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SEJ's 25th Annual Conference, Norman, OK, Oct. 7-11, 2015

The 25th Annual Conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists, hosted and sponsored by the University of Oklahoma, will take you to renowned centers of research and operations in severe weather, oil exploration, climate and water conservation. You’ll enjoy a state with nearly a dozen ecoregions, from rolling hills to vast plains, from prairies to forested valleys. Get a sneak peek now!

Firm Seeks To Silence Fracking Pollution Concerns with Defamation Suit

The video of Steve Lipsky setting his drinking water on fire nearly went viral on You Tube. The fracking company he thinks caused the problem is suing him for defamation. Now that case is headed for the Texas Supreme Court. Oral arguments are scheduled for December 4.

"Protesters Urge Hasty Cleanup at Abandoned Chemical Plant"

"Residents from a modest southeast Houston neighborhood pointed Sunday toward a lagoon of algae-covered water with a pungent chemical smell that filled the parking lot of an abandoned cleaning facility for chemical trucks. Only some weeds and a cyclone fence separate the facility from homes and a charter school."

Source: Houston Chronicle, 08/12/2014

"EPA Showdown: Who in Texas Wants Tighter Refinery Regulation?"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will set up its microphones for an all day hearing Tuesday in Galena Park, a community on Houston’s east side in the heart of the enormous Houston Ship Channel refinery complex. It’s the second of two such hearings with the first held last month in a similar community in Los Angeles."

Source: StateImpact Texas, 08/05/2014

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