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The Planner “You have to be deliberate and take your time, and don’t get ahead of yourselves. You have to watch out for each other because somebody gets a tear in their glove, or something like that, that has skin exposed, you can get frostbite.” Tommy Nusz, Chief Executive Officer of...
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The history of the oil and natural gas industry in North America is in many ways intertwined with the history of the railroad, which in the mid-19th century became the main means of transcontinental transportation for Americans and Canadians. As these great railroad systems were constructed across the continent, the...
For Jim Wright, Looking Out for Texas is a Way of Life
Jim Wright, Texas’s newest addition to the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), learned the value of hard work growing up on a working ranch — one with its own mining business to boot — near the tiny settlement of Bluntzer, Texas. The lessons he learned at a young age served...
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. Managing a Business Filled With Risk Today’s oil and gas industry is one of the most high-tech businesses on the planet, an industry that consists of thousands of highly-competitive companies that adopt a growing array of new digital solutions every day of the week. Big business deals aren’t done based...
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...
Congressman Michael Cloud
The nature of bottlenecks is that the resolution of one generally results in others developing further downstream. We see this in automobile traffic, where the clearing up of an accident or the adding of new lanes of one stretch of freeway ends up creating another bottleneck down the road. We...
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A State With a Stormy History Anyone who has lived for any period of time to the east of I-35 in Texas has experienced some impacts from a tropical storm or hurricane. Texas lore is indeed filled with major storms that have decimated the towns, cities and ports along the...
Chairman Wayne Christian
In many ways, the story of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is the story of the last century of America’s oil and gas industry. In part, that’s because 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Railroad Commission’s authority to regulate the oil and natural gas industry in the...
Ryan Zinke, the former Commander in the U.S. Navy SEALs who served as Secretary of the Interior throughout 2017 and 2018, is quite happy about being out of Washington, D.C. He made that clear when we opened our recent interview by asking, “How are you today?” “You know, outstanding! Free...
Tom Pyle
Tom Pyle and IER: Punching Above Their Weight for Energy When a person hears the term “think tank,” the mind naturally turns to politically-oriented entities like the Brookings Institute, the Cato Institute, Harvard University’s Kennedy Center and the Hoover Institute at Stanford. Those institutions and many others formulate policy positions...