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The Arkema chemical facility in Crosby, Texas. Google Maps image.

As Arkema Plant Burns, Six Things We Know About Petrochemical Risks in the Wake of Harvey

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

As Harvey continues to wreak havoc in the Southeast, one issue is starting to emerge as a growing threat to public health and safety: Houston’s vast oil, gas, and chemical production landscape. We’ve already seen accidental releases of chemicals at facilities owned by ExxonMobil, Chevron, and others. Now we are seeing explosions at Arkema’s Crosby facility 20 miles northeast of Houston, due to power failures and flooding. And there remains a threat of additional explosions. Read more >

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The White House has proposed a rule asking companies that do business with the government about their climate change related disclosures. The rule is a good step toward greater transparency around companies' responses to climate change. Photo: FEMA/Patsy Lynch

Should Climate Change Disclosure Be Required for Companies? Government Suppliers Are About to Find Out.

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Lest we forget, climate change poses serious risks for businesses. It makes sense that the White House is increasingly interested in how well government suppliers are prepared for the impacts. Read more >

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Are Oil Companies Ready for the Next Katrina?

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Ten years ago this week, a hurricane was gaining strength in the North Atlantic.  Meteorologists worked around the clock to understand and predict its future path and strength. That path and strength, it turns out, would make the record books. Read more >

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Chevron, Exxon, Phillips 66 React to UCS’ Stormy Seas, Rising Risks Report

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Last month, my colleague Christina Carlson and I released our report, Stormy Seas, Rising Risks: What Investors Should Know About Climate Change Impacts at Oil Refineries. The report analyzed the risk that five companies—Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66, and Valero—face from sea level rise and storm surge, and compared that to what risk companies did and did not disclose to their investors. Read more >

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