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Fed Up With Government, Environmentalists Sue Companies

In Texas, frustration from environmental groups stems from what they say is inaction on the federal and state level. Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, said the group decided to sue ExxonMobil after “years and years” of asking the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to take action. “Going through the courts is our best option. It’s kind of our last option,” Metzger said. The trial for that case began in Houston this month and is continuing.

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Central Texans have reason to be concerned about fracking

In November, two drilling companies announced plans to drill twelve wells in Bastrop and Lee counties to frack for oil and gas. From its beginning a decade ago in the Barnett Shale of North Texas, hydraulic fracturing combined with horizontal drilling, i.e. fracking, has mushroomed to tens of thousands of wells nationwide. According to the Texas Economic Development Council, Texas is today home to half of the drilling rigs in the country and a quarter of the rigs in the world, including some right here at our doorstep in Austin.

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Testimony focuses on flaring

That was part of Friday's testimony in the trial of a "citizens suit" by two environmental groups against ExxonMobil and its Baytown subsidiaries. The groups, Environment Texas and the Sierra Club, are asking the judge to declare that the company violated its federal air permits over a nearly eight-year period and that the state regulatory agency failed to take proper enforcement action.

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Bench trial against ExxonMobil by environmental groups begins in Houston

A trial is underway in Houston that pits environmental groups against the largest refinery in Southeast Texas. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas Citizens Lobby Inc. took ExxonMobil to court over allegations it allowed millions of pounds of toxic chemicals to be released from its Baytown refinery.

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Largest-Ever Clean Air Act Lawsuit Filed In Texas Goes To Trial In Houston Federal Court

A federal trial against Exxon Mobil is getting underway today in Houston. Citizens' groups claim Exxon Mobil repeatedly violated clean air standards with the emissions from its refinery in Baytown. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The groups say Exxon Mobil has had 4,000 so-called "emissions events" at its Baytown refinery since 2005.

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