held a public hearing Thursday night on a proposal to build a garbage transfer station in North Austin. The project is facing growing opposition from public officials, neighbors and environmental groups. The Austin Community…

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Austin backs off plans to stabilize Shoal Creek slope after impasse with landowners

The city is abandoning efforts to stabilize a part of the cliff that runs along the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail near Pease Park after landowners up the hill refused to grant property easements needed for the work. Heavy…

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Austin unveils design for a new bridge on the southern end of Lady Bird Lake

The city of Austin is one step closer to taking down the “last major barrier” on the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake. And according to city street designer Nathan Wilkes, the idea came from the public. The…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Hill Country landowners say Kinder Morgan is lowballing them. Special courts are agreeing.

Kay Pence owns a ranch in the Hill Country town of Fredericksburg. About a year ago, she got a call from the pipeline company Kinder Morgan. The caller told her the company planned to run a section of its 430-mile…

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Austin joins legal fight against Permian Highway Pipeline

The city of Austin is signaling it intends to sue Kinder Morgan, the company behind the proposed Permian Highway Pipeline – a 430-mile natural gas line that has provoked major opposition in the Texas Hill Country. In filing its notice…

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by Mose Buchele, KUT

Hill Country landowners get ready for fight over another proposed pipeline

Charles Chaney Jr. has Utopia on his mind. The Texas City resident is a month away from retirement and Utopia is the name of the scenic Hill Country town where his family has lived for generations. He had planned to…

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Mose Buchele, KUT

This September is on track to be the hottest ever in Austin

There was a time when it seemed like summer could have gone differently; a wet spring and a relatively mild June had us thinking maybe this year wouldn’t be so bad. Boy, that didn’t last long. “Yeah, we dried out…

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