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Reindeer Park set for this weekend

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Community

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It’s almost time for Deer Park’s Christmas Celebration. Reindeer Park returns Dec. 1-2 and despite what weather forcasters predict, there will be 100 percent chance of snow at the city’s annual winter festival. Most activities are free with some requiring a small fee.

DPCAC hears about chemical levels, next meeting tonight

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Community

Using two common chemicals whose emissions the group tracks annually, Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) members invited speakers to explain the characteristics of benzene and 1,3-butadiene, how a company manages them, and how the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) assesses risk and sets concentration limits to prevent harm to human health and the environment. In a dramatic example of how exposure limits have become stricter over time, members learned that benzene, which is subject to low exposure limits now, was used in the 1900s as an after shave because of its sweet smell.

Joseph “Kip” Haney of TCEQ’s Toxicology Division provided an overview of how the agency reviews air data, assesses risk, sets permit levels, communicates risk, and publicizes data for policymakers. The complexity of the state environmental agency’s processes helped members understand their efforts to be cautious when determining exposure limits and using them to evaluate plant permits.

Benzene and 1,3-butadiene are typical refinery products, and an input to many chemical processes, so DPCAC members asked Shell Deer Park to speak. Environmental Manager Kathy Daniels explained the chemicals’ properties, uses, and hazards and how a plant manages them. Angie Espinoza spoke about the corporation’s Product Stewardship program, which looks at a chemical’s health, safety, environmental, and security aspects throughout its entire life cycle from research to waste disposal. Product Stewards also monitor chemical safety practices of suppliers, transporters, customers, and others involved in the supply chain that surrounds the manufacture of chemicals.

Asked how the public may obtain more information about these chemicals, speakers suggested specific TCEQ Toxicology publications, Shell’s Product Stewardship Summaries, Safety Data Sheets, and the DOT Emergency Response Planning Guide. Links to these resources are listed on the DPCAC website.

DPCAC meets again on November 27 for its Annual Air Quality Report, which will also cover changes in ozone standards over time. Visitors are welcome. For an invitation and details about the 6:00 p.m. meeting, contact the DPCAC facilitator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit www.deerparkcac.org to read about recent meeting topics, find links to useful resources on emergency communications and the environment, see lists of DPCAC community and plant members, and read our mission and purposes.

City celebrates 125th annivesary in grand style

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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Deer Park celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding in grand style Saturday night. Families from across the community descended upon the South Campus for the rock stylings of 7 Mile Perimeter and headliner and rising country music star RaeLynn. US Rep Brian Babin also presented the city with a special proclamation.

Business Beat: November 2017

Written by Debbie Westbeld. Posted in Community

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Business Beat is a monthly column recognizing Deer Park’s newest businesses and giving you other interesting business news from around town. Debbie Westbeld is the Economic Development Administrator for the City of Deer Park, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 281-478-2042. Visit www.deerparktx.gov/ed for more business information.

DP basketball, Education Foundation set for major tournament

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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One of the nation’s biggest and well-known high school basketball tournaments tips off next month across 10 gyms in Deer Park and Pasadena. The McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament lures some of the state’s top basketball teams and talents to the area for the three-day tournament. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1.

DP 125th celebration just days away

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Community

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The city of Deer Park is  just days away from the 125th Celebration Concert! In honor of Deer Park's 125th anniversary, all residents are invited to a free concert and community event on Saturday, November 4th from 4-9PM, featuring headliner RaeLynn, Shell’s 7 Mile Perimeter band, food trucks, history and more!