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BP Responds to Reports of Leaks at Texas City Refinery

This evening StateImpact Texas received a response from BP about reported leaks of sulfur dioxide and methyl mercaptan at their refinery in Texas City, Texas. The BP Texas City refinery is the third largest refinery in the US, according to the company, and refines three percent of the country’s gasoline. Here is the full statement: “BP […]

What’s Leaking from the BP Refinery in Texas City?

Earlier this week there were reports of a leak at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, just outside of Galveston. Sulfur dioxide (a pollutant regulated by the EPA and linked to respiratory issues) reportedly escaped the plant. A caller reported the sulfur dioxide leak Monday to the National Response Center, the federal division for reporting oil and […]

Texas Considers “Tax” on Coastal Restoration Projects

As Texas decides how it will spend millions of dollars from a multi-state agreement with BP following the Deepwater Horizon spill, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) is proposing a fee on projects that restore damaged coastal areas. Some of the non-profit environmental and wildlife groups involved in the projects are not happy. Nine groups […]

Where the Keystone XL Pipeline Stalled: the Sands of Nebraska

Just what happened that led to the delay of the Keystone XL pipeline? Views are mixed, not surprisingly, but as Toronto’s Globe and Mail reports, a real sticking point, in addition to those of ideology or politics, was simply geography. The route of the proposed pipeline would have gone from Canada right through the “boiling sands” […]

EPA Showdown: Who in Texas Wants Tighter Refinery Regulation?

Do Hydrogen Cyanide Leaks Show Weakness of Current Regs? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will set up its microphones for an all day hearing Tuesday in Galena Park, a community on Houston’s east side in the heart of the enormous Houston Ship Channel refinery complex. It’s the second of two such hearings with the […]