Guest writer Harry Hardman, “What are Desired Future Conditions? Understanding the LSGCD’s Plan for Managing Groundwater”

Harry Hardman, Guest Writer, The Golden Hammer Montgomery County, April 19 – 2021 is a big year for Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD). Not just because it is our 20th anniversary but because this year, we are charged by the state to look ahead, plan for what we want the aquifers to look like in […]

Governor Abbott’s waiver of regulations raises serious questions why those regulations existed at all or are they monopoly-driven

Governor Abbott’s waiver of regulations raises serious questions why those regulations existed at all or are they monopoly-driven

Image: Are industry regulations, especially in plumbing and other trades, just monopoly-driven? The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, February 22 – State disaster declarations and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have become the poster children for abuse of government power and the rewarding of political favors to friends in the guise of “public safety” or “public […]

Biden stages broad attack on energy industry: ‘We can’t wait any longer’ to address climate crisis

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports and Associated Press Washington, D.C., January 28 – In one of the most sweeping attacks on the United States energy industry in history, President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land […]

Editorial: Flushing the Golden Rule

Editorial: Flushing the Golden Rule

Publisher’s Note: This editorial was one of the most popular in the history of The Golden Hammer. Given the state of our world, it seems appropriate to republish it. The editorial originally appeared on November 16, 2019. Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, The Golden Hammer Yesterday morning, one of the reporters of this newspaper went for a short […]

Quadvest and RAW President Sequeira sets record straight, accuses San Jacinto River Authority of price-gouging for water

Conroe, August 1 – Simon Sequeira, President of Quadvest Water and Sewer Utility, set the record about water straight and accused the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) of price-gouging. SJRA advocates water purchases from SJRA’s surface water inventory and is pushing to regulate groundwater out of the competitive water market. Sequeira is the Eighth Most […]

Trump’s EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes’ home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the powdery ash […]

District Court rules that core Lone Star GCD groundwater regulations fall outside of Texas Water Code authorization

BREAKING NEWS! Conroe, October 2 – Senior District Judge Lamar McCorkle, sitting for the 284th District Court of Montgomery County, ruled that, as a matter of law, the core groundwater regulation, which is Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) has imposed on large groundwater producers, is outside of LSGCD’s authority under the Texas Water Code […]

EPA’s Pruitt delivers spectacular speech to agency employees defining the role of government vis-a-vis private citizens, businesses

Washington, February 22 – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addressed employees in the United States Environment Protection Agency yesterday morning for the first time. His speech was spectacular and marks a giant change in the approach of this important federal agency towards regulation. Every regulatory agency in the federal government, in any state government, and in […]