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White House announces new methane emissions regulations on oil and gas industry

White House officials on Wednes­day, Jan. 14, unveiled plans to impose new regulations on the oil and gas in­dustry’s emissions of methane, building on its “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions” released in March 2014.

Oil drop could pose problems for LNG

According to a news release from Fitch Ratings, the recent “oil drop” may slow U.S. LNG and weaken the eco­nomics of natural gas.

“The recent nearly 50 percent drop in oil prices may slow the momentum be­hind the development of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities,” according to Fitch Ratings. “Oil price declines have weakened global LNG prices and could increase Henry Hub gas pricing, weakening current U.S. LNG project economics.

Entergy vegetation management program underway in Beaumont

Contract workers began the New Year with an expansive project to clear tree limbs, branches, twigs, and other brush from 23-miles of power line serving 1,152 customers in Beaumont, as part of Entergy Texas Inc.’s vegetation management program.

“Asplundh Tree Expert began the 2015 trim plan with a circuit out of the Elizabeth Substation,” said Richard Buckner, Entergy Texas Inc. (ETI) vegetation operations coordinator (OC) for Beaumont and Winnie. “Weather permitting this circuit will be completed within 2 months.” 

Economic Forecast Breakfast: Speakers discuss Texas economy, oil prices, windstorm coverage

Jim Rich welcomes guests.

The Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation hosted its annual Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Jan 6, at Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza.

The meeting provided a look back on the previous year’s economic development successes and what Texans can anticipate in 2015 and featured renowned economist and president of The Perryman Group Dr. Ray Perryman and District 32 Texas State Representative and Chairman of Texas House Committee on Calendars Todd Hunter.

Southeast Texas native to share juicy life experiences from Orange to Shanghai in one-woman show

San Francisco theatrical producer Kate Robards will be performing a one-woman tale of her juicy journey from her hometown of Orange, Texas, to Shanghai, China in the cleverly named production Mandarin Orange on Friday, Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan 10, at Orange Community Players, 708 W. Division St. in Orange.

Tickets can be purchased at and are $10 each.

STI Group donates $57K to Southeast Texas Food Bank

The STI Group chose the Southeast Texas Food Bank as the beneficiary of its 10th annual Richard Purkey Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament in October, which generated $57,000 for the food bank’s op­erations. Celebrated at a check presentation Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont, this dona­tion is sufficient to help the food bank distribute approxi­mately 170,000 meals in Jeffer­son, Orange, Hardin, Newton, Jasper, Polk, Sabine and Tyler counties, according to South­east Texas Food Bank Execu­tive Director Dan Maher.

New Southeast Texas oil boom

Deep in the heart of Southeast Texas is a 40-acre olive orchard owned and operated in Devers. Southeast Texas Olive, LLC is locally grown and produced by Randy and Ann Brazil with busi­ness partners Rhonda, Steve and Culley Devillier. What started out as the spontaneous idea of Gino Venitucci, an Italian petroleum engineer, has become a new Texas export. Although not native to the area, olives flourish in the warm gulf climate and after several years of research, Venitucci’s dream has become a reality.

Rice milling hands-on operation at Douget's

For more than 30 years, Doguet’s Rice Milling Company has been milling rice and bringing it to the tables of Southeast Texans. Assistant Manager Greg Devillier, a part-owner and son of company President Debbie (Doguet) Robbins, says the company is gaining momentum, particularly in the organic rice industry, and will soon be expanding, adding a new packaging warehouse and upgrading equipment in order to process higher volumes and increase sales for the company, which is currently running close to capacity.

ExxonMobil invests in the community through United Way

Through various fundraising events and a traditional campaign, the employees of ExxonMobil raised more than $940,000 for the United Way Beaumont and North Jefferson County, and a corporate contribution of $500,000 brought the total donation to $1.4 million in 2014.

Valero avoids annexation by Port Arthur

After much debate and negotiating, the Port Arthur Valero refining plant will avoid annexation into the city of Port Arthur but will continue to pay millions of dollars to the city annually as part of an “in lieu of tax” agreement. Once supported by the Port Arthur City Council and Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince, annexation of the property where Valero now sits was underway in December 2014. The city called a halt to that process shortly before the new year.