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TCEQ calls proposed EPA air quality standards ‘shortsighted’


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.

EIA: Texas & North Dakota now provide nearly half of U.S. crude oil production

Provided by U.S. Energy Information Administration

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.