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Houston bayou’s evolution into busy port ongoing

port of houston

HOUSTON (AP) — A century ago, the Houston Ship Channel was nothing more than a bayou meandering into the Gulf of Mexico. Today, massive ocean-going vessels carrying thousands of containers zip in and out of the channel, where a barge collided with a ship over the weekend, spilling 170,000 gallons of gooey tar-like oil into the water. Though the cause ...

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Carlsbad may lease well to company that sells water for fracking

saving water

By Jonathan Smith, Carlsbad Current-Argus, NM CARLSBAD — The city of Carlsbad may lease a water tank to Gregory Rockhouse Ranch, a company that sells water to the oil and gas industry. The proposed lease agreement goes before the city council Tuesday. The 10,000 barrel water tank is old and in poor shape, according to city attorney Eileen Riordan. Gregory ...

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‘Significant’ oil spill closes US ship channel

soiled beach

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat. A barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of the heavy oil collided with a ship ...

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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum revises its story

museum tour

Workers at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum already started packing the photos, the papers of old oilmen and the other archives, taking them to the library in downtown Midland. And beginning mid-April, many of the artifacts of the region’s booms and busts will come down too, as the museum’s long-anticipated renovation begins. Then, for the next-18 months or so, the ...

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Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration

shorebird profile

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Crews armed with infrared cameras planned to work through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. Booms were brought ...

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