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The Pros and Cons of Arctic Oil Drilling

The Arctic Ocean might seem a long long way from Houston. And, well, it is. So why should we be concerned with something happening way up there (other than, of course, climate change)? Well, drilling for oil in the Arctic could have direct and indirect effects on the city’s many oil and gas companies — […]


The Arctic Ocean might seem a long long way from Houston. And, well, it is. So why should we be concerned with something happening way up there (other than, of course, climate change)? Well, drilling for oil in the Arctic could have direct and indirect effects on the city’s many oil and gas companies — and therefore the Houston economy.

A University of Houston energy symposium Thursday (Sept. 24, 2015) will discuss the pros and cons of oil production in the Arctic and what that might mean for Greater Houston.

In advance of that event, we hear from two of the folks on either side of that debate: Peter Van Tuyn, an environmental lawyer based in Anchorage, Ak., and Bob Reiss, an author of nonfiction including The Eskimo and The Oil Man, about opening the Arctic and the battle over offshore oil.

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