Steps to a Career Change in Difficult Times
Are you one of the scores of hard-working professionals whose career has been disrupted or eliminated? If so, you are on the front end of a career change. Contemplating your unknown future can trigger a flood of emotion. You might be angry, anxious or a little of both. Guess...
How Will Retirement Change Now That Women Are Taking Charge? Four Key Ideas That Will Transform Retirement For Everyone
In the 1960s and 70s, working girls came out in force. They began careers in greater numbers than ever before, breaking through stereotypes and barriers to become an essential part of the economy. They changed how workers looked, thought and acted.  We were two of them. Now, we are all...
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...
Finding a Career in Safety and a Calling in Lif
For many, selecting the right career path can be a daunting task with happiness and self-contentment being difficult to obtain. Some are never fortunate enough to achieve this feat, and others seem to encounter this revelation when and where they least expect it. This would be the route Jenny...
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....
Investing
Shale oil is tight oil from deposits that were unworkable just a few decades ago. Recent technology introduced new costs to the oil extraction process. Thus, shale oil costs more than conventional oil to extract and is a higher risk investment. In comparison to conventional wells, shale oil production costs...
Due to COVID-19, retail shopping will never be the same
COVID-19 represents a sea change for retail services that will alter the customer experience for years, perhaps decades to come. What at first appeared to be a temporary aberration is taking on a measure of permanence. Some have even resorted to reframing the popular aphorism as the new “abnormal.” Key...
The Future of Natural Gas
A look into the future of natural gas with excerpts from “The Future of Buildings, Transportation and Power” In the first two decades of the 21st century, natural gas has been the primary winner in the electric generation industry. Gas should continue its success in the near-term, both in meeting...
This past April, just ahead of futures contract expirations, the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil did something it’s never done—it went negative, all the way down to minus $37.63 per barrel. In short, U.S. exploration and production companies overwhelmed storage facilities, which essentially reached capacity. At the...
Managing Safety Amid New Challenges
Managing safety is important every day, but the year 2020 has plagued the oil and gas industry with challenges. The onset of COVID-19, coupled with the record free fall of prices, left oil and gas personnel frantically searching for answers while recovering from this shocking new life. Although historical,...