March 13th, 2023 marked the Biden Administration’s final approval of the Willow Project. Mired in controversy, millions sent letters of protest and signed online petitions to fight the approval. And still, it came. Some may criticize this sudden about-face from an administration that has been more in line with...
Sean Strawbridge, AAPA Chairman
The primary mechanism for ports to unify under a common banner is through the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), based strategically in Washington, DC. Advocating for ports in general, while still proudly representing the Port of Corpus Christi, is industry-veteran, Sean Strawbridge. Strawbridge has newly been elected as...
Teague Egan
Lithium King Teague Egan Sitting fittingly in his Tesla Model S outside a massive 11,000 square foot R&D facility, Teague Egan, the magnanimous, energetic, and exuberant leader of explosive energy-technology start-up, EnergyX, sat down to an exclusive interview for our latest issue focusing on renewables. Behind a laid-back style, Teague’s...
The Three Sectors of the US Oil and Gas Industry: Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream An Overview of the US Oil and Gas Industry The oil and gas industry in the United States has traditionally been broken down into three main business sectors: upstream, midstream, and downstream. The upstream sector consists of...
On November 23, 2021, as the price for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil hit $78.50 per barrel, U.S. President Joe Biden issued an order to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to release 50 million barrels of oil from America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Concerned about his declining...
Every Revolution Brings Unintended ConsequencesPrior to the dawn of the 21st century, oil and gas drilling in the United States almost always took place in rural areas, out in the countryside and far away from housing developments or other populated areas. As a result, drill sites were most often...
Brian Freed EPIC
A Life of Work and Service “I probably have had the furthest thing from a straight-line path to where I am now that you’ll ever find,” Brian Freed, CEO of EPIC Midstream, told us when we sat down for our interview in September. “I started working when I was 12...
Ben Dell
  It is no secret that the shale oil and gas industry is in the midst of a phase of rapid consolidation, a move that was kicked off by Occidental Oil Co. with its acquisition of big independent producer Anadarko Petroleum in April 2019. Over the past two years, companies...
Moda Midstream: Navigating the Sea Change in American Energy Security
When, in December 2015, then-President Barack Obama affixed his signature to one of the many omnibus spending bills that congress has sent to various presidents over the last 15 years or so, few could have predicted the massive paradigm shift the act would have on America’s oil and natural...
Biden’s Energy Policy: A Potentially Tragic Consequence of the 2020 Election
Most Americans support the conceptual notion of moving away from fossil fuels toward a society that runs on 100% “clean” energy. Everyone wants to leave a legacy of clean air, clean water and an otherwise idyllic society to the generations that come after us. That impulse seems to be...