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Kinder Morgan expanding GP terminal

KINDER MORGAN maintains these oil storage tanks in Galena Park, and others in Pasadena, and has announced a major expansion of capacity of tanks and ship docks.

KINDER MORGAN maintains these oil storage tanks in Galena Park, and others in Pasadena, and has announced a major expansion of capacity of tanks and ship docks.

HOUSTON – Oct. 14, 2014 – Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. announced last week an expansion project at its Pasadena and Galena Park terminals that will provide additional infrastructure to help meet growing demand for refined product storage and dock services along the Houston Ship Channel. The combined investment of approximately $240 million will include the construction of 2.1 million barrels of storage between the two terminals. Kinder Morgan will also construct a new ship dock capable of handling ocean going vessels and infrastructure improvements at its Galena Park Terminal that will significantly increase the vessel load rates across the existing ship docks. The project is backstopped by long-term contracts with existing customers.

The new ship dock and the existing Galena Park ship docks will be capable of loading vessels at rates up to 15,000 barrels per hour.

“The new tankage will provide refined product producers and traders the ability to send more barrels to the water for international exports or to the network of pipelines for domestic use,” said John Schlosser, president of Kinder Morgan Terminals. “Kinder Morgan will now have nine ship docks on the Houston Ship Channel and will double the load rates on existing docks. We see continuing strong demand for transporting fuel to the Gulf Coast to reach export markets.”

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Sheriff Garcia tells Rotary about Law Enforcement in Harris County

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA, center, spoke to the North Shore Rotary Club last Thursday at their regular luncheon. With the Sheriff are pictured club Program Chair Wayne Oquin, and Club President Allatia Harris.

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA, center, spoke to the North Shore Rotary Club last Thursday at their regular luncheon. With the Sheriff are pictured club Program Chair Wayne Oquin, and Club President Allatia Harris.

NORTH CHANNEL – Taking time from a busy schedule, Sheriff Adrian Garcia met with the North Shore Rotary, and gave a talk explaining the workings of his department.

He noted that the goals of his department were similar to the 4 Way Test noted on the banner in the room. Truth, Fairness, Goodwill and Friendships, and Beneficial to all concerned.

Garcia said his department is the third largest in the nation, and very diverse with about 100 languages spoken.

He noted that especially in the Ship Channel neighborhoods, his department is active in watching for terrorism, and his patrols carry radiation devices at they screen vessels. The Channel is susceptible to a terrorism event that would bring economic disaster to the region, costing as much as $300 million per day in losses.

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Attorney discusses toxicity in San Jacinto River

ATTORNEY FLETCHER COCKRELL

ATTORNEY FLETCHER COCKRELL

NORTH SHORE – As the debate continues on what should be done with the toxic waste pits in the San Jacinto River, residents on both shores of the river are looking for more information, and some relief to perceived health problems.

Attorney Fletcher Cockrell, of the firm Smith & Hassler, has been attending community meetings, and discussing the situation with residents who have these concerns. He has also been advertising in the local newspaper asking those with health concerns or questions about their property values to get in touch with him. At a recent meeting on October 1st held at the Highlands Community Center, with Jackie Young as speaker, Cockrell and two other attorneys were available to discuss these issues with the public who attended. About one hundred were present, indicating a strong concern about the environmental and legal issues involved.

Last week he talked at the Highlands Rotary Club luncheon, about the lawsuit that Harris County is now pursuing against the three companies that are responsible for dumping the waste materials from their paper-making operations. He also reviewed the history of the sites and the solutions that are being considered for remediation.

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CHANNELVIEW ISD events

District will host community-wide Veterans Day ceremony

The Channelview Independent School District will salute those who served in a community-wide Veterans Day ceremony at 6 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 5 at the Bill Neal Center.

Local veterans and all members of the public are welcome to attend the event. The Bill Neal Center is located at 828 Sheldon Road, next door to the Joyce Hendrix Educational Support Center.

The ceremonies will begin with a “Walk of Honor.” Veterans who wish to participate in the special opening event should arrive early. Cadets with the Channelview High School JROTC, the Alice Johnson Junior High LOTC and the Anthony Aguirre Junior High LOTC will lead the event.

For more information, contact Maj. Willie Haigler at 281452-1450, Sgt. Maj. Steve Dunbar at 281-860-3300 or Sgt. First Class Felicia Berguin at 281-452-8030.

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