Texas governor announces investigations into energy failure during winter storm

In a primetime address, Gov. Greg Abbott pointed the finger at the state’s energy operator, ERCOT, for massive power outages during the deep freeze last week.
2:32 | 02/25/21

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The latest on the disaster in Texas. Residents still coping with supply shortages and problems with their water as the governor announces investigations into the power outages and Marcus Moore is in Arlington with more. Good morning, Marcus. Reporter: Hey, good morning, Michael. Take a look at this copper pipe. This is a one-inch water pipe. Look at the gouge in the side. It ruptured from the freezing temperatures and happened throughout this church building where we are and sent water spewing onto the ground for nine hours last week. There was two to eight inches of standing water inside the church building. This is the sanctuary here at St. John the apostle united methodist church. Just an absolute mess and all of this started with massive power outages and overnight the governor pointing the finger in a statewide address. Ercot repeatedly assured the state and the public that ercot was prepared. Those assurances turned out to be false. Reporter: Overnight Texas governor Greg Abbott announcing multiple investigations into the agency that manages 90% of the state's power grid. Ercot must be overhauled. Many of you are angry and you have a right to be. Reporter: In a board meeting Wednesday ercot's CEO bill magnus said it was minutes away from a complete blackout. Six members have resigned in the wake of the crisis. Critics highlighting several of those members live outside Texas and are not affected by the outages and now the Travis county district attorney in Austin also opening a criminal investigation into the power outages that caused so much devastation. The D.A. Has not indicated whether the investigation would specifically target ercot. While most of the power has been restored and water boil notices lifted many residents are still not in the clear. Just look at their water. Houston public works has received 9400 complaints about water that looks dirty and smells fishy. Still dirty. Reporter: The change is caused by algae that is seasonal and adding the drinking water continues to meet or exceed federal and state standards. Others still don't have running water like this apartment in Arlington, Texas, residents forced to fill jugs from a hydrant. You have to go over there to fill up water. Otherwise you can't even flush the toilet. Reporter: One of the other pressing issues is the high electricity bills some Texans received and lawmakers are expected to begin holding hearse on that issue and the overall crisis later today, George. Okay, Marcus, thanks very much.

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