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Chemical Plants and Houston’s Development: Thursday’s Show (May 19, 2016)

A 2014 gas leak at a DuPont chemical plant in La Porte killed four workers. In response to that accident, the Houston Chronicle obtained chemical inventories of more than 2,500 businesses in Greater Houston to learn which pose the greatest risk to the public. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with reporters Matt […]

A 2014 gas leak at a DuPont chemical plant in La Porte killed four workers. In response to that accident, the Houston Chronicle obtained chemical inventories of more than 2,500 businesses in Greater Houston to learn which pose the greatest risk to the public.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with reporters Matt Dempsey and Mark Collette about what they learned and how it all relates to 2013’s West Fertilizer Company plant explosion, which was recently determined to be caused by arson.

Also this hour:

Dental Clinic Malpractice

Houston attorney Jim Moriarty represents Nevaeh Hall, a young child who Moriarty says suffered brain damage during what should have been a routine appointment at a dental clinic. We talk with Moriarty about that case and other incidents of alleged dental malpractice. Then, we talk with Houston area pediatric dentist Dr. Laji James about what to look for in a dentist for your child.

Houston’s Development

The online nonprofit publication Next City held a conference in Houston last week which highlighted development in and around the city. We talk with Next City’s Josh Stephens about his recent article entitled “What if Houston Fell in Love with Planning?”  Then we talk with architect and Houston Planning Commission member Antoine Bryant about how to plan and develop more wisely amid increased incidents of flooding in the region.

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

The folks behind Buffalo Bayou Park have opened another attraction – and this time it’s subterranean. What used to be an 87,500 square-foot drinking water cistern built in 1926 has been brought up to code to allow the public to view the space and learn about Houston history – this time from below ground. Houston Matters producer Paige Phelps tells us more.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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