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Shell refinery unit had history of malfunctions before fire

Recent “upsets” like tripped compressors, pressure loss and freezing weather resulted in the thousands of pounds of illegal pollution but no fines or citations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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Living and breathing on the front line of a toxic chemical zone

As the Biden administration moves to curb health threats caused by toxic chemicals, the debate hits home for families living near petrochemical plants.
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In quest for energy independence, Mexico is buying a Texas oil refinery

President López Obrador wants to halt most oil exports and imports of gasoline and other fuels. Critics say he is reneging on Mexico’s climate change commitments.
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New blazes in California's Wine Country force hospital, resort evacuations, consume winery

The North Bay's Wine Country once again became a scene of chaos on Sunday and early Monday as wildfires burned on the east and west side of the Napa Valley and blazed toward Santa Rosa, where residential neighborhoods were being engulfed in flames.

Silent Spills Part 1: In Houston and beyond, Harvey’s spills leave a toxic legacy
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Silent Spills Part 1: In Houston and beyond, Harvey’s spills leave a toxic legacy

As first responders and residents struggled to save lives and property during the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey, the toxic onslaught from the nation's petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed.

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