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EPA Orders Northfolk Southern to Clean Up Its Mess

Figure 1 – Norfolk Southern freight train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. Photo credit: www.apnews.com. On Tuesday morning, February 21, 2023, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) chief Michael Regan ordered that Norfolk Southern Railroad Company to pay for the cost of remediation for Norfolk Southern’s train derailment, in which 38 derailed. Of those…

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New Propane Facility Leaves Houston Neighborhood Frustrated

CenterPoint Energy held a meeting with representatives from the Southwest Crossing neighborhood in Houston, Texas to discuss the new propane storage facility constructed a mere 500 feet away from their neighborhood. The meeting was prompted by the community’s frustration over the lack of communication and transparency from CenterPoint regarding the project. Representatives of the neighborhood…

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Southwest Houston Residents Wary of Centerpoint Facility Given Safety Concerns

In December 2022, a community protest formed in the Southwest Houston neighborhood of Southwest Crossing; in response to Centerpoint Energy’s new propane facility that was recently constructed on the neighborhood’s fringe. Centerpoint, the Houston-based energy giant, reportedly began building propane-air peak-shaving facilities throughout Houston since 2019. Centerpoint is a beneficiary of an approximately $16 billion…

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Deadly Railroad Explosion in Houston

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a deadly explosion that occurred on railroad tracks located near the 26500 block of East Hardy Road in Harris County, Texas. On November 5, 2022, at approximately 8:00 a.m., a Union Pacific employee working on a railroad line was killed in a gas explosion, according to officials…

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Deer Park Residents Exposed to Benzene for Weeks After Chemical Fire

In 2019, a group of massive tanks caught fire at a chemical storage facility that was owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, a city in Harris County, Texas. Some of these tanks contained highly flammable chemicals—the fire caused the tanks to collapse, and chemicals went gushing into the ship channels nearby. Not only…

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Can You Sue Your Natural Gas Provider in Texas After a Home Explosion or Fire Caused by a Natural Gas Leak?

In Texas, there are generally few circumstances in which an aggrieved homeowner may sue their natural gas provider for ordinary negligence for a home explosion or fire caused by a natural gas leak. For each natural gas provider in the State, the circumstances are limited and specifically identified in each provider’s tariff, a document the…

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