Eagle Ford

Energy & Environment

Texas will have to cut methane emissions from oil fields under new federal climate rule

Posted on · Most of the methane emissions in the U.S. come from the energy sector — especially in Texas, the nation’s largest oil and gas producing state which currently lacks a strict rule to capture escaping methane emissions from energy infrastructure.

Altivia La Porte

Public Safety

City of La Porte lifts shelter-in-place order after chemical emergency at Altivia plant

Posted on · Citing an active leak of phosgene, a toxic gas, from the Altivia facility, La Porte asked residents in the industrial community to shelter in place for nearly two hours Monday. The office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said eight people were transported from the plant because of exposure to the chemical.

Sunnyside Air Quality Monitor

Energy & Environment

EPA awards another $500,000 grant for air-quality monitoring in Houston neighborhoods

Posted on · A grant awarded this week by the federal agency will expand air-quality monitoring in the Fifth Ward, Galena Park, Pleasantville and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Earlier this year, the EPA awarded $500,000 for air monitoring in four other communities in East Houston.

Port Arthur LNG

Energy & Environment

Port Arthur LNG facility on hold as federal appeals court vacates Texas-issued emissions permit

Posted on · The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled this week that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality did not impose stringent-enough emissions standards for a planned liquified natural gas production facility in southeast Texas.