August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

Features

Houston: Undisputed Center Of The Oil-Gas Renaissance

That Houston is the hub of the oil and gas industry has been evident for decades. What is less obvious, though, are some of the unusual advantages the 600-square-mile Gulf Coast city has established that will keep its position of dominance secure for years to come. In some regards, Houston’s enviable position in the energy sector might have seemed like a longshot on the surface not that many years ago. After all, little drilling is done near the metropolitan area of 6 million residents, making federal Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers that show almost 40% of Texas’ oil and gas employees reside in the Houston metropolitan area a little difficult to fathom at first gl

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