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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New report ranks higher ed on renewable energy

The report shows that more than 40 colleges and universities currently obtain 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Statement: BioLab chemical fire during Hurricane Laura

Ahead of Hurricane Laura, a number of facilities in Texas shut down, a process that requires releasing hazardous pollutants. The companies that run those plants, including Motiva Chemicals, told the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) that they planned to emit over 4 million pounds of pollution collectively. Early this morning, Motiva, restarting its facility in Port Arthur, Texas, said that it would release nearly 49,000 pounds of pollution.

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Refineries, chemical plants release over 4 millions pounds of pollution as a result of Hurricane Laura | Catherine Fraser

Refineries and chemical plants along the Gulf Coast are shutting down ahead of Hurricane Laura’s landfall. These shutdown events, however, often are significant pollution events. 

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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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