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...
The U.S. oil and gas industry has traditionally been broken down into three distinct business sectors: upstream, midstream and downstream. The upstream sector consists of those individuals and companies who explore for and drill wells to produce the oil and natural gas. The midstream sector consists of companies that...
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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...
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...
Tracee Bentley - Shale Mag March/April
Tracee Bentley - Partnering in the Permian The Permian Basin is a very big place. A vast expanse encompassing most of West Texas and the Southeastern quadrant of New Mexico, the region is roughly the size of the entire state of Utah. Like Utah, most of the Permian is characterized...
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...
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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...
Jason Modglin
Jason Modglin Jumping Into Leadership at the Toughest Possible Time2020 has been a tough year for the oil and gas business. Most agree that it is the worst climate for the industry since at least the bust of the mid-1980s, and possibly the worst since the 1930s, once all...
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...
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These are exciting times for everyone involved with the Port of Corpus Christi. On September 9, 2017, the Port of Corpus Christi agreed to terms with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a plan to widen and deepen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. This news became the centerpiece...