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Texas and the environment

March 5, 2014

Texas politicians long have had a cozy relationship with oil companies. Of course, many wells have only cattle near them, and the rancher was more than eager to take that revenue interest off the top. Where communities are, the general attitude has been that the boom is worth the smell and pollution, whether individuals think so or not. Bloomberg has an article on how this is playing out in the Eagle Ford shale.

That article is right to point out that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is pretty much a joke. Corpus Christi is fortunate that the federal EPA regulates refinery emissions. Neighboring Port Aransas recently voted to ban refineries. Nick Jiminez points out the political twist in that.

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