Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

October 27, 2021 to October 29, 2021

71st Annual Gulf Coast Geoscience Convention

GeoGulf's 2021 theme is “Sustaining Geoscience through the Energy Transition.” Hosted by Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, the program will cover oil and gas, the energy transition, carbon storage, geothermal, environmental, water and more.

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"Texas Governor Says Power Grid Fixed; Experts Cite Problems"

"Despite experts who say Texas’ power grid remains vulnerable, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott declared Tuesday that new reforms “fix all of the flaws” that caused February’s deadly winter blackout that left more than 4 million people without power in subfreezing weather."

Source: AP, 06/09/2021

Before You Cover That Pipeline Protest, Check the Law

At least 16 states currently have critical infrastructure anti-protest laws that could sweep up journalists on the scene, reports the latest TipSheet. The laws, which more states are considering, apply to pipelines, but sometimes other facilities that impact the environment too, like powerlines, dams, port facilities and refineries. How to keep track and avoid going to jail.

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"Texas’ Fix After Blackout Doesn’t Dwell On Climate Change"

"Texas’ biggest fix to February’s deadly winter blackout that left more than 4 million people without power puts new attention on projections by the state’s climatologist but does not dwell on climate change after a deep freeze buckled the state’s unprepared electric grid."

Source: AP, 06/01/2021

‘Suezmax’ Oil Tankers Could Soon Ply Poisoned Waters of Texas’ Lavaca Bay

"Fishermen and environmentalists say a plan to export crude would require dredging mercury-laced sediment in a Superfund site, imperling oyster reefs and the natural habitat."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/31/2021

After Chemical Fire, Texas Close To New Safety Rules For Industry

"Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, spent years negotiating with industry groups to get new regulations placed on the chemical industry after the ITC fire in 2019. The bill has passed both chambers, but small changes need to be ironed out before it is sent to Gov. Greg Abbott."

Source: Texas Tribune, 05/24/2021

"Electricity: Documents Reveal Natural Gas Chaos In Texas Blackouts"

"Texas' electricity leaders were deeply focused on natural gas shortages days before blackouts crippled the state in February and plunged the state's power industry into chaos, according to documents obtained by E&E News."

Source: E&E News, 05/21/2021

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