OIL: Barefoot in the Park

If Houston's first civic distinction is as "the energy capital of the world," its second is perhaps equally enviable: a 1,466-acre park of woodland trails that is almost twice as large as New York's Central Park. Geologists have long suspected that Houston's Memorial Park sits on a pool of oil and gas, and now the city wants to tap it. The scheme has naturally aroused the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, but their distress pales beside that of the city's oil establishment. The oilmen are upset not because the city plans to drill in Memorial Park but because of...