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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)willdiscuss the pros and cons of oil production in the Arctic and what that might mean forGreater 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., andBob 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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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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