Houston Ship Channel

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    The San Jacinto River Waste Pits Unleashed Toxins Into the River and, Residents Say, Their Bodies

    After a series of storms in March 2012, John Bonta is sorting through the wreckage on his Highlands ranch, 20 miles west of Houston. He's just gotten home from work when his wife, Pam, asks him to help her pick up a portion of the fence that had fallen during the night. He doesn't wait for her, thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    EPA Finally Agrees to Clean Up CES Environmental's Mess

    After nearly four years of public outcry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally agreed clean up abandoned industrial waste left behind by CES Environmental Services in southeast Houston. For years neighbors had complained about CES' Griggs Road facility, where the company cleaned ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Texas Glory From Your Couch: San Jac EarthCam Goes Live

    The Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Hagia Sophia and now the San Jacinto Monument. Webcam manufacturer EarthCam's latest monument live cam hit the internet yesterday, right here in Texas, at the San Jacinto Monument. The camera is 540 feet in the air.

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Group Talks Multi-Billion Coastal Barrier We Hope We Don't Need (But Probably Do)

    Earlier this month the Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance met to discuss a plan that would keep us (and our energy industry) from going underwater in the event of a catastrophic storm surge. Unfortunately, according to storm watchers, the Gulf Coast is likely to get hit by a major storm every 15 y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    The 12 Best Acts of iFest's First Weekend

    The Apple Scruffs Performing as "The Down Under Band" for the day, The Apple Scruffs took an inspiring break from their usual gig as a Beatles cover band to cover music from Australian musicians, in homage to this year's spotlight country. This quartet was so good, it inspired thoughts about what th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Galveston Oil Spill Animal Body Count Continues

    As we've unfortunately learned many times before, a bunch of oil dumped into bodies of water doesn't tend to work out well for the birds and other animals that live in the area. We learned it with Exxon Valdez and it hit much closer to home with the British Petroleum oil spill in 2010. Now the chic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Galveston Oil Spill Has Put Texas Oysters and Seafood Off the Menu

    The Galveston oil spill was bad enough when it was leaving oiled birds and all kinds of environmental and economic damage in its wake. Now it's even hitting the Texas seafood. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued an advisory on eating shellfish and other seafood from Galveston Bay o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Oil Slick Is Still on the Move

    Although commerce is pretty much back to normal with limited use of the Houston Ship Channel for fishing and recreation, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that the oil slick that was cramping Galveston Bay's style isn't gone yet. It's currently traveling south along the Texas coast. Right now, environm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Cruise Ship Could Test Oily Waters in Houston Channel, Says Coast Guard

    The Houston Ship Channel is looking a tad busier in the fourth day since a collision spilled close to 170,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay. This morning the ship channel opened to barge traffic, but full use is still a no-go. According to Lt. Sam Danus of the U.S. Coast Guard, inbound and outb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Cleanup Continues in Galveston Oil Spill

    Quicker than you can spell environmental disaster, another major oil spill is affecting the Gulf Coast. This time, caused by the collision between a tanker and a barge that's shut down the Houston Ship Channel, according to reports. Crews from state and government agencies are working on cleanup af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Florida Georgia Line at Reliant Stadium, 3/19/2014

    Florida Georgia Line Reliant Stadium March 19, 2014 Florida Georgia Line are easy to mistake for "bro country": they rhyme "Bocephus" with "Jesus" and would sooner walk as drive around in anything other than a candy-painted Silverado. But "bro-country" implies some sort of douchiness at its core, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2013

    RIP Lou Reed: Streetwise Rock and Roll Icon Dies at 71

    Lou Reed, the tragically hip, eternally cool songwriter and musician whose friendships, collaborations and rivalries with the likes of John Cale, David Bowie and Iggy Pop helped define, expand and elevate rock music from the mid-'60s to the present, has died. Reed's death was confirmed to The New Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Houston Remembers 9/11: Day of the Attacks Still Resonates with Locals

    The morning of September 11, 2001, I was asleep upstairs at my house in the Heights. It seems like 100 years ago considering all the changes that have happened to the world and for me personally since then. As was typical, my alarm went off. It was the radio tuned to 610 AM KILT. Lance Zierlein and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Barry Smitherman Calls For 'Conservative Crusade' Against The EPA, Drives Truck In Election Ad

