Stories by Mose Buchele

Monday, July 13, 2020 by Mose Buchele

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

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 March,…

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by Mose Buchele

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 the…

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by Mose Buchele

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

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

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 Landfill…

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 by Mose Buchele

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 rain…

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by Mose Buchele

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 barrier…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Mose Buchele

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

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

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

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 pretty quick…

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by Mose Buchele

New Texas pipeline protest law is about more than pipelines

A law went into effect in Texas this week that increases penalties for demonstrators who interfere with oil and gas pipelines and other pieces of “critical infrastructure.”Oil and gas states have adopted such laws to crack down on demonstrations like…

Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Opponents plan lawsuit over Hill Country pipeline’s impact on endangered birds

A new front has opened in the legal battle against a proposed, 430-mile natural gas pipeline through the Texas Hill Country, focusing on how the project will impact the endangered golden-cheeked warbler.Hays County, the Travis Audubon Society and private property…

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by Mose Buchele

The heat in Austin could outpace science’s ability to measure it by 2036

This July is on track to be Earth’s hottest month ever recorded. That spike in heat is part of a larger warming trend that could change the way governments and researchers measure extreme temperatures.When it comes to triple-digit days in…

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Price tag to fix Shoal Creek landslide balloons

After more than a year of negotiations with property owners over how to repair a landslide along Shoal Creek, the city of Austin is moving ahead with the project – but it could cost millions more than initially thought.In May…

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Mayor Adler says more lanes on I-35 won’t solve Austin’s traffic woes – but it’s a start

Austin Mayor Steve Adler wants you to know something.“I do not believe that adding lanes to I-35 … is the answer to congestion,” Adler said in an interview with KUT, saying that merely adding lanes will make traffic worse on…

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by Mose Buchele

That storm last Friday was bad, but it could have been much worse

A powerful storm dumped up to 7 inches of rain in parts of Central Texas on Friday and could be responsible for up to four deaths in the region. But in one sense, Austin “got lucky,” the city’s flood plain…

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Scientists discover three new species of salamander in Central Texas

A team of biologists announced this week they’d found three new species of rare salamanders in Central Texas. The discovery of any new species is big news in science, but in Texas – where the fate of salamanders and people…

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Austin Water report shows big impact of boil order was conservation

Austin Water delivered an “after action” report to City Council yesterday on the weeklong boil-water order enacted during severe flooding in October. The presentation shed more light on what happened to bring about the emergency and what the city might…

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