The contested case hearing over the Las Brisas permit concluded last week and now everyone has to wait and see what the judges recommend and what the TCEQ does. There is a good article by Forrest Wilder in the recent issue of the Texas Observer about the coal issue in Texas called The Coal Star State - I highly recommend reading it. His blog is good, too. Note what he says about the water.
The EPA is taking measures to rein in the TCEQ's egregious permitting of polluters and to improve its own standards - I pray these measures come in time for us.