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NTSB Ruling, Jade Helm and Sobriety Theater: Thursday’s Show (June 11, 2015)

Posted on · The National Transportation Safety Board this week issued its initial report on a March 2014 collision in the Houston Ship Channel between the bulk carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan tow in lower Galveston Bay, which led to an oil spill and temporary closure of the channel. While the accident occurred on a foggy […]

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Could Some Good Come from the Deepwater Horizon Accident, Environmentally?

Posted on · This week, News 88.7 Energy and Environment reporter Dave Fehling is examining the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on its fifth anniversary. The first installment looked at whether drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is any safer today than it was when the accident happened in 2010. In the second and final installment, he looks at […]

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Ship Channel Collisions: Monday’s Show (March 23, 2015)

Posted on · A year ago Monday (3/23), a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Up to 168,000 gallons of marine fuel oil spilled into the bay, and the Houston Ship Channel was closed for a few days between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Fast forward to two weeks ago – a foggy […]

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Protecting the Texas Coast from Storms: It’s a Year-Round Job

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

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Storm Surge Suppression, Colic, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

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Ike Dike, Middle School Stress, Dog Show, & Open Call Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 17, 2014

Posted on · It's by no means a new idea. But the recently formed Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance is trying to move the coastal barrier idea forward. On this edition of Houston Matters, we'll find out why, and hear the case for what is popularly-known as the “Ike Dike” to protect Galveston Bay communities from storm surge […]

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Port of Houston Pilots, Chikungunya, Gangs, and The Princess Bride: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Posted on · Back in March, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the bay. The carrier was being guided by an experienced pilot, Mike Pizzitola. But according to federal court documents and other records obtained by the Houston Chronicle, Pizzitola has been involved in two […]

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Offshore Technology Conference, Prescription Drug Abuse, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, May 5, 2014

Posted on · More than 90,000 people from more than 120 countries are expected to attend the 45th Offshore Technology Conference this week. Oil and gas industry executives, scientists and engineers will have access to the latest technical information and equipment. It's also an opportunity for local students and professionals to network. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Oil Spill, Montrose Fire & BARC: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the oil spill, to the fire in Montrose, to BARC’s new authority, to Zipcar’s expansion, it’s been a busy week in Houston news. We consider “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of these events with our rotating “non-expert” panel. This week, we’re joined by the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Falkenberg, ComedySportz Houston’s Dianah Dulany, […]

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Trash Bash Removes 49 Tons of Garbage from Area Watershed

Posted on · We learn about the Bayou Preservation Association‘s annual Trash Bash Saturday, March 29. It’s the largest waterway clean-up event in Texas. Volunteers clean up some 49 tons of trash along the Galveston Bay Watershed — everything from toilet seats to TVs to refrigerators. Executive Director Kathy Lord talks about the event and its mission.

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Texas Oil Spill Tracked With New High-tech Buoy

Posted on · And now, the latest on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just off of Galveston Island. The heavy and thick "fuel oil" leaked out after a barge collided with a ship in the Houston Ship Channel this past weekend. Dave Fehling is Houston Public Media's State Impact reporter for energy and the environment. […]

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Crime, Oil Spill Update, ICE, & Kayaking Buffalo Bayou: Houston Matters for Wed., March 26, 2014

Posted on · When you’re the fourth largest city in the country, crime is an inevitable part of life. But what crimes? And how prevalent are they? Houston Police Department statistics offer a glimpse. In January of this year, HPDÂ says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; […]

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Oil Spill Latest, Mental Health, & the Literary Scene: Houston Matters for Monday, March 24, 2014

Posted on · On Saturday, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. While the barge was carrying a million gallons of marine fuel oil, officials believe just one tank was breached, which would suggest no more than 168,000 gallons spilled into the bay. As crews skimmed oil from the water, and containment booms […]