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Deer Park Community Advisory Council

Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) builds a true partnership between Houston Ship Channel  industry and community in Deer Park, Texas  At meetings held 9-10 times a year, we provide a forum for candid conversation about industry-related issues of community interest or concern.

Open, honest dialogue makes plant members aware of what the community expects of them.  It helps community members understand what plants do and how they work.

The primary issues we address are environment, safety, health, security, emergency response and communications, and hazardous materials transportation.  We also discuss other quality of life issues like the economy and education.

DPCAC currently has 27 community members plus several Deer Park High School student members. They include individuals who live, work or attend school in Deer Park, and representatives of organizations and government entities serving Deer Park. 

Twenty plant members represent 15 industrial facilities in Deer Park, including chemical plants, a refinery, storage terminals, hazardous waste management firms, and related facilities. See DPCAC Plant Directory.

DPCAC celebrated its 25th Anniversary in March 2015.  Historical highlights were documented in a 25th Anniversary History booklet.

"Question of the Month" 

Q.  What Is API and Its Significance to the Oil and Gas Industry?

A.   API is the American Petroleum Institute, a national trade association representing all segments of the oil and natural gas industry. Its 625 member companies include producers, refiners, suppliers, marketers, pipeline operators, marine transporters, and the various service and supply companies that support the industry.  For more than 85 years, API has developed standards and recommended practices to promote the use of safe interchangeable equipment and proven and sound engineering practices. Many of these 685 standards and recommended practices have been incorporated into state and federal regulations, and some are used globally.  Typically, API standards are updated every 5 years, incorporating the lessons learned by member companies’ experiences. API also issues weekly statistics on oil and gas inventories, production, imports, and capacity. Click here for details.  (#6 – October 2016 – Shell Deer Park)

Read more Questions and Answers about Deer Park industry. 

Deer Park Community Advisory Council

Emergency Response to a Plant Incident and Related Communications: Who Does What? 
Nov. 28:  Communications

For details or an invitation, contact   

2017 Calendar

Jan. 23 

Feb. 27

Mar. 27

Apr. 24

May 22 (which is not Memorial Day)

No June meeting

No July meeting

Aug. 28

Sept. 25

Oct. 23

Nov. 27 (after Thanksgiving)
no December 

Recent Topics

 Additional meeting summaries and slides may be found
on "Topics and Meetings" page, year by year.

Contact Us

  For information about DPCAC, an invitation to a meeting, or to make suggestions, contact our facilitator at
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