An analysis of the performance of Texas State agencies in protecting the environment
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- Environmental Map of the Houston-Galveston Area (1971)
O'Rourke, Terence Leo
Adams, John A. S.
Master of Arts
With emphasis on the recurring accidents in the transportation and production of petroleum, this study analyzes the performance of Texas State agencies in protecting the marine environment. It summarizes the chronic and destructive force of crude oil and petroleum products in the food chain and then evaluates the piecemeal legislative and administrative approach that is designed to cope pith these problems. Noting the absence of a uniform state environmental policy and the failure of state agencies to effectively monitor and process pollution information, the study specifically characterizes the efforts of the Texas Water Quality Board and the Texas Railroad Commission. Describing the insulation of pollution control agencies from the public, the study proposes a legislative response, The Environmental Protection Act, which would provide an active role for concerned citizens. Also included are discussions of the problems of mapping environmental factors and comprehensive spill retention and recovery plans.