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The Hidden Beauty of Petrochemicals

9 years ago by Vernon Caldera
Sunset Refinery Excerpt from david sullivan on Vimeo. David Sullivan's Fugitive Emissions on view at Lawndale Art Center through Friday explores the hidden life of petrochemical production. Through his animated paintings, he addresses the issues of our dependence on oil...
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ExxonMobil Gets Proposed Petrochemical Plant Tax Breaks, Despite Local Opposition

2 years ago by Dianna Wray
The vote happened so fast, you almost might have missed it. After months of fierce, contentious debate over whether or not to grant tax breaks to two companies aiming to build a petrochemical plant within about a mile of the local high school, the Gregory-Portland Independent School District board voted...
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Champagne Socialism for Christmas and New Year's 2018 (A Sparkling Wine Guide for the Holidays)

7 months ago by Jeremy Parzen
"The Champagne socialist," wrote George Cary Eggleston in 1906, "wants everybody to be equal upon the higher plane that suits him, utterly ignoring the fact that there are not enough Champagne, green turtle, and truffles to go round." The former Confederate solider, self-described rebel, and memoirist from Indiana was right about...
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Abbott Has Asked For $61 Billion in Harvey Aid, But Will Texas Get It?

2 years ago by Dianna Wray
It's been more than two months since Hurricane Harvey plowed into the Texas Gulf Coast, unleashing trillions of gallons of water on Houston and other cities in its path, and while Congress kicked some money to Texas, Governor Greg Abbott flew to Washington D.C. this week to request an additional...
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Air Monitors Tracking Benzene, Other Pollutants, in Post-Harvey Manchester

2 years ago by Dianna Wray
Hurricane Harvey was nasty enough in its own right, but it's becoming increasingly apparent the catastrophic storm is also behind a significant amount of air pollution coming out of the refineries and petrochemical plants in the storm's path. Now air pollution, including plumes of benzene, is being tracked in Manchester...
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Houston Bombs in Rankings for Cities Most Ripe for Amazon Headquarters

2 years ago by Meagan Flynn
Depending on how much Jeff Bezos and the folks at Amazon care about the opinion of Moody's Analytics, Houston is apparently not even close to being in the running for the new Amazon headquarters. In rankings Moody's Analytics recently released, the country's fourth-largest city ranks an embarrassing, somewhat puzzling 49...
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Is Harvey Also a Threat to the Air We Breathe?

2 years ago by Dianna Wray
Foul smells are nothing new in Manchester — air pollution has laced the fence line community so steadily for so many years that most longtime residents don't even notice it anymore, as we've reported — and even in the face of Hurricane Harvey and a catastrophic flood in Houston, the...
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Exxon, Other Refineries, Emitted Chemicals Into the Air During Harvey

2 years ago by Dianna Wray
Residents in Manchester and across East Houston complained of a strange, unexplained smell starting on Saturday night, long before the worst of Hurricane Harvey had even hit. There's still no official explanation of the odor, which lingered for more than two days, but a slew of reports filed by various...
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Hurricane Harvey Will Hit the Texas Oil Industry No Matter Where It Lands

2 years ago by Dianna Wray
As Hurricane Harvey barrels toward the Texas Gulf Coast, the Texas energy industry is getting set to deal with the potential fallout from the storm. There are several ways this hurricane — Harvey is currently a Category 1 but could become as much as a Category 4 with winds of...

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