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TransCanada asks U.S. State Department to pause review of permit application for Keystone XL

TransCanada Corporation announced on Monday, Nov. 2, that it has sent a letter to Secretary John Kerry of the U.S. State Department asking the Department to pause its review of the Presidential Permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer, said he believes there is sound precedent for making the request.

U.S. House votes to end crude oil export ban

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill by a vote of 261 to 159 Friday, Oct. 9, to repeal the nearly 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. The bill, H.R. 702, was sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who represents the 6th district of Texas, which includes Ellis, Navarro, and Tarrant counties.

Texas Comptroller visits Beaumont to report on the financial health of Southeast Texas

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, who serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator, visited the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Monday, Sept. 28. The Comptroller’s visit was part of the Good For Texas Tour, a 27-city, two-month series of town hall-style gatherings, where Hegar meets with local officials and citizens to talk about the future of the Texas economy.

Orange County overpass to allow more efficient freight transport into port petroleum terminal

Construction of an overpass on the Orange County side of the Port of Beaumont will soon begin and will improve traffic flow in and out of the Jefferson Energy Terminal. The overpass will measure 4 feet wide and 1,800 feet long with one lane in each direction, according to Sarah Dupre, public information officer for Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). It will allow traffic to pass over the main rail lines at the port’s Orange County petroleum terminal.

Phillips 66 expanding Beaumont Terminal

Phillips 66 is expanding its Beaumont Terminal, a large crude oil and refined products storage facility located in Nederland. Phillips 66 acquired the facility from Chevron in August 2014. The Beaumont Terminal is strategically located on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and provides deep-water access and multiple interconnections with major crude oil and refined product pipelines serving 3.6 million barrels per day of refining capacity.

LSC-O's new maritime tech program sets sail

As many in the current maritime workforce prepare for retirement, Lamar State College-Orange (LSC-O) wants to be proactive in training their replacements. The two-year college announced the creation of a new Maritime Program at a press conference at the Downtown Orange Pavilion on Thursday, Sept. 24, with World Maritime Day as a backdrop.

Lamar University breaks ground on Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Lamar University broke ground Tuesday, Sept. 15, on a new 21,000-square-foot innovation center on the south end of the LU campus next to its new administration building on the corner of Rolfe Christopher Drive and Jim Gilligan Way.

The ground-breaking program, attended by a crowd of business community, regional and university leaders, heard from LU President Kenneth Evans, College of Business Dean Henry Venta, College of Engineering Dean Srinivas Palanki, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce president Regina Lindsey, and CICE Director Paul Latiolais.

Sky's the limit for Port Neches-Groves grad, BASF intern

Sometimes the stars just seem to align and everything falls into place. At least they did for 20-year-old Port Neches-Groves High School graduate Katelyn McCoy. McCoy, who is double majoring in chemical engineering and math at Lamar University, is working on her second paid internship with BASF in operations at the company’s Port Arthur plant.

Victory Medical Center and The Medical Center of Southeast Texas complete asset purchase agreement

IASIS Healthcare LLC announced Monday, Sept. 21, that The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur has completed its previously announced acquisition of the assets of Victory Medical Center Beaumont through an asset purchase agreement (APA). The price of the transaction was not disclosed.

LU cuts ribbon on newly renovated Setzer Student Center

Hundreds of Lamar University students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and dignitaries from across the state and beyond gathered under clear skies Thursday, April 12, to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Setzer Student Center, the culmination of an 18-month project that took the facility from dated to state-of-the-art.

Described as the “students’ living room” on campus, the new facility boasts new meeting spaces, updated access and technology, dining and shopping options and many outdoor improvements.