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Death & Injury: The Hidden Cost of Houston’s Oil Boom

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.

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