    Barry Smitherman hasn't done a lot of time on the Railroad Commission, but he's already set his sights on becoming the next state attorney general, and he's calling for a conservative crusade to get him there. Smitherman has come a long way from the days when he was a prosecutor at the Harris Count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Houston's Top 10 Unsung Music Venues

    There's no other way to say this except to say it: Houston has a lot of music venues, a lot of music venues, but most of the high-profile shows around here get routed into a handful of places. This happens for any number of reasons, most of them financial: Very few promoters in town can afford to pu ... More >>

  • News

    February 16, 2012

    Pregnancy Puzzler

    Lactation not related to giving birth.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Some Judges Want Paintings of "Shirtless Black Men Hauling...Bales of Cotton" Removed from Courthouse

    Six historical paintings at Houston's federal courthouse have raised some hackles with two federal judges, who believe the paintings dredge up offensive imagery of slavery. The paintings, depicting the Houston Ship Channel in the late 1870s, were completed between 1938 and 1941, and were displayed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    The Bridges of Texas: 12 Beauties

    We don't do rustic covered bridges here in Texas; we don't do massive Golden Gate spans either. But that doesn't mean the state isn't home to some beautiful pieces of bridge art. You can look for abandoned bridges here. Here, though, are a dozen of Texas' best. ​12. Suspension Bridge, Waco T ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    2011 South By Southwest Supplement

    Buxton takes its bump to the roots-rock big leagues in stride.

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    The Houston Ship Channel Never Looked So Beautiful

    Hat tip to Mr. Kimberly over at Neon Poisoning for tipping us off to the excellent photo stream of Louis Vest, OneEighteen on Flickr, who occasionally uploads amazing videos of the humdrum business on the Houston Ship Channel, including the one above.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    ExxonMobil's Baytown Refinery Sued For Being So Damn Leaky

    Headed to court​Following in the footsteps of Shell and and ChevronPhillips, ExxonMobil has been sued by environmental groups who say its refinery routinely violates clean-air regulations and doesn't really do anything about it. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas announced their lawsuit to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Is Ex-Velvet Moe Tucker A Tea Partier Or Not?

    ​The Velvet Underground has certainly had an interesting second act. After Andy Warhol's favorite NYC "party" band soundtracked countless narcotic jags and laid the foundation for everything from punk rock to shoegaze, its members went on to very different lives: Lou Reed to street-life classi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Three Hour Tour Turns Into Extended Stay At Allen's Landing for Houston Yacht Club

    Photos by Taylor TurnerNot exactly Gilligan's Island.​The not-so-everyday presence of yachts on Buffalo Bayou has been bringing sight-seers to Allen's Landing this week. But the docking is no holiday for the boaters, who've been stranded at the downtown birthplace of the city of Houston since Sund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Gene Green: He's Got Everyone Wondering What He'll Do About Latest Clean-Air Bill

    Gene Green: Which way will he go?​Health and safety advocates will be watching U.S. Congressman Gene Green closely tomorrow, when his colleagues on the House Energy & Commerce committee are expected to introduce a bill intended to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products, such as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Lyondell's "No Injuries" Refinery Fire Had Some Injuries After All, Suit Says

    Workers are claiming "disfigurement"​On May 17, after a fire erupted at a local LyondellBasell refinery, the national headlines read "No Injuries at Houston Refinery."The source? 'Twas the friendly P.R. folks at Lyondell, of course.Given this fact, perhaps it will come to no surprise to learn that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Exxon Leads The Environmental Fight By Suing The U.S. Over Winning World War II

    ​If there's one company out there that won't put up with illegal oil dumping, it's Exxon. These guys are hawks about pollution, and they will sue whoever the hell they need to in order to bring evildoers to justice.So they're suing the United States, which blithely went ignored all sorts of Enviro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    What Are You Looking At?

    ​ What are you looking at here? A window pane shattered by a rock or bullet? Some kind of art project?No. You are looking at.......

  • News

    December 17, 2009

    A Quiet Hell

    Thanks to lax enforcement by TCEQ, plants along the Houston Ship Channel launch tons of toxic gases into our air, and face little penalty even when they exceed pollution limits over and over again.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    The State's Environmental Watchdog Sucks

    ​Four years ago, Houston Mayor Bill White and his environmental policy director Elena Marks didn't think that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was doing a very good job enforcing pollution violations and keeping the area's oil refineries and chemical plants in check. The city had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Pay No Attention To The Massive Police Activity At The Ship Channel Tonight

    ​PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The Houston Ship Channel will not be the scene of a terrorist attack tonight, one that will involve FBI agents, huge law-enforcement motocades, sirens, lights, all the good stuff.If you see such things, don't start running for the hills. It's a drill, baby."Late this evening int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Houston's Waterways Are Filled With All Kinds Of Stuff They Shouldn't Be Filled With, Group Says

    ​Stay the hell away from Houston's waterways. Don't swim in them and for heaven's sake don't eat the fish.That was essentially the message this morning at a news conference held alongside the Houston Ship Channel, hosted by Environment Texas, an environmental advocacy group, which complied data fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Beaumont TV Station Warns Of Pirate Attacks: We Investigate!!!

    Back in November, Hair Balls indulged itself in some utterly sub-Swiftian satire on the possibility of Ike-wracked Galveston reconstructing itself as a haven for pirates. We suggested that Galveston apply for a Federal License to Plunder, citing advantages such as ease of access to all the booty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Houston Company Exploits Vietnamese Workers, Suit Claims

    A Houston company has been exploiting Vietnamese workers by promising big bucks, bringing them over here to work near the Ship Channel and then gouging them for rent and transportation costs while putting them up in dilapidated housing, a lawsuit claims.Thus it has been in America since...well, sinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    A Modest Proposal for the Rehabilitation of Galveston

    We've seen the devastation first-hand, read the gloom and doom reports. Bolivar has been erased. UTMB's cutbacks threaten terminal meltdown for the Galveston economy. The schools are in peril. The beaches are ravaged.What is to be done?Predictably, there is a call for casino gambling on the island. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    Port Arthur Shares The Polluting Load

    Complain if you like of the pollution emanating from industries that line the Houston Ship Channel, but this week a petrochemical manufacturing plant in Port Arthur stakes its claim as one of the state's top-dog environmental scofflaws. BASF FINA Petrochemical Limited Partnerships has gotten whacke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2007

    Special Report: Toxic Town

    Raised less than two miles from the Houston Ship Channel, 49-year-old cancer specialist Dr. Peggy Connor for years had fantasized about chucking city life, and the industrial pollution that goes with it. “I wanted to move to a clean, safe place,” she says. In September 2006, Connor selected Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Get Lit: Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, by National Geographic

    Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, by National Geographic, is a husky 400-page to-do list that includes 400-color photographs and sells for $40. The first word that comes to mind when opening the spine of this baby is stately. All Geographic books are that. For the wande ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007
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    July 19, 2006

    He Does Have a Nice Glow to Him...

    Monica Fuentes Sure, it looks fine now. But just wait till it grows a head... It's not going to make any sense, so let me just say it: I jumped in the Houston Ship Channel. Yes, the same Houston Ship Channel that we all know runs from the East End though arguably the most industrialized 15 mile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006

    Kinky Talk

    Courtesy of Wayne Gilbert Kinky visited Houston this weekend. We can still smell the cigar. If you happened to see a mustached, cigar-toting dude in a big, black cowboy hat this weekend, chances are good that you espied one Kinky Friedman. The gubernatorial hopeful was in town for a fundraiser, as ... More >>

  • Music

    September 1, 2005

    The Return of the Houston Kid

    Rodney Crowell comes back to town with yet another great album under his belt

  • News

    January 27, 2005

    Over the Limit?

    PCBs may prompt a first-ever warning against bay speckled trout fishing

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Reminder of Houston's Industrial Roots

    Turning Basin observation deck

  • Dining

    January 4, 2001

    On the Waterfront

    Lunch with Rory Miggins

  • Culture

    October 26, 2000

    In Plane Sight

    Alex MacLean's aerial photography puts our development-happy city in its proper perspective

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    Raw Deal

    Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. But is anyone listening?

  • Calendar

    December 3, 1998
  • News

    October 9, 1997

    The Unchanging Face of Milby

    For more than 70 years, Milby High School has educated working class kids from the East End. In the early 1960s, I was one of them. I recently went back to Milby to see not what had changed, but what, if anything, remained.

  • News

    December 7, 1995
  • News

    April 14, 1994

    Trashing Houston

    To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go

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