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Do We Need to Know What’s in Fracking Fluid?

Posted on · In 2011, Texas lawmakers passed a hydraulic fracturing disclosure law touted as a demonstration of transparency, but which gives oil and gas companies wide latitude to withhold the chemical makeup of the frack water they use if they deem it proprietary information. This makes efforts to establish just what goes into that fracking fluid a […]

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Oil and Gas in 25 Years, and Arian Foster: Tuesday’s Show (September 29, 2015)

Posted on · Last night (Sept. 28, 2015) Houston Texans’ running back Arian Foster and some of his teammates served customers at Morton’s Steakhouse to raise money for Foster’s foundation, which aims to teach inner-city kids how to have a better life by focusing on food, family and finance. It’s a subject that’s very personal to Foster, as […]

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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 […]

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Earthquakes and Compassion: Tuesday’s Show (April 28, 2015)

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. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the […]

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Checking in on The State of Houston’s Environment

Posted on · We continue our week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” with a conversation about the environment in Greater Houston. We talk with News 88.7 Energy and Environment Reporter Dave Fehling. We discuss concerns about clean air and clean water, new efforts to monitor chemical releases, ongoing disputes over landfills and other encroachment of our urban landscape into the rural […]