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Full Show: The Impact Of Venezuelan Turmoil On Houston’s Oil And Gas Industry (Aug. 8, 2017)

If the U.S. imposes sanctions on the Venezuelan oil sector, how might it affect Houston’s energy industry? Houston Matters takes a closer look.


On July 31, the U.S. announced it was imposing sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, calling him a “dictator” after the election for a constitutional assembly. The U.S. hasn’t imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry — yet. But it’s not entirely off the table. If that does happen, what could it mean for Houston, the oil and gas capital of the world? 

On today’s Houston Matters, we talk it over with Dr. Francisco Monaldi from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Also this our: A Houston researcher is studying something called Zealandia — a mostly submerged landmass underneath New Zealand. And meteorologist Frank Billingsley talks about his quest to find his birth parents using DNA.

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