Tag Archives: Hurricane Harvey

EPA won’t release benzene levels collected post-Harvey; private tests show elevated levels

Environmental groups hired a private firm after the flooding and found higher than normal levels of dangerous chemicals in the air around a refinery, via Texas Tribune.

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Hurricane Harvey highlights the role of immigrant labor in Texas economy

By Caroline Halter The Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA was expected. But it comes as Hurricane Harvey recasts a spotlight on the role of immigrant labor in Texas.

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Houston Homeowners Face Another Daunting Task: Navigating The FEMA Aid Process

As the waters begin to recede in Southeast Texas, those affected by hurricane Harvey have more challenges ahead. One of those daunting tasks includes applying for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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UPDATE: Chemical Plant’s Smokes Not Toxic, Authorities Confirm; Pence To Meet With Harvey Victims in Corpus

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed that smokes from explosions at the Crosby plan are not a danger for community, via Houston Public Media.

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Harvey Closures Could Threaten to Strand Permian Basin Oil

More than 500 miles from the flooding in Houston, oil fields in the Permian Basin are dry – but that doesn’t mean that they won’t feel the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

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Here’s How Translators Are Helping Harvey Ecavuees

Translators are in high demand at Austin’s Delco Center shelter because almost half of all Houstonians speak a language other than English, via Texas Standard.

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Houston Mayor: Residents shouldn’t let “sanctuary cities” law deter rescue efforts

“I do not want you to run the risk of losing your life or [that of] a family member because you’re concerned about SB 4 or anything else,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday amid concerns a new immigration law will … Continue reading

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Gas Prices Could Rise If Gulf Rigs and Refineries Don’t Come Online Soon

Energy companies shut down refineries and offshore rigs ahead of, and in response to, Hurricane Harvey. As a result, the region is producing about 3 million fewer barrels a day, or 15 percent of the total daily consumption of oil … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Rescued People Struggling To Get To Shelters, Emmett Says

Residents west of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs in Houston are being advised to evacuate their homes on Monday, via Houston Public Media.

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Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey

As Texans in the Rio Grande Valley prepare for Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Border Patrol said its checkpoints north of the border will remain open, via Texas Tribune.

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