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As soon as you read the title of this article, someone (or perhaps multiple individuals) may pop into your thoughts. Because we all have different personalities, varying backgrounds and unique opinions on how things should be done, we are bound to encounter problems with others in the workplace. As...
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...
Proposed DOL Guidance Broadens Definition of Independent Contractors for Oil and Gas Employers
Independent contractors have long been a mainstay in the oil and gas industry. Given the ebbs and flows of the industry, contractors allow for much-needed flexibility. But, using contractors can sometimes create risk, particularly if the relationship is not handled correctly. Care must be taken to ensure independent contractors...
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When and where does leadership start? It begins in childhood and develops throughout a lifetime. One’s values and belief systems form the behaviors they bring to leadership. Their self-esteem and self-image play a huge role in the confidence they project. Business acumen, critical thinking and experience contribute to their...
How to Engage Utility Workers and Increase Safety by 70%
Employee engagement is an issue for many industries that rely on frontline workers. But energy and utility companies face unique challenges when it comes to connecting with workers. A widening skills gap and a growing labor shortage are adding up to a disconnected workforce. In fact, only 52% of utility...
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....
Oil & Gas & COVID-19
Oil and Gas & COVID-19 Hit Hard With the onset of COVID-19 and the resulting general-economic shutdown that is affecting much of the country, it is a challenging time to stay in business. But, the oil and gas industry has been hit particularly hard. In order to survive, oil and...
SHALE Featured Website Nov Dec 2018 Advancing Tech Blackmon
As I mentioned in our last issue, I’ve been employed in some way, shape or form by the oil and gas industry since my first summer job working as a welder’s helper on a pipeline crew in South Texas in 1976. The minimum wage at the time was something...
NEW FACTORY
Moving product can be a difficult feat. Large, long or awkward loads can present further challenges for companies. For many reasons, the safety and efficiency of transporting products should be of major concern for companies in a variety of industries. I had the pleasure of learning about a company...
SHALE Featured 10
Since its inception, technology has driven the development and transformation of the oil and gas industry. Technologies to locate and extract oil and gas reserves enabled the shale revolution, and a new revolution is around the corner for oil and gas exploration and production companies. While it might sound...