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The South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER) is encouraged by the news that ExxonMobil and SABIC have chosen to build a multibillion-dollar plastics manufacturing facility along the Texas Gulf Coast. This project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the region to create high-paying jobs and increase the tax base...
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Shanna Keaveny Company name: Texakoma Operating, L.P. Title: Vice President Industry: Oil & Gas E&P Tell me about your company. Established in 1982, Texakoma remains a family operated company. For the past 36 years, Texakoma has established and grown its oil and gas exploration, operation and production business, while remaining focused...
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Following a brief two-year hiatus that featured one-party control in the House, Senate and White House, with January’s arrival of the 116th Congress, many are rightly focused on how the return of divided government will impact energy policy in the U.S. While the new Congress has been convened for barely...
Campaign Politics: Feeding the Crocodile, Hoping He Eats You Last
In about two months, the election will be upon us. Television, radio, direct mail, and digital ads are in the air (or on your screen). Unfortunately, so is the aroma of political posturing. Pollsters and pundits would have you believe that there is no chance Joe Biden loses to our...
Hurricane season is here again! I’ve spent much of my life tracking hurricanes and studying the science. Severe storms have intrigued me since I was a kid. As a young man, I experienced flying into the teeth of one as a RADAR meteorologist and crewmember with the renowned U.S....
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Susanna Sabbagh Halliburton, Director, Global Marketing & Communications What does your typical day at the office look like? No two days are the same, but overall my days are about our internal communications as much as marketing. My focus is on creating clarity, consistency and alignment on how we talk about what...
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For decades, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have watched an overwhelming number of manufacturing jobs — particularly steel manufacturing jobs — leave the United States, which led to the region being nicknamed the Rust Belt. During the same time period, the middle class started to shrink and union households...
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The world is changing and Texas is changing with it. Social contracts, corporate citizenship and sustainability are common terms in today’s energy boardroom discussions. These are no longer buzzwords; they are principles that help shape the regulatory framework in our State. One readily hears the echo of the social...
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Bakken Shale — North Dakota/Montana Spurred by strong production results in the Bakken and