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As disaster approached Texas, the state agency overseeing the power industry operated...
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Major COVID-related emissions drop still ‘no cause for cheer’

Greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. fell 18% below last year's level in the three months ending June 15, reflecting an economy sharply hobbled by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report by research firm Rhodium Group.

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Pollution returns to Houston, as coranavirus restrictions loosen

Houston's air pollution is returning to normal levels, following a period of cleaner skies during the stay-at-home orders put in place to slow the spread the coronavirus.

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Climate

Exxon Mobil to reduce methane emissions at 1,000 Permian Basin sites

Irving oil major Exxon Mobil is testing new equipment to reduce methane emissions at 1,000 sites in the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico.
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As pollution abates and skies clear, coronavirus shutdown gives glimpse of life with less fossil fuel

Whether it's blue skies over Beijing, satellite imagery showing emissions dropping in Milan or air monitors in Houston recording less ozone than normal, mankind's sudden hunkering down in response to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in visibly cleaner air with remarkable speed.

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Robin Schneider: Trump and Abbott are giving a license to pollute under cover of coronavirus

By setting aside vital protective measures, the president and governor appear to take advantage of an economic and health emergency in order to allow more profits and pollution from existing industrial plants and to speed up the permitting of proposed new fossil fuel and plastics plants.

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Judge rules in favor of Harris County in Exxon case - HoustonChronicle.com

The county and the state have been racing to the courthouse after a serues of chemical incidents in the Houston starting in March 2019.
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Texas oil and gas greenhouse pollution could negate progress on emissions, report says

While greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. fell about 2 percent last year, some of that progress is being undercut by continued expansion of oil and gas industry.
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Annova LNG plans to get all of its power from renewables

Houston liquefied natural gas company Annova LNG plans to get all of the electricity for its proposed export terminal at the Port of Brownsville from renewable sources such as wind and solar.
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Toxics

Texas regulators may raise the acceptable level of a toxic chemical. Activists and East Harris County residents are worried

Texas is considering changes that could increase levels of a toxic gas believed to be responsible for some of the highest cancer risks in the country - particularly in east Harris County, where its production is concentrated.

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‘It’s summer, Chuck.’ Cornyn climate-change quip draws heated response

Cornyn says the reaction “proves the left/so-called progressives have zero sense on humor.”
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Texas sues Exxon Mobil over environmental violations from Baytown fire

The state of Texas filed suit against the petrochemical giant days after Harris County sued the company over a July 31 fire.
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Why people don’t listen to experts on climate change

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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