The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is opposed to the EPA’s new proposal to strengthen air quality standards, the agency announced in a Nov. 26 press release. The TCEQ response came after the EPA announced a proposal earlier that day to introduce new standards that would “bring ozone pollution standards in line with the latest science” and within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb), while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. The proposal, part of the Clean Air Act, is aimed at reducing smog from power plants and factories across the country.
U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d), with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total. Texas production topped 3.0 million bbl/d for the first time since the late 1970s, more than doubling production in the past three years, and North Dakota production broke 1.0 million bbl/d for the first time in history, nearly tripling its production over the same period, according to data from the U.S.