Texas rolls out mobile pollution monitoring capabilities following failures during Hurricane Harvey
Credit: Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneHOUSTON – Texas officials on Tuesday said the state’s environmental agency has added greater capacity to quickly monitor pollution across the state during storms and other disaster events, such as chemical fires. Toby Baker, the executive director of the TCEQ, said the agency’s effort to add mobile air monitoring capacity was in motion before the EPA OIG report, but acknowledged that Hurricane Harvey was a turning point for environmental regulators. “We learned some lessons with Hurricane Harvey,” Baker said. Tuesday’s announcement was held in Houston’s Manchester neighborhood at Hartman Park, next to Valero’s Houston Refinery, where a storage tank notoriously collapsed during Hurricane Harvey — one of the unmonitored pollution events during the storm. The extent of the emissions released by chemical plants, refineries and other industrial operators along the Gulf Coast during and after Hurricane Harvey is unknown due to the lag in air monitoring, according to the EPA report.
Report: Six Texas oil refineries spewing cancer-causing pollutant above federal threshold
It found that 10 of them had reported benzene levels above the established threshold over a one-year period that ended in September. “EPA in 2015 imposed regulations to better monitor benzene and protect people living near refineries, often in working-class neighborhoods. Some stressed that the fence line monitoring data isn't necessarily indicative of public health risks and described the report as misleading. Kansas-based Flint Hills Resources said that the fence-line monitoring data it reported to the EPA isn't necessarily indicative of benzene levels in communities near its facility. In a one-sentence statement, Valero pointed out that its current benzene monitoring averages are below the threshold.
Mom shocked after dad shaves baby's head while she's sleeping
The one time I ask him to watch her so I can sleep in and... pic.twitter.com/6Gn5cHp2Yn Jazz (@jasmin_valero) July 27, 2019VISALIA, Calif. -- A California mom left her baby daughter in the care of the child's father so she could get some much-needed sleep.Jasmin Aileen Valero didn't expect to wake up to find her daughter's head had been shaved.Footage of Valero's shocked reaction to finding out baby Jazlyn was now bald went viral on Twitter . The video shows her gasping in disbelief while Jazlyn's dad, Joshua Luevanoz, chuckles away.Valero captioned her tweet, "The one time I ask him to watch her so I can sleep in." She later said, "In many Mexican families it is tradition to cut babies' hair at a young age so their hair can grow thicker and nicer. "Valero said she and Jazlyn's father agreed they weren't going to do that ... until the day she was woken up with that surprise.On the bright side, Jazlyn seems unfazed by the haircut. "Always such a happy baby," Valero said.abc13.com
Masked men shoot and kill store clerk in gas station robbery: Police
Surveillance photos from inside the convenience store show the two suspects. HPD says a 3rd suspect is seen on camera at the Valero where a clerk was shot and killed. Police say the suspects opened fire on the clerk within minutes of walking into the store. They believe the men didn't steal anything.Officers say Qadous, a 29-year-old Palestinian man, was a recent immigrant to the United States. These guys need to be caught," Lt. Meeler with HPD Homicide said.Many of Qadous' friends showed up at the gas station after the shooting in disbelief.abc13.com
Gas station owner opens fire after would-be robbers plow truck into store
HOUSTON - Multiple people have been detained after a failed smash-and-grab at a southeast Houston gas station. Police said the driver inside a stolen white truck backed the vehicle through the front of the convenience store in an attempt to steal the ATM. VIDEO: Surveillance video show moment robbers plow truck into Valero storeWhen the ATM did not move as much as he wanted, the driver reversed into the store again, police said. There were customers inside the store at the time of the incident. There were a couple customers inside," Wilkins said.
3 shot at NE Houston gas station, police say
HOUSTON - Three people were shot Sunday at a gas station in northeast Houston, according to police. It's not clear what led up to the shooting around noon at the Valero in the 7800 block of Little York Road. One victim was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. The other two victims sustained minor injuries, police said. Copyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
Man shot in head while group of people record video outside Valero gas station
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A video shoot turned into a shooting in northeast Houston.It happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday outside the Valero gas station on Wayside near the North Loop.Police said a group of people were recording some sort of video when they got into an argument with another group of people.Someone pulled out a gun and shot a man in the head. He's in critical condition.Police have not made any arrests.Investigators are trying to find out if the gas station may have captured it on its surveillance video.abc13.com
Suspects on the loose after placing skimmers at Tomball gas station
TOMBALL, Texas (KTRK) -- Police need your help in finding two men seen placing multiple skimmers at a gas station in Tomball.The men were seen driving the black truck pictured below.Police say they targeted the Valero on Tomball Parkway.If you have any information or know who the truck belongs to, you're asked to contact the Tomball Police Department.abc13.com
Pump Patrol: Save 13 cents a gallon
HOUSTON – The average cost of a gallon of gas in Houston is $3.19. But some stations around town sold regular gas for 13 cents less. The following three stations sold gas for less on Friday, according to www.GasBuddy.com. Valero, Highway 6 near Sienna Ranch Drive in Missouri City: $3.06Chevron, Howard Drive near Interstate 45: $3.07Sam's Club, Katy Freeway near Plaza Drive: $3.11More Information: