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When the grid went dark, Texans faced 3.5M pounds of excess air pollution

1 month ago   |   By Grist

After a winter storm tore through Houston last week, the neighborhood of Manchester, like many others across the state, was left in the dark. For days after the storm, the community had no power, and nothing to light up the streets at night - save for a faint glow coming from the nearby Valero oil refinery. Through the night, the refinery's flare towers lit up the neighborhood like enormous, flickering candles - and emitted thousands of pounds of pollutants.
Throughout Texas, as the storm approached and in its aftermath, refineries scrambled to burn excess natural gas in order to prevent...
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