The salty water spewing high on a Crane County ranch could be a sign of a “whack-a-mole” future in the Permian Basin.
These Texans think so.
A Pecos County well has leaked noxious salt water for almost two decades. No one is taking responsibility for getting it cleaned up.
Federal agencies have long struggled to stop illegal fishing and drug smuggling in the Gulf of Mexico. In recent years, it’s only gotten worse.
So is a little fish that swam along the San Marcos River.
In 2018, as national chains pledged to ditch their nonbiodegradable polystyrene cups, Whataburger said it would look into alternative materials, too. What happened?
Some of the healthiest coral communities in the world beckon off the Texas coast. Can unlikely allies save this undersea paradise?
Conservationist Adam Black roams the state looking for endangered flora, which he shares with researchers around the world.
The state's energy business has long counted on tax breaks and other largesse. Whether renewables or fossil fuels get more depends on how you do the math.
Residents of the South Texas beach town say SpaceX’s billionaire owner is ruining their “little piece of heaven.”
In announcing an ambitious renewable-energy push this week, the Biden administration highlighted a vessel under construction in Brownsville as proof of the economic opportunities of going green.
A ten-year, $205 million renovation is transforming Houston’s Memorial Park from a dense and dying thicket into a lush oasis. But is this restoring nature or replacing it?
Two major conservation funding victories could create a brighter future for Texas's public lands.
Instead of wasting time on tiresome culture wars, Texas’s political leaders ought to be thinking big. They could start by saving Houston from disaster.
After the oil bust, wind and solar energy might be the Permian Basin’s best hope.
Merlin Tuttle has spent his career dispelling myths about bats. Now he’s defending them once again.
Christian Wallace talks to some familiar faces from the Boomtown series in an attempt to understand what happened on April 20, 2020—when oil prices went negative for the first time in history.
On a special edition of ‘The National Podcast of Texas,’ the West Texas native and former roughneck explains this week’s record-setting price plunge and weighs its long-term impact on the state’s once-thriving energy business.
Robert and Vickie Lyle’s lives revolve around hunting and trapping hogs. Wildlife refuge managers count on them to keep the destructive pigs in check.
An interview with Robert Bullard on how the novel coronavirus exacerbates existing environmental health issues.
The Redfish Wars changed Texas fishing. A fight over flounder could be next.
The state has spent more than a century building up a world-class fishery, with some unintended consequences.
One energy company allegedly working with the drag star is based in Texas.
Surprising statements by oil industry leaders have grabbed headlines. But the bigger change is underway more quietly, among young Republicans.
The uneasy alliance between ranchers and the oil industry goes all the way back to the early wildcatting days in West Texas. But today, that relationship is more fraught than ever.
During booms, the Permian Basin sees a rise in prostitution charges. But misperceptions and stereotypes about sex work have led to policies that may actually harm the women involved.
We explore a different kind of boom in the Permian Basin. Meet the women working at a lingerie coffee shop, a “breastaurant,” and two area strip clubs.
A devastating bust transforms the Permian from the promised land into a wasteland.
As part of the ambitious Alexandria Project, West Texas archaeologists are documenting several hundred pictographs in just four years.
I spent some quality time with those decorated cedar trees along Loop 360 to see if I could get in the holiday spirit.
The Santa Rita oil well, named after the patron saint of impossible dreams, launched the first Permian Basin boom and has been fueling the dreams of West Texas wildcatters ever since.
In the first episode of our new podcast series, host Christian Wallace takes us back to his hometown in the Permian Basin, which is nearly unrecognizable to him today. We meet a few of the people whose lives have been upended by the biggest oil boom in U.S. history.
Unless rapid warming is halted, the teeming reefs of the Gulf will likely be decimated.
A 10-part podcast series from Texas Monthly and Imperative Entertainment.
Our new 11-part series takes you inside the rugged Permian Basin of West Texas, where roughnecks and billionaire wildcatters are fueling a boom so big it’s reshaping our climate, our economy, and our geopolitics.
Gulf Coast citizen-activists collected 30 million plastic pellets in order to prove that Formosa was violating the Clean Water Act.
Like many in Houston, I've fallen into a predictable pattern as I’ve adapted to the increasingly extreme weather here.
Beaumont, Houston, and Jefferson County are being inundated by rain.
How Texans are taking on plastic pollution—one piece at a time.
Activists are concerned that the Trump administration will circumvent congressional prohibitions against building a barrier through the South Texas preserve.
(And get rich doing it.)
The federal government’s efforts threaten to cut off access to much of the Valley’s natural beauty and forever alter life along the river.
The invasive species hitches rides on contaminated boats from one body of water to the next.
On this week’s National Podcast of Texas, the author of ’Superpower’ outlines the state’s pioneering role in America’s transition toward fossil fuels alternatives.
Falcon Lake hit a balmy 116 while the heat index in Brownsville was an eyeball-melting 128 degrees, nine degrees warmer than Death Valley.
Though some will reap serious profits, the region’s dealing with skyrocketing rents, overcrowded schools, and potholes as big as VW Beetles.
The state’s biggest industry finds itself in an unusual position: facing landowner-friendly reforms at the Texas Legislature.
In the tug-of-war over groundwater between two Central Texas counties, he who pumps the most, wins. At least until everyone loses.
The ninety-year-old conservationist and fried-chicken tycoon reflects on land stewardship—and the invaluable lessons he learned as a young door-to-door salesman.
The silver anniversary of a birding festival highlights the contrast between the politics and the ecology of the region.