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Why Are Industrial Companies Moving To Pearland?

Posted on · Pearland has experienced a surge in recent years in industrial growth. We talk with Matt Buchanan, president of the Pearland Economic Development Corporation, about why FloWorks, Dover Energy, Merit Medical, Tool-Flo, Profile Wire and Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Compressors International have all developed facilities in Pearland in recent years, and whether that trend is likely to […]

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Industry and the Environment: Tuesday’s Show (October 6, 2015)

Posted on · On today’s Houston Matters, we examine a pair of developments involving industry and the environment in Houston. First, it’s been nearly a year since four workers died in a toxic gas leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte. Last week, federal investigators presented their findings. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin discusses the report with News […]

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Industry Regulators and the Sharing Economy: Monday’s Show (October 5, 2015)

Posted on · How close are regulators to the businesses they are charged with watching? When does their mission to protect the public interest get mired in the will to further industry? Texas Tribune energy reporter Jim Malewitz has been contemplating these questions. On today’s Houston Matters, he joins us to discuss the sometimes uneasy relationship between industry […]

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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 day, the […]

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Economic Forecast, Chemical Safety, and Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Posted on · On Thursday, The Greater Houston Partnership officially unveils its economic forecast for the region for the coming year. But we have a preview for you on today’s Houston Matters. From employment, to industry, to trade, travel, real estate, the cost of living, and more, the report outlines how Greater Houston is faring. We discuss the report with […]

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Immigration Reform and La Porte Chemical Leak Deaths: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Posted on · Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss whether, amid the changing winds […]

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Ship Channel Centennial, Trees, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, November 10, 2014

Posted on · 100 years ago today, the Houston Ship Channel officially opened. The Ship Channel is a part of the Port of Houston, one of America’s busiest seaports. In fact, last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Port of Houston led the nation in the total tonnage it imported. The Port of Houston Authority claims […]

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Self-Reporting, Silver Alerts, and Symphony Broadcast Preview: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Posted on · While government authorities are tasked with investigating industrial accidents, those efforts, particularly here in Texas, are often triggered by industry “self-reporting.” But how does that work exactly? And how far do we defer to and trust companies to report accidents? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about the concept of industry self-reporting, and consider […]

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How World Events Affect Houston, and METRO Light Rail: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Posted on · In an ever more connected world, events around the globe can impact our lives here in Houston in any number of ways. Take recent developments in the Middle East: they can impact us economically, in ways as obvious as the price of gasoline to more subtle impacts on industries and consumers. International events of course can also be highly personal […]

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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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What’s the Effect of the Oil Spill on Galveston Bay?

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 were […]

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What Are All The Oil and Gas Workers in Houston Actually Doing?

Posted on · We hear talk all the time about how the oil and gas industry is booming, and people are moving here for “oil and gas jobs.” But just what are those jobs? Are they in the oil fields? Engineers and analysts in offices? We discuss with Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media’s State Impact Reporter for Energy and the […]

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Death & Injury: The Hidden Cost of Houston’s Oil Boom

Posted on · On Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reported on some of the negative consequences of Greater Houston’s oil boom. While regulations have been strengthened in recent years for off-shore oil drilling – in particular following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill – on-shore drilling remains, as one Houston attorney puts it: “the wild west.” We talk […]