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How Will Rolling Back Federal Regulations Affect Businesses in Houston?

Posted on · President Trump says he’s going to seriously roll back regulations on businesses. So, for a city like Houston with so much industry, what would that mean for us? We discuss how fewer regulations might affect business and the environment in Greater Houston. Joining us for this conversation is Adrian Shelley, who serves as both the director […]

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How Will Fewer Regulations Affect Houstonians? Thursday’s Show (February 9, 2017)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how fewer business regulations might affect the environment, changes to the National Weather Service's National Water Model, and the struggle Texas and Texans face paying for college. Also, singer-songwriter Mike Doughty performs in studio.

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Crude-by-Rail Plummeting In Texas But Critics Insist Risk Of Accidents Remains

Posted on · Last month, two freight trains collided head-on and erupted in flames near Amarillo. And this month is the anniversary of a far worse train catastrophe in Canada. The accidents are why some community groups say more needs to be done in Houston to make railways safer, especially when it comes to the transport of one product in particular: crude oil.

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Do Refinery Regulations Go Far Enough?

Posted on · A worker was injured Saturday morning when an explosion at the Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. plant started a fire, sending smoke plumes into the Pasadena air. A portion of the Houston Ship Channel was closed briefly while the Coast Guard investigated for any potential chemical releases. According to the EPA, the plant owned by Petrobras, […]

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Regulating Refineries and How to Be A Texan: Wednesday’s Show (March 9, 2016)

Posted on · A worker was injured Saturday morning when an explosion at the Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. plant started a fire, sending smoke plumes into the Pasadena air. A portion of the Houston Ship Channel was closed briefly while the Coast Guard investigated for any potential chemical releases. According to the EPA, the plant owned by Petrobras, […]

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EPA in Galena Park, Kindergarten Boot Camp, and Roller Derby: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Posted on · The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday held a public hearing in Galena Park, where residents called for the federal agency to adopt stricter emissions standards for oil refineries, in order to reduce exposure to benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. The meeting was the second and final public hearing over the new rules, which would require oil refineries […]