Houston Matters Show Post 2019

Houston Matters

Tuesday’s Show: Astros Punished For Sign Stealing (Jan. 14, 2020)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The Astros are hit with harsh punishments after their sign-stealing scandal. City Controller Chris Brown discusses the city's finances. We meet the new provost at Rice, an expert on the science of earthquakes. And we examine the financial and social challenges faced by small town America.

flare burning at drilling site in DeWitt County

Energy & Environment

Groups Say EPA Doing Too Little About Oil Drilling And Earthquakes

Posted on · Drilling for oil and gas may have slowed down in Texas, but there are still millions of barrels of contaminated wastewater that has to be disposed of. The tainted water is what comes back up out of the ground during drilling operations. Public interest groups say regulations are outdated and are putting the environment at risk.

Houston Matters

Are Oil and Gas Really Behind Texas Earthquakes?

Posted on · A new study from Southern Methodist University links earthquakes in North Texas to oil and gas operations. The Texas Railroad Commission’s seismologist has questioned the research and its conclusions. Nevertheless, the commission may shut down a pair of waste water injection wells noted in the study. We discuss the environmental and political implications of these […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

More Wind Power, HERO Trial, and Texas Earthquakes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From an increasing percentage of Texas energy coming from the wind, to the winding down of the trial over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, to HISD police getting body cameras, to an increased risk for earthquakes in Texas: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of […]

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