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Report | MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative Rapid Response Group

Underground Oil Storage in Texas

COVID-19 shutdowns in the first few months of 2020 caused a severe drop in fuel demand and prices. In order to alleviate the economic burdens placed on the oil and gas industry, the Railroad Commission of Texas passed a temporary exemption in May 2020 that expands the potential options for storing oil underground. The following report explores conventional underground oil storage in salt caverns as well as alternative options and potential risks to human and environmental health.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Statement: Corpus Christi pipeline explosion and fire

AUSTIN -- A massive fire and explosion broke out this morning along refinery row in Corpus Christi, Texas. This fire follows fires at a Poly-America plastic manufacturing plant in Dallas and Pasadena Refining Systems near Houston earlier this week. Officials say a barge hit the pipeline, causing the explosion and fire. 

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Our decades-long campaign to defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not over | Steve Blackledge

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will begin oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We've been working for decades to protect this 19 million acre wilderness, and we're not giving up now.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Environment Texas,TexPIRG urge Congress to cancel oil and gas lease sales

AUSTIN -- Despite the public health and environmental issues caused by fossil fuel extraction, and in the midst of a public health emergency that has the public’s attention focused elsewhere, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) hosted its biannual oil and gas drilling lease sale on Wednesday. Twenty-two companies bid on 71 tracts, covering more than 390,000 acres of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, including off the Texas coast. 

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News Release | Environment Texas

Statement: Poly-America Manufacturing Plant Fire

AUSTIN -- The Poly-America plastics manufacturing plant in Grand Prairie, Texas caught fire early this morning, and officials say the fire could burn until late in the day tomorrow. The facility manufactures plastic products, like garbage bags and plastic sheeting, that are made from polyethylene and other raw plastic materials.

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