Texas

Sheila McNulty

When it comes to Texas’ budget deficit, nobody is quite sure where the state stands. The comptroller does not release official figures until January. And with the energy industry resilient as ever, there has been much talk by Governor Rick Perry about how well Texas has held up. Oil prices are high and new plays – mainly the Eagle Ford, with its oil and natural gas liquids – and enhanced oil recovery on old fields, are producing strong returns. Read more

Sheila McNulty

In addressing the recent oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, the US government has swung into action, mobilising the military and high-level officials for months on end. But roughly 350 miles east, the slow-motion environmental disaster above Houston continues unabated. Because air pollution is not only invisible, but its impact on health and the environment is not immediate, it provokes little outrage; there are no images of oil-soaked birds or devastated fishermen to provoke media ire and political action. Read more

Sheila McNulty

The oil industry is taking its lobbying to the streets on September 1, when it will stage rallies in three Texas cities – Houston, Port Arthur and Corpus Christi. Read more