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February 2014 Archives

Proposed pipeline neighbors fear for safety

Here in Houston, our media sometimes glosses over concerns about worker safety in the oil and natural gas industries. But in places around the U.S. where the industries have recently launched explorations or are engaging in new extraction processes or erecting pipelines, people see the industry with fresh sets of eyes.

Media barely notices Texas construction workers' falls, injuries

Our media's priorities are laid out for us every day. All we need to do is look at which stories feature the big headlines, photos and details. A story about a reality TV star's marital woes can get days of breathless coverage, while news of two Texas workers being injured on the job gets a single, short paragraph.

Houston employee missing in gas pipeline blast

As our readers know, the reach of the Texas oil and natural gas industry is global. In one operation far from us, an employee of a Houston-based firm is missing after a Pennsylvania natural gas well erupted in flames earlier this week in what appears to be a pipeline accident.

Deep-water oil production on the rise in the Gulf of Mexico

For many in the Houston area, the words “deep water” can have two very different meanings. Some hear the words and think of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig disaster that left 11 workers dead.

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