98th Meridian Foundation
When we think about a meridian, if we think about meridians at all, we picture an imaginary line on a map with no significance that can be seen with the naked eye. But the 98th meridian is different, according to noted Texas historian Walter Prescott Webb and his first...
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Imagine being able to make a living doing what you love. Mike Mihalski of Sons of Liberty Gun Works gets to do just that. Founded in 2012 by two lifelong firearms enthusiasts and one U.S. Navy SEAL, Sons of Liberty Gun Works is the modern-day entrepreneur’s American dream come...
Distilled Spirits
Distillers in Texas continue to experience rapid growth, as evidenced by a recently released study by The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development, highlighting the economic impact on the state. For example, in 2008, only six distilleries reported production in Texas. By 2017, that number...
Alpha Energy Sets Sights on Pure Energy Oklahoma Rogers County Assets
The oil and gas industry’s talent pipeline is in dire need of repair. Skill shortages are damaging productivity, gaps are widening in every sector of the industry and ad-hoc attempts to source qualified workers are akin to wildcat drilling, rarely yielding the results businesses need to execute their plans....
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If you liked doing business in 2017, it appears that you will love doing business in 2018. Kiplinger is among those with a rosy forecast; citing data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the business publisher says we can look forward to a...
SHALE Magazine Rural Texas Transitions May 2019
Years ago, Texas was a predominantly rural state. Populations of cities and counties in the late 1800s and early 1900s were much more evenly distributed back then. If we look back to the 1860s, we would note that nearly 60 percent of the U.S. workforce consisted of farmers. In...
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Truck attainment has been a key challenge for private fleets, for-hire carriers, and organizations that rely on trucking across many industries, including manufacturing, construction and oil and gas. This challenge has been accentuated by the backlog of orders for Class-8 heavy-duty trucks, largely stemming from an American economy that...
Can hydrogen and renewable natural gas displace shale?
Today, corporate and state decarbonization announcements are progressing into actual strategic plans, often calling for increased production of hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG—cleaned methane from a landfill or anaerobic digester). These gases can use existing infrastructure while producing low-to-negative carbon emissions, making them an attractive lever for decarbonization....
MAKING THE GRADE Navigating Academic Challenges in Trying Times
For parents and caregivers striving for children to get a great education, these are challenging times. Continuously weighing the health risks of in-person learning against the balancing act of distance learning is a daunting task. Throw in the likelihood of learning loss from COVID slide and queue the pounding...
Checking in With the Permian Strategic Partnership
I recently had the opportunity of catching up with Tracee Bently, CEO of the Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP). If you will recall, Tracee was on the cover of the March/April issue of SHALE Magazine. (The issue is still available on our website.) In it, David Blackmon did an excellent...