Energy & Environment

Texas Has Thousands Of Bad Dams, Two In Houston Deemed ‘Extremely High Risk’

Posted on · As Houston Public Media reported last month, millions of dollars are being spent to repair two dams that hold back storm water on the west side of Houston. They are among over 7,000 dams listed as “hazardous” in Texas. But because so many people and structures would be at risk should these two dams fail, they’re getting attention.

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A New Section of The Grand Parkway Is Now Open To Traffic

Posted on · Another section of an ambitious Houston toll road project is now open to traffic. Drivers this morning (Feb. 8, 2016) are hitting the Grand Parkway between U.S. 290 and I-45. But while commuters are hoping for a quicker route, environmental groups say they still have some major concerns, as Gail Delaughter reports from the News […]

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What Will New Sections of the Grand Parkway Mean for Areas Like Tomball?

Posted on · The Grand Parkway Association says a few new segments in north Houston are on track to open soon near Cypress, Tomball, Spring and New Caney. We get an update on the project from David Gornet, Executive Director of the Grand Parkway Association. We also talk with Lamar Casparis, the former chairman of the Greater Tomball […]

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Construction Safety, Grand Parkway, and Grady Gaines: Tuesday’s Show (November 3, 2015)

Posted on · Recently, huge scaffolding collapsed at an apartment complex under construction near Minute Maid Park. Several workers were injured in the incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. In light of the incident, we discuss how construction safety is regulated and monitored here, on this edition of Houston Matters. We welcome your […]

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The Grand Parkway: Progress Continues on the Loop Outside the Loop…Outside the Loop

Posted on · As you’re probably aware, Greater Houston will soon have a loop outside the loop...outside the loop: The Grand Parkway – 184 miles waaaaaay around the city of Houston. At the moment, 41 of those miles of the Grand Parkway are open, with more construction in the works. The Grand Parkway is designed, in part, to […]

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Toll Roads and the Grand Parkway: Friday’s Show (May 15, 2015)

Posted on · Chances are, at some point, you’ve used some of the 132 miles of toll roads operated by the Harris County Toll Road Authority, from the Westpark Tollway, to the Katy managed lanes, the Sam Houston, and now a toll road to Tomball. There's more either under construction or in the works. On this edition of […]

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Prop 1 Projects, Air Quality, and Mel Chin: Wednesday’s show (February 4, 2015)

Posted on · Tuesday in Houston and Rosenberg, the Houston-Galveston Area Council presented public meetings to share details on the Greater Houston area state highway projects it wants to see funded this year through money voters allocated in November from the state’s rainy day fund. Proposition 1 allocates $1.7 billion this year. Some $288 million of that will […]