Steve Olafson


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  • 10 years ago

    We have little understanding of how a local chemical manufacturing plant can flaunt state environmental regulations for an entire year and not get called on the carpet for it until nearly two years later, but that describes the goings-on at the Su...

  • 11 years ago

    Let's be honest.There aren't a lot of "bad days" for a global petrochemical company that made a record $45.2 billion profit last year, so we'll just say ExxonMobil had a less than stellar day on Wednesday when state regulators penalized it more th...

  • 11 years ago

    Note: This item incorrectly had Richard Connelly's byline on it for awhile. It's by Steve Olafson. Apologies to all.Question: How sexy are Ron Paul-style Republicans? We intended to post a YouTube video that might have addressed the above question...

  • 11 years ago

    Total Petrochemicals USA, Inc., based here in Houston, agreed this week to come clean on a rather big problem that was three and a half years in the making.From a Houston point of view, it could have been worse, as the problem was over at Total's ...

  • 11 years ago

    If you worry about pollution -- especially in light on the EPA's latest study of the cancer risk posed by air pollution -- you might see that instead of threatening our lives, air pollution actually helps all of us, especially those of us who are ...

  • 11 years ago

    The Dow Chemical Co. got whacked last week with a $202,325 fine for air pollution violations, but if we had to guess, we'd say the world's second-largest chemical company thanks its lucky stars it does business in a state like Texas, where a histo...

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