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Exxon trial begins over air pollution at nation's 2nd largest oil refinery

A trial to determine whether Exxon Mobil Corp. broke federal air pollution laws at its sprawling Baytown refinery and chemical plant is set to begin in federal court in Houston on Monday. 

In 2010, the Sierra Club and Environment Texas sued Exxon, claiming Baytown had broken its federal air permits. Using the company’s own reports to regulators, the groups claimed that between 2005 and 2010 there had been thousands of accidental releases at the refinery. By their calculation, Baytown unlawfully emitted more than 8 million pounds of pollutants, including benzene and sulfur dioxide, into the atmosphere.

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Clean Air advocates take Exxon to court

Environmentalists are heading to federal court in Houston to force Exxon Mobil Corp. to reduce air pollution at the nation's largest petroleum and petrochemical complex - something they say the government hasn't done.

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Report finds fracking drains water from drought-stricken states

“Proponents of fracking tout their ability to recycle water, but once water enters the fracking process, even if it’s recycled for fracking, it’s unlikely to enter the (environment) again,” said Dani Neuharth-Keusch, an activist at Environment Texas. “As we’re in this extreme drought, this report is another valid argument to point to against fracking.”

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Combs' report: Fund water-saving ways

In a report highlighting the water woes and needs of Texas, the chief financial officer of the state called on Texas lawmakers to put forward millions of dollars in programs and a state prize to heighten innovation and conservation in water use.

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2014 will be big for Texas environment

This is already shaping up to be a big year for Texas’ environment. Decisions are about to be made that will have a major impact on air quality, the Gulf Coast and Texas rivers.

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