Houston Matters

Do Refinery Regulations Go Far Enough?

Posted on · A worker was injured Saturday morning when an explosion at the Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. plant started a fire, sending smoke plumes into the Pasadena air. A portion of the Houston Ship Channel was closed briefly while the Coast Guard investigated for any potential chemical releases. According to the EPA, the plant owned by Petrobras, […]

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Regulating Refineries and How to Be A Texan: Wednesday’s Show (March 9, 2016)

Posted on · A worker was injured Saturday morning when an explosion at the Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. plant started a fire, sending smoke plumes into the Pasadena air. A portion of the Houston Ship Channel was closed briefly while the Coast Guard investigated for any potential chemical releases. According to the EPA, the plant owned by Petrobras, […]

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How Much Oil is Stored in Houston and Is It Harmful to Our Health?

Posted on · Oil prices are down because of simple economics: more supply than demand, which means there's a lot of oil that can't be used. Instead, it must be stored. And as it turns out, an increasing amount of it is being held right here in Houston. Millions and millions of barrels of it. Dave Fehling, News […]

Energy & Environment

Is Texas’ ‘Small Army’ Of Pollution Enforcers Big Enough For The Job?

Posted on · Millions of tax dollars are being restored to the state agency that regulates pollution from big industry – the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or the TCEQ. But at the same time, big cuts have been made to the budget of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA. So what’s it all mean for keeping our air and water clean in Houston?

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What’s the Link Between Houston’s Ozone Problem and Climate Change?

Posted on · Last week, we spoke with News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling about why it is some areas of Houston seem to experience spikes in ozone levels when other areas don't. He noted there isn't scientific consensus on the reason. However, University of Houston researchers believe there's a connection between ozone levels in Houston […]

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The Mayor’s Budget, Reid Ryan, and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (May 18, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $5.1 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The 2016 fiscal year budget proposal is the last of Mayor Parker's administration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about where the majority of funds are going, how this could shape […]

News

Houston’s ‘Pollution Police’ Challenged By Oil And Gas, Petrochemical Industries

Posted on · The squad of three dozen investigators, chemists and researchers handle some 700 complaints a year. And just like the cops who wear badges, Houston's pollution police enforce both city ordinances and state laws. But some energy producers have a problem with that and are trying to shut them down.

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“MUD” Districts Provide Utilities for Unincorporated Areas

Posted on · Municipal utility districts — or “MUDs” — are essentially local forms of government established to provide water, sewage, and drainage services to neighborhoods not affiliated with any city. They’re subject to approval by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin talks with Justin Ring from the local civil engineering firm EHRA about […]