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Pipeline operator won’t be penalized for explosion

Energy Transfer Company will not be fined for a pipeline explosion that occurred in DeWitt County in June. A 46-page report from the Railroad Commission of Texas attributes the cause of the pipeline rupture to a bending overload that placed the bottom of the 42-inch pipeline under pressure, causing a fracture along the weld. No violations were identified by the ...

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Texas officials find (again) air emissions safe in the Barnett shale

A recent peer-reviewed study is a gust of fresh air for shale development in Texas. Analysis found that North Texas natural gas drilling in the Barnett Shale has not contributed to dangerous increases in harmful levels of air emissions. In a study published by scientists at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in the Journal of Unconventional Oil and ...

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Environmental groups likely to ask feds to oversee Texas coal plants

Alleging that Texas environmental regulators met privately with utility lobbyists before easing pollution reporting requirements for coal-fired power plants, a coalition of environmental groups is likely to ask the federal government today to revisit and tighten permits. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality authorized up to 30 times more soot per hour from power plants than federal standards allow at ...

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Eagle Ford’s guardian angel

When it comes to hydraulic fracturing, there’s a new environmental regulator in the Eagle Ford Shale Play. But it’s not a subset of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or even a rouge group of environmentalists. One 78 year-old nun has taken on the task of making sure oil operations go smoothly without the cost ...

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Residents complain of foul smell

Some West Odessa residents are complaining of headaches and nausea, but no environmental agencies are looking into the oilfield waste landfill that many say is contributing to the symptoms. Joe Mendoza, 28, lives in the neighborhood just west of South Westcliff Road, and said the Tervita landfill looming over the residents sends strong fumes over all the houses. “I work ...

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Environmental agency receives various donations for travel expenses


Over the course of 17 months, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state’s environmental regulatory agency, received $135,121.37 in contributions from outside agencies. These contributions were largely used for travel fare, meals and hotel stays for conferences. The largest contributor to the commission during this period was the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which paid for 18 trips to seven cities. ...

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Flint Hills poised to process more crude

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CORPUS CHRISTI — Flint Hills Resources has begun the construction phase of a project that will enable its West refinery in Corpus Christi to process more crude from the Eagle Ford Shale energy play. Valerie Pompa, vice president and manufacturing manager for Flint Hills Resources, and members of the plant’s leadership team broke ground on the project last week. In ...

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