Houston asks oilman to help with hard choices after Harvey
October 6, 2017
HOUSTON (AP) — As Houston confronts the immediate and long-term crisis created by Hurricane Harvey, it's turning once again to an oilman.
The choice of former Shell president Marvin Odum to advise the mayor on storm recovery efforts reflects Houston's history as a Texas oil town, long before it became the nation's fourth-largest city with a sprawling mix of skyscrapers and multiethnic strip malls on the Gulf of Mexico.
Several oil companies are headquartered in Houston, and oil money helped build its downtown, its priciest neighborhoods and its cultural centers.
One of the biggest challen...