StateImpact

Houston’s Ozone Mystery: Pockets Of Pollution Unlike Other Cities

Posted on · It's not as bad as it used to be, but the two biggest metropolitan regions of Texas — Dallas and Houston — continue to have air pollution which violates federal standards for ozone. But in an effort to reduce it, scientists are finding it's not easy to determine exactly where ozone originates and where it drifts. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling talked with scientists working on the latest research, including an ozone mystery in one tiny town.

StateImpact

Call Before You Dig: Does Texas Put Pipelines at Risk?

Posted on · In the past decade in Texas, pipeline accidents have killed and injured people and caused millions of dollars in property damage. According to federal government, about 11-percent of those accidents were caused by construction crews. They hit pipelines as they're digging with bulldozers or back-hoes. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking at one measure that's supposed to prevent such accidents — the "Call Before You Dig" program.

StateImpact

Tracing Traffic Pollution As Texas Port Expands

Posted on · Texas and California have a couple things in common: big sea ports and pollution. And it's those similarities that are becoming important as a change is about to take place in how foreign cargo is shipped into the United States. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling explains why some Texans are looking closely at what happened years ago in Los Angeles.

StateImpact

Texas Regulators Face Anger Over Earthquakes Near Disposal Wells

Posted on · In the last few months, dozens of small earthquakes have shook the north Texas town of Azle, outside of Fort Worth. The quakes are thought to be linked to oil and gas drilling in the area. Specifically the disposal of wastewater from drilling — which is typically pumped underground by the millions of gallons. So, last night the state agency that regulates the Texas oil and gas industry held a meeting in the town.

Full Show

Top Stories of 2013 in Houston News

Posted on · As 2013 comes to a close, we look back at the top stories in Houston news this year, including: politics, healthcare, transportation, energy, education, arts and sports. KUHF reporters join us to talk about the big stories they covered in those realms during 2013, we hear highlights of their reporting and their thoughts and analysis.

StateImpact

Where Climate Change Could Hurt Texas Neighborhoods

Posted on · A changing climate could have all sorts of impacts world-wide. But what about in your neighborhood? StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling looks at how some researchers are urging state and city governments to start thinking now about how to protect neighborhoods to vulnerabilities, like a rising sea level and destructive storms.

Full Show

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 […]

StateImpact

Why Foreign Companies Love Texas

Posted on · Foreign companies are investing billions of dollars in Texas industrial plants and oil & gas drilling operations. The money is creating local jobs but in some cases, it’s also allowing foreign countries access to valuable American-made technology. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into this.

Houston Matters

What Makes a Good Workplace? What makes a bad one?

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently published its annual report on the best places to work in Houston. 150 companies made the ‘Houston Chronicle Top Workplaces’ list based on employee surveys, where workers were asked to rate areas including company leadership, opportunities for advancement and their work/life balance. If you were asked to rate your workplace, what would you […]

Houston Matters

What Happens to Houston After Oil?

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 […]

Full Show

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 […]