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Deaths in the Oil Field, Farmer’s Markets & Organ Donation: Houston Matters for Mon., Feb. 24, 2013

On Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reported on some of the negative consequences of Greater Houston’s oil boom. While regulations have been strengthened in recent years for off-shore oil drilling – in particular following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill – on-shore drilling remains, as one Houston attorney puts it: “the wild west.” We talk […]

On Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reported on some of the negative consequences of Greater Houston’s oil boom. While regulations have been strengthened in recent years for off-shore oil drilling – in particular following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill – on-shore drilling remains, as one Houston attorney puts it: “the wild west.”

We talk with the Houston Chronicle’s Lise Olsen about her report examining workplace safety in Texas oil fields, and discuss what steps some would like to see taken to improve conditions for workers, and governmental oversight.

Also this hour: Farmer’s markets in Houston, and efforts to eat local; organ donation in Texas; and we discuss the Rockets’ west coast trip with MK Bower from CultureMap Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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