Houston Matters

What Will Harvey Mean For Houston’s Oil And Gas Industry?

We learn more about the safety concerns at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby. And we learn what Harvey’s devastating floods mean for Houston’s oil and gas industry.

Two explosions and billowing smoke have been reported flood-hit chemical plant near Houston.

Officials say a series of “pops” at a Crosby chemical plant produced no toxins overnight. We talk with KHOU’s reporter Adam Bennett to give us more details on what’s happening with that chemical plant and what we have to look forward to in the future.

Greater Houston has, of course, many chemical plants and an enormous petrochemical industry. That industry is slowing down — and even in some cases halting operations — due to Harvey. For example, Colonial Pipeline shut down fuel lines from Houston through southern states and up the east coast. Its facilities outside of Lake Charles, La., are out of service. And there have been other Harvey-related shutdowns of refineries.

To discuss what this all means for you and me, we’re joined by energy industry watcher Loren Steffy. He’s a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly and managing director for 30 Point Strategies.

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