“When the world came to Texas in 2011, the first things they saw were piles of oil on the ground.”
It wasn’t just the smell of the oily mud.
It was the smell from a ruptured well.
“It was the beginning of the end for that region,” said Dan Tannenbaum, the author of “The Collapse of Texas.”
It was “a watershed moment” in the oil industry.
But in 2014, the spill came in handy.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COG) began a massive cleanup effort.
It dumped the oil in rivers, marshes, marsheds, and beaches, and pumped it out into the Gulf of Mexico.
That meant the oil that had once flowed into Texas and Louisiana was now on the coast of Mexico, where it would be dumped, hauled in and shipped back to the U.N. oil-for-food program.
The COG said it would take years to clean up all the oil, but it would make a difference.
For the first time, oil refineries were operating again.
It meant oil prices would drop.
It would mean that there would be more money to spend on clean-up.
It could also mean more money for businesses in the state.
“This will be a great opportunity for businesses and families,” Gov.
Greg Abbott said at the time.
But for those who knew it would never be the same again, the cleanup came with some big questions.
Would it help the region recover?
Would it be good for people who were still living there?
The Cog said that while the cleanup would take time, it would help Texas by helping it recover and create jobs.
“We can’t be complacent and say, ‘Well, it’s going to be good when it’s over, but we can’t tell people it’s not going to do anything,'” said Rick Taggart, the former president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, in a 2016 interview with The American Prospect.
“That would be a mistake.
We have a very, very large amount of oil in Texas.”
In the years since, the region has been recovering, with an unemployment rate of about 6 percent and oil production at a record high.
“There’s a lot of energy right now in Texas, which is good for the economy,” said Taggard.
But it has also meant a lot more pollution.
“The biggest concern in the world is about oil and gas production,” said Bob Ritchie, who teaches environmental policy at the University of Texas at Austin.
“You have to have a level of cleanliness that will make people happy, and that will be good news for the environment.”
And it also means that Texas is going to get more oil.
By 2025, the U,S.
has more than twice as much oil as Canada, and it has the largest reserves in the U., according to the American Petroleum Institute (API).
That means more oil means more pollution, and more pollution means more waste.
As of 2020, about 1,200 oil and natural gas wells were active in Texas.
As recently as the early 2020s, it was the world leader in oil and oil-related wastewater spills, with 1,000 reported in Texas alone.
And while the Cog’s cleanup efforts have been good for business, they have also caused some major problems.
Taggarts family has lived in the Houston area for 30 years.
For many years, he and his wife have lived in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, but now they have a three-bedroom house, with a garage, pool, and a large backyard.
The house has become a dumping ground for oil, and Taggerts son, Matt, was born in the house.
When Taggarises son was born, his parents were worried about whether he would survive the oil spill.
“If I had been in his shoes, he would have been crying,” Taggett said.
“He would have had a heart attack.”
But for Matt, the water is good.
“I think there is so much better water there than the water in our neighborhood,” he said.
Matt is now an oil and petroleum engineering student.
Tipperts youngest son, Aaron, has a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
His mom, Pam, is a registered nurse and a former assistant county nurse.
She is also a nurse and former chief health officer of Houston’s hospital system.
They were so proud of their family.
“Our family has been through a lot,” Pam said.
And, as Pam told The American Press, “This is what we did to make our home.”
For the Taggetts, it is a good story, but also a cautionary tale.
For years, the Tannens have been living in an oil-rich area in Houston.
But they were always concerned about what would happen if oil production dropped.
And they knew