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Houston Matters for Wed., Sept. 18, 2013

Posted on · Houston is growing and changing like few places in the nation. But is it growing in a way that the community can support over the long haul? The Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University is poised to release its 3rd report on Houston Sustainability Performance this week. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn […]

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Texans Use Less Power Than Expected, Baffling State Regulators

Posted on · Something unexpected is happening in Texas when it comes to how much electricity we're all using. It's less than what experts had predicted. Exactly why this is happening is somewhat of a mystery. But as StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found, the consequences could determine if Texans have to pay more for the electricity they are using.

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Texas Refinery In Port Arthur: The Nation’s Biggest With Problems To Match

Posted on · Repairs are underway at a refinery on the Texas Gulf Coast. The biggest refinery in the country is also experiencing big problems — so many problems some people are beginning to wonder if the plant is cursed. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling is in Port Arthur where there had been hope the refinery would bring better times for the community.

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Researching Dirty Air’s Effect On Health: Are Some Texans Immune?

Posted on · Maybe nowhere else is the battle over clean air fought harder than in Texas. The state has tried to block federal air pollution laws saying they stifle economic growth. But just last week, the U.S. Department of Justice filed another law suit to force power plants in northeast Texas to reduce toxic air emissions. We thought it might be a good time to look at the root of why any this matters. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has the basics on what air pollution can do to people.

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 16, 2013

Posted on · Retailers in Texas encourage Governor Perry to veto a Texas version of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Bad actors in the energy industry do environmental harm that might possibly have been avoided in a state with more stringent regulations. In general, business is booming in Texas – especially here in Houston – but does […]

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Keeping Old Oil Wells From Leaking

Posted on · When it comes to drilling deep for oil and natural gas, things can go wrong. Sometimes wells — especially old ones — leak. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into a Texas town where there seems to be an oil well on every block.

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Finding Oil In Texas Is Easy, Just Look On The Ground

Posted on · There's a lot of drilling going on in Texas for oil and gas. So much, that Texas is a big reason why the United States is now producing more oil than it imports. But it all begins with what in the oil business is the most fundamental of challenges: finding the right place to drill, a place to hit "black gold", not a "dry hole." StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has more.

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Vehicle Inspection Fraud Task Forces Running On Empty

Posted on · In Texas cities with bad air pollution, owners pay to have their vehicles inspected to make sure the engines are running cleanly. Part of that state inspection fee is supposed to go towards enforcement. But StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling tells why there's concern that even though there's a lot of inspection fraud, the efforts to catch it are getting cut.

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The Toxic Risk When Hurricanes Hit The Texas Chemical Coast

Posted on · The next hurricane that hits the Texas coast will again put some of the nation's biggest refineries and chemical plants — and the communities near them — at risk. But it won’t be the first time. Looking back at some big storms and the havoc they caused is what StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling did to find out what can go wrong.