Former EPA regional chief Al Armendariz, who resigned amid a flap over his suggestion that the agency should “crucify” violators, spoke with the Texas Tribune about EPA’s relationship with the energy industry and Texas environmental regulators.
Houston-based Apache Corporation, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, reported a 73 percent drop in second quarter earnings over the same time last year, hard hit by the recent drop in oil and gas prices.
A key Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas engineer testified that he repeatedly told his bosses the company was relying on flawed data to vouch for the safety of its gas transmission lines before the San Bruno disaster, but that the utility took no steps to fix the problem.
Newly independent refining corporation Phillips 66 is tying its success to North America’s growing bounty of crude, employing a bevy of transportation methods to free its refineries from higher-priced oil imports.
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