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Is Houston a Good Place for Startup Companies to Thrive?

Posted on · The number of startup companies in Houston has exploded in recent years. While many of these startups focus on oil and gas and the medical industries, there’s also innovation happening in other areas. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine startups in Houston and whether there’s life and industry beyond energy and healthcare. Are […]

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Are Unregulated Drilling Waste Pits A Threat To Texas Groundwater?

Posted on · Not since the oil boom of the 1980s have so many wells been drilled in Texas. Last year the total number of “holes drilled” for oil & gas topped 24,000 state-wide according to Texas regulators. But there’s concern that Texas isn’t doing enough to make sure that all that drilling doesn’t end-up polluting precious groundwater. We […]

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Reserve Pits, Houston’s Health, Indie Bookstores & Birding: Houston Matters for Wed., April 2, 2014

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media’s State Impact reporter for energy and the environment, about concerns related to what are known as “reserve pits” on drilling sites. These pits are dug on the site of a drilling rig and filled with waste that comes out of oil wells […]

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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 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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Career Paths, Oil & Gas Jobs, and Wes Anderson: Houston Matters for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Posted on · Much of this edition of Houston Matters relates to careers in Houston. First, we’ll explore how where we live might affect what we decide to do for a living – does growing up in Greater Houston mean you’re more likely to steer towards certain industries for a career? Or away from others? Are we “pre-ordained” […]

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Sebelius Visits, Oil & Gas in 2014, Payday Loans, & Houston Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Fri., Dec. 20, 2013

Posted on · Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Houston today. Perhaps no other Obama administration official, save for President Obama himself, has been on the firing line more amid the troubled roll-out of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act. On today’s Houston Matters, we’ll have details on the Secretary’s visit, and on […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Nov. 7, 2013

Posted on · Typical projections from the oil and gas industry suggest, thanks in large part to the burgeoning shale oil industry, the United States could become the world’s top oil producer in the next decade. But what if those projections are overstated? Is there a danger in Houston’s economy hinging so significantly on one industry? What should we […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 29, 2013

Posted on · The state of Texas believes the Environmental Protection Agency does not have legal authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from factories and power plants. Such disputes over carbon emissions have pitted environmental regulators against industry for years. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over this question – and the state of […]

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Is There a Generation Gap in Houston’s Workforce?

Posted on · According to Houston’s government data, the city has among the youngest populations in the nation, with the median age of residents being 32-years-old. And with Houston’s booming economy and university systems, this Texas city continues to draw new, young talent to the workplace. But, what about Houston’s older residents? Many industries, especially oil and gas, […]

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Houston Matters for Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Posted on · The city of Houston has among the youngest populations in the nation. And our growing economy continues to draw new, young talent to the region – and specifically, to the workplace. They’re arriving as a looming population of older workers is nearing retirement. The result – a generation gap at work. Those older workers have […]