Texas agency declines to say if it has oil spills records


EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The agency charged with protecting the Texas environment has declined to say whether it has any record of oil slicks and inundated fracking sites photographed during flooding on several rivers in 2015 and 2016.

The El Paso Times reported Saturday that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality referred questions about flood photos, taken by the Civil Air Patrol, to the Texas Railroad Commission.

Andrea Morrow with the TCEQ says the agency handles response to spills, while the Texas Railroad Commission makes sure of the cleanup.

A Texas Railroad Commission official has said it's a violation of rules any time oil and chemicals spill into the environment.

The newspaper began reporting on the photos in May before the images were removed from a University of Texas website amid privacy concerns.