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Cleaning tank industry could be forced to obey pollution law

Tank cleaning facility located at Market Street.
Tank cleaning facility located at Market Street.

CHANNELVIEW, TX – Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed a lawsuit against a Channelview industrial tank and container cleaning business demanding that the business stop the pollution and noxious odors that flow from the facility.

Ryan contends that these emissions and waste materials are causing neighbors to complain of nausea, headaches and burning eyes.

The defendant, Texas Industrial Box Maintenance, located at 15531 Market Street, cleans tanks and containers used in the transportation and storage of chemicals and regulated waste.

Nearby residents have complained about the smells coming from the tank cleaning operation, leading the Harris County Pollution Control Department to cite the company on seven separate occasions for violating Texas environmental and safety laws.

“The tank and container cleaning business is an essential part of our region’s oil and petrochemical industry. It is also a dangerous business,” County Attorney Ryan said. “Our Office will continue to work to make sure that these companies are following the laws that protect our residents.”

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CORRECTION: Galena Park ISD Graduation Ceremonies

Galena Park ISD 2014 Commencement Ceremonies will take place at the Reliant Stadium and NOT at the M.O. Campbell Center as it was published in our June 4, 2014 issue. Hours are as follows:

North Shore High School, Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Galena Park High School, Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

The North Channel Star apologizes to our readers, school district and students for this inconvenience.

Robbery at GameStop in North Shore leaves one dead, one arrested

DEPUTIES ARREST the second suspect in front of the GameStop store on Wallisville, the site of a robbery and shooting. (Photo by Juan DeLeon)
DEPUTIES ARREST the second suspect in front of the GameStop store on Wallisville, the site of a robbery and shooting. (Photo by Juan DeLeon)

HOUSTON (May 29) – One man was shot and killed, another arrested after gunfire was exchanged in the parking lot of a shopping center in Northeast Harris County.

According to HCSO reports, a 28-year-old Marine veteran was eating at a sandwich shop next door to the GameStop along Wallisville Road near the East Sam Houston Tollway last Thursday around 12:30 p.m. when he saw two men get out of their car and put on bandanas on their faces.

The Marine Veteran, whose name was not released, saw the two men enter the store, deputies said. Then, the veteran went to his truck to get his gun. He waited outside for the robbers. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the veteran who fearing for his life exchanged gunfire with the robber. The robber attempted to drive away on his vehicle but he was struck and killed as he was sitting inside the car; the second suspect ran when the shooting started.

The second suspect was caught moments later close to a fast food restaurant.

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Rotary hears about hurricane preparation

BILL WHEELER OF THE HARRIS COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT spoke to the North Shore Rotary on preparation of various emergencies, including Hurricanes.
BILL WHEELER OF THE HARRIS COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT spoke to the North Shore Rotary on preparation of various emergencies, including Hurricanes.

NORTH SHORE – Bill Wheeler, assistant director of the county Emergency Management office, spoke to Rotary about the 20 types of emergencies his office deals with in a year. OEM has about 20 employees, he said, and they are responsible for safety in 34 cities, 1200 MUD and PUD districts, 54 fire departments, and ultimately the lives of over 4 million people in Harris County.

The most recent disaster in the North Shore area was the tropical storm Allison, in June 2001 when 14 inches of rain fell in 3 hours in the Greens Bayou watershed. The resultant floods killed 23 people, and damaged 34,000 homes.

Other notable disasters included the hurricanes of 1900 in Galveston, 1983 Alicia in Houston, 2005 Katrina and Rita, and 2008 Ike.

His message to survive these disasters was simple:

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Kinder-Morgan Splitter Tower traverses streets of Galena Park

KINDER-MORGAN’s T-102 SPLITTER made the trip down Clinton Drive last Monday, from the old Brown & Root dock on the ship channel, out on the roadway, and finally into the driveway of their new plant on the east side of Galena Park. The Tower is 20 feet in diameter, and when transported it is over 25 feet high and 200 feet long. Help was needed from the Galena Park police department for traffic control, and Centerpoint Energy to raise wires and traffic lights to make clearance for the height of the tower. Plant Manager Derrick Bockius reported that the move went as planned, and no major problems were encountered, due to advance planning and some modifications to the original plans. (K-M Photos).
KINDER-MORGAN’s T-102 SPLITTER made the trip down Clinton Drive last Monday, from the old Brown & Root dock on the ship channel, out on the roadway, and finally into the driveway of their new plant on the east side of Galena Park. The Tower is 20 feet in diameter, and when transported it is over 25 feet high and 200 feet long. Help was needed from the Galena Park police department for traffic control, and Centerpoint Energy to raise wires and traffic lights to make clearance for the height of the tower. Plant Manager Derrick Bockius reported that the move went as planned, and no major problems were encountered, due to advance planning and some modifications to the original plans. (K-M Photos)

GALENA PARK – Kinder Morgan has moved the largest piece of their new plant, a Condensate Processing Facility, onto the site from the fabricator’s plant a few miles west on Clinton Drive.

The original plans had called for a totally overland route to transport the tower, using Clinton Drive, Market Street, McCarty, and back to Clinton. However, obstructions and scheduling made the planners revise the route, using a barge on the ship channel for part of the trip, and the final leg from a dock down Clinton Drive, through the heart of Galena Park, and eastward to the plant site.

Plant Manager Derrick Bockius reports the plant will be in operation by October.

AERIAL VIEW on the new plant site shows the T-102 Splitter Tower negotiating a turn in the driveway, after it safely left Clinton Drive, out of view on the left. Galena Pakr is in the distance, looking west.
AERIAL VIEW on the new plant site shows the T-102 Splitter Tower negotiating a turn in the driveway, after it safely left Clinton Drive, out of view on the left. Galena Pakr is in the distance, looking west.

He said that the new “Splitter” would cost $370 million to build, and generate hundreds of temporary construction jobs and 23 full time positions. This is in addition to the 400+ employees that now work for Kinder-Morgan in the Galena Park area. Given industry standards, the community can expect another 150 jobs to be created in support of this plant by other businesses.

Tax revenue paid by Kinder-Morgan for this plant will have an enormous impact on local government. Bockius said that they estimate property tax revenue to the City of Galena Park at $1.4 million annually, and $2 million to the school district. Another $900,000 would be paid to Harris County.

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VOLUNTEERS REVITALIZE LOCAL PARK ALONG GREENS BAYOU

Volunteers planting shrubs and flowers at Thomas Bell Forest Park, on Greens Bayou near Normandy Road.
Volunteers planting shrubs and flowers at Thomas Bell Forest Park, on Greens Bayou near Normandy Road.

Employees and friends give back on 15th Annual LyondellBasell Global Care Day

CHANNELVIEW, Texas May 19, 2014 – LyondellBasell Channelview Complex employees and their families planted more than 2400 shrubs and trees at Thomas Bell Foster Park as part of the company’s Global Care Day. The event encourages LyondellBasell employees around the world to collectively participate in community service projects on the same day.

“As a dedicated organization that cares about the community and committed to being involved and making a difference,” said LyondellBasell Senior Engineer Susie Geraci. “This project will leave a lasting impression for everyone that visits the park.”

For the company’s 15th annual Global Care Day, volunteers in 20 countries on six continents demonstrated their commitment to their neighborhoods on Saturday, May 17.

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51st Annual Livestock Show & Sale: Channelview FFA Livestock Show grows in size and scope

Grand champion Steer shown by Colton Taylor

The Channelview FFA held its 51st annual Livestock Show at the Allen Hall Fairgrounds in Channelview on April 2nd through 5th. The community event highlights projects from the members of the Future Farmers of America and the 4-H Club. Students compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships through the show and auction of livestock projects.

The FFA has been a part of the Channelview ISD educational landscape since the mid 1960s. Over the last 50 years, the FFA’s livestock show has grown in both size and scope.

“In the early days, everything happened under one large event tent,” said Allen Hall, retired Channelview agricultural sciences teacher, director of vocational education, and director of transportation (1965-1998). “The first one I helped with was 30 ft by 60 ft, and was set up behind the old high school.”

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NORTH SHORE ROTARY: Winning Raffle Ticket goes to Shari Bigelow of North Shore

winning raffle ticket

DECISIONS, DECISIONS. Shari Bigelow, second from left, had the winning ticket last Saturday at the North Shore Rotary Fish Fry and Raffle, and had her choice of a new Toyota Avalon auto or Toyota Tundra pick-up truck, and was leaning toward the truck. The vehicles were provided by Community Toyota of Baytown. With the winner is Rotarian Jim Mills of Pineforest Jewelry, at center her husband Randall Rojas, and at right North Shore Rotary Fish Fry chairwoman Allatia Harris. Hundreds attended the annual Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil at the North Shore Rotary pavilion on Wallisville.

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NORTH SHORE ROTARY ANNUAL EVENT: Fish Fry draws big crowd, big dollars

Rotary Event Chair Allatia Harris, and past president Derrill Painter, pull the winning Raffle ticket at the end of the afternoon, after much anticipation and drama. The Winner was Shai Bigelow and husband Randall Rojas. They have their choice of a new Toyota pick-up or Sedan from Community Toyota.
Rotary Event Chair Allatia Harris, and past president Derrill Painter, pull the winning Raffle ticket at the end of the afternoon, after much anticipation and drama. The Winner was Shai Bigelow and husband Randall Rojas. They have their choice of a new Toyota pick-up or Sedan from Community Toyota.

NORTH SHORE – A large crowd gathered at the Rotary North Shore pavilion on Wallisville last Saturday, for the 39th Annual Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil.

Chairwoman Allatia Harris declared it a big success, with over $300,000 raised for the club’s community events for the coming year.

Live and silent auctions had hundreds of big ticket items, eagerly bid on by the audience. About 1500 raffle tickets at $100 each were sold, with 20 valuable prizes awarded, including a new vehicle. And over a thousand catfish and crawfish dinners were served, as the afternoon progressed.

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San Jacinto Pilot Club presents scholarships to local students

San Jacinto Pilot club members Joan Van Fleet, Winn Richbourg and Darlienne Hamilton-Powell join scholarship recipients.
San Jacinto Pilot club members Joan Van Fleet, Winn Richbourg and Darlienne Hamilton-Powell join scholarship recipients.

San Jacinto Pilot Club is proud to announce the winners of this year’s scholarships.

Recipients were honored at a banquet held at Woodforest Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Julie Fallin, President, welcomed the winners and their families, while Rev. Cassandra Dahnke offered the opening prayer. The club is proud to be able to give out $14,000 in scholarships this year. The following are the scholarship recipients:

Galena Park High School
Selena Garza
Arianna Ibarra
Cristian Garcia
Leslie Gallegos

C. E. King High School
Jassury Ceballos
Veronica Gomez
Jahzeel Galvan

Channelview High School
Adriana Galindo

North Shore Senior High School
Joshua T. Matthews
Lela S. Culpepper

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