Building True Partnerships Between Community and Industry

Topics and Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

  • June 3, 2019 -- Topic TBA
  • The typical DPCAC meeting agenda includes updates from plants on environmental and safety performance and business information. The main topic may be a presentation, an annual report, or a tour. Time is always allotted for Q&A and discussion. Plans for the next few meetings are reviewed and confirmed. Contact us at if you would like an invitation to attend.

Question of the Month: What does organic mean in our industry vs. others?

  • Oil & Gas and Downstream: Organic Compounds contain elemental Carbon – number 6 element on the Periodic Table of Elements.
  • There are 100+ organic compounds produced in the United States in quantities ranging from millions of pounds to billions of pounds per year.
  • The result is plastics, synthetic fibers, elastomers, drugs, surface coatings, solvents, detergents, insecticides, herbicides, explosives, oil additives, gasoline additives, and countless specialty chemicals.
  • Less than 10 percent of the oil and gas we consume each year goes into making organic chemicals and the many billions of pounds of products derived from them. Oil and gas are mainly burned as fuel.
  • In the Food Industry: Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.
  • A USDA Organic label does not mean no pesticide use. Pesticides derived from natural sources (like biological pesticides) may be used in producing organic food.
  • Click here to read previous questions and answers related to Deer Park industry.

Additional Topics

Current and Prior Year Meeting Summaries
Of Special Interest over the Years
  • March 28, 2016 -- Plant Community Relations Programs.  Summary.
  • August 22, 2016 -- Industrial Hygiene:  Protecting Workers from Workplace Hazards. Summary. Slides.
  • October 26, 2015 -- Deepwells.  Summary. Slides.
  • February 2013 -- How TCEQ Uses Emissions and Air Monitoring Data to Protect Public Health. Slides. Causes of Death in Deer Park Compared to Texas As a Whole. Slide. Summary.
  • June 2012 -- Water Planning in Our Region Summary. Slides.
  • November 2011 -- TCEQ Flaring Study Findings Summary. Slides.
  • April 2010 -- Ship's Pilot's Photographic Tour of Houston Ship Channel
  • August 2009 -- Indoor Air Quality
  • October 2007 -- Understanding the Links between Exposure, Dose, and Health Effects
How We Select Meeting Topics

Every year or so, DPCAC develops a Program Plan to assure it is addressing issues of greatest interest to community members.  Community members, plant members, and guests brainstorm topics they believe DPCAC should address.  Using sticky dots, they choose those they most want to cover in the coming year.  By using different colors for community and plant members, the CAC can schedule the topics of most community interest. The Program Plan is flexible and may be changed by group agreement.

Contact Us if there are issues you would like DPCAC to address or if you would like details and an invitation to a DPCAC meeting.