Weekdays at noon on Houston Public Media News 88.7

The Future of Coal and Our Aging Water Infrastructure: Monday’s Show (September 28, 2015)

The Future of Coal and Our Aging Water Infrastructure: Monday’s Show (September 28, 2015)

It’s sort of overlooked here in Greater Houston amid a prominent oil and gas industry, but we do still have coal-fired power plants. And a recent report from the Sierra Club is singling out one such plant in Fort Bend County.

On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we talk with the Sierra Club about why they studied this power plant and the health issues they say nearby residents are facing because of the plant’s pollution. Then, we consider the present and future of coal in the Greater Houston area and across Texas.

Also this hour: the region’s water treatment facilities are in need of some major upgrades. We consider what those are and the potential fallout if the problem isn’t taken care of soon.

Plus: The Houston Texans got their first win of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Astros are on the verge of reaching the playoffs. We recap of the weekend in Houston sports.


About the Author

Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →