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Posts published in July 2017

LyondellBasell to build world’s largest PO/TBA Plant in Channelview Complex

LyondellBasell has made the final investment decision to build the world’s largest PO/TBA plant at its Channelview Complex. The $2.4 billion project is the company’s single-largest capital investment to date and upon completion, will produce an anticipated 1 billion pounds of propylene oxide and 2.2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol annually.

HOUSTON and LONDON – July 21, 2017 -LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies, today announced the final investment decision to build the world’s largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in the Houston area. The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.4 billion, representing the single-largest capital investment in the company’s history. At the peak of construction, the project is expected to create up to 2,500 jobs and approximately 160 permanent positions when operational.

“This world-scale project is a key part of our organic growth strategy which is designed to meet rising global demand for both urethanes and cleaner-burning oxyfuels while creating real, long-term value for our shareholders,” said Bob Patel, CEO of LyondellBasell. “Our investment in this plant combines the best of both worlds: our leading PO/ TBA process technology with proximity to low-cost feedstocks, which gives LyondellBasell a competitive advantage in the global marketplace for these products.”

“We are pleased that LyondellBasell continues to view the Houston area as important to their global operations, creating jobs and opportunities for Houstonians,” said Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership.” This new project further advances Houston’s position as a global hub of petrochemical manufacturing, leveraging Houston’s strategic access to the Americas and top markets around the world.”

Rep. Hernandez Files Legislation to support teachers, retirees

AUSTIN, TX – July 20, 2017 – Governor Abbott added additional items to his special session call, including measures to “increase the salary and benefits (including TRS-Care) of Texas teachers.”

Answering this new item on the call, Representative Ana Hernandez (D Houston) has filed House Bill 246, which would provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) tied to the Consumer Price Index for all TRS retirees.

EKG heart screening takes main stage

Scott Stephens addresses North Shore Rotarians at Bill’s Barn in the Murff Estates in Crosby on July 20. Stephens added new information concerning House Bill 204 as rekindled by Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty.

CROSBY – Scott Stephens & Associates, real estates appraisers held an open house at their new office on Bohemian Hall Road near Krenek and afterwards treated members of the press and North Shore Rotarians to a fried chicken dinner at Bill’s Barn on Murff Estates.

Stephens recently moved his office to Crosby and now can be found at 15021 Bohemian Hall Road. After a complete tour of the new state of the art office, the dinner commenced and afterward speaking began concerning the upcoming Free Heart Screening to be held at the Crosby Community Center on August 12 sponsored by Post Oak Bank and the Cody Stephens Memorial Foundation. One thing learned was that participants can sign up for the screening at Donations are needed to carry on the work and will be accepted at the screening. Then on August 26 the Go Big or Go Home Foundation Fundraiser will be held at the David H. McNerney American Legion Hall Post 658 at 14890 FM 2100.

Jacinto City Police seek persons of interest in burglary

Jacinto City police is seeking information and the identity of persons of interest in connection with the burglary of the Fuel Express (Market and Deli) on Holland.

Police answering a burglary alarm discovered the store front glass had been broken open and merchandise was taken. Video security cameras did record the persons of interest.

Police Chief Ayala said anyone who recognizes either of the persons in the photo or who has any information should call him confidentially at 713-672-2455.

Jacinto City Police warn of pedophile in local market

Police in Jacinto City are searching for a man who has been approaching young girls and forcing them to look at pornography on his cell phone.

The most recent incident was at the Seller Bros. store on Market Street on Monday, July 24, when he approached a 9-year-old. Other reports said he did the same thing in stores last March.

JC Detective Sgt. Betty Silva said, “This guy’s dangerous,” and that they need to get this man behind bars. He is described as Hispanic, 5 foot 8 inches, black gelled hair, black mustache.

NORTH SHORE ROTARY: New officers, new goals


North Shore Rotary Club has installed its new officers and board for the 2017-2018 year, with District 5890 Governor Bill Palko conducting the swearing in.

At the club luncheon on July 13, new president Adam Lund talked about his journey to become president, and reviewed his goals for the coming year. Lund is a vice president at Capital Bank in charge of lending.

He reminded the club of the national motto for this year, “Rotary: Making A Difference.” He suggested that a goal for this year would be to plant trees in the community. He also wants to grow the membership from 75 to 100.


Keep Jacinto Clean Committee founder Allan Jamail in yellow shirt in 4 feet high weeds in a Jacinto City property. Jamail addressed City Council during a recent meeting about mosquito breeding places. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX. – Thursday, July 10, 2017 at the City Council meeting former Mayor and Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee founder Allan Jamail was on the agenda. He said, “I’m bringing citizens concerns about some dishonorable property owners. They’re taking advantage of the city’s law of issuing a 10 day warning letter, for public health violations of high grass before taking corrective actions.”

Jamail said, “Records prove 97 percent of the violations are on vacant lots and vacant rent houses from repeat conscienceless violators. Tall grass and weeds provide a breeding place for the deadly ZIKA virus type of mosquitoes which thrives in Harris County.”

There are six pregnant women in Harris County with the Zika virus, which deforms the baby’s brain.

“Where is the conscious of someone who has little regard for another’s life or health?” Jamail asks.

From the city’s first receipt of the initial complaint until corrective action is taken, it’s usually a month or more. This means 9 inch tall weeds can reach 4 feet in height before the mosquito laden weeds are cut. The problem is some of the repeat offenders know their property isn’t in compliance but will not do anything until they get the city’s warning letter which they know gives them a grace period.

Jamail suggested the current high grass law start being enforced by issuing a citation soon after the 10 days expires unless rain made it impossible to cut.

Galena Park starts rehab on Churchill Center

EVELYN CHURCHILL COMMUNITY CENTER in Galena Manor is now closed for remediation work.

GALENA PARK – Mayor Esmeralda Moya called the meeting to order and the council approved the minutes of the previous meeting of July 5, 2017.

The Accounts Payable for July 18, 2017 on the agenda narrowly passed on a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Chersky, Ponder and Mayor Moya voted to approve with Silva and Broussard voting no.

Commissioners unanimously approved the second reading of ordinance 2017-05 – an ordinance establishing city food consumption business city permits and related application, renewal process and penalties.


Commissioners unanimously approved the bid from AAR Incorporated in the amount of $13,330.00 for the Phase 1 Evelyn Churchill Community Center for the partial mold remediation project.

Approved unanimously the lease agreement between the city of Galena Park and Bevenco for 5 fusion in car system cameras for a 4-year term in the amount of $6,325.00 per year.

The quarterly investment report ending June 30, 2017 was unanimously approved.

Jewelry store gives away Diamond & slot machine

During the past few weeks Pineforest Jewelry on Uvalde Road held their ‘VIP Event’ offering customers the chance to win a 1 carat diamond or a casino quality slot machine.

On Friday July 14th, Diamond Jim and Linda Mills, owners of Pineforest Jewelry, presented two lucky customers with their prizes.

Congratulations to Marian W. for winning the 1 Carat Diamond and Pedro D. for winning the Slot Machine!

Diamond Jim said “I want to assure our customers that similar events are already being planned for the future”. He further stated “Who knows, maybe next time we might even give away a brand new car”!