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Bucking the Reign of Oil

Texas is, by and large, run by the petroleum and petrochemical industries. Spindletop ensured that the flow of money from the oil and gas lobbies to the Legislature, Republicans and Democrats alike, would never stop.

HE TANK FARM OWNED BY THE INTERCONTINENTAL TERMINALS Company in Deer Park burned for four days, producing a cloud of thick black smoke that rose a mile above greater Houston. The ITC site boasted a storage capacity of 13 million gallons, mostly byproducts of

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