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With Oil So Low, Why is Houston’s Petrochemical Industry Booming?

While oil prices continue to remain in the $30 range, Houston’s oil and gas industry is struggling. But one industry that’s booming right now is the city’s petrochemical industry. That’s because oil is used by many petrochemical companies to make their products. That means things are booming in the city of Baytown and at the […]

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The scenery along the Houston Ship Channel. (Photo: Edel Howlin, Houston Public Media)

While oil prices continue to remain in the $30 range, Houston’s oil and gas industry is struggling.

But one industry that’s booming right now is the city’s petrochemical industry. That’s because oil is used by many petrochemical companies to make their products. That means things are booming in the city of Baytown and at the Port of Houston.

We learn more from Roger Guenther, executive director of the Port of Houston Authority, and Baytown Mayor Stephen DonCarlos.

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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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