Energy & Environment

Illegal air pollution in Texas dropped more than 50% during the pandemic. Experts fear it’s an outlier

Posted on · A new report analyzing data gathered by the TECQ finds the drop stemmed largely from the pandemic-related downturn in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, and rising production in 2021 is already leading to a comparable rise in illegal pollution.

Houston Matters

Navigating A Transition Of Power When One Candidate Won’t Concede (Nov. 11, 2020)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: New efforts to monitor pollution after natural disasters, navigating a transition of power when one candidate won’t concede the election, how bars are adapting to prevent the spread COVID-19, and a documentary about the iconic Houston nightclub Numbers.

Energy & Environment

Some Texas Petrochemical Facilities Get A Pass On Chemical Leak Monitoring During The Pandemic

Posted on · State documents show dozens of requests from petrochemical companies to suspend routine monitoring for chemical leaks due to the pandemic. Companies say it’s necessary to keep staff members safe from COVID-19, but environmentalists warn it puts fenceline communities at risk.

Houston Matters

Wednesday’s Show: Houston’s Air Pollution Problem, And Protecting Yourself In The Gig Economy (Jan. 29, 2020)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: New data on our air pollution problem, our weekly political roundup, protecting your work in the gig economy, and tenor Larry Brownlee.

Houston Matters

Thursday’s Show: Illegal Air Pollution, And The Future Of Cinema (Dec. 19, 2019)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: Surprising findings about illegal air pollution, the potential extinction of movie theaters, a discussion of the new Star Wars film, and a famous home becomes a winter wonderland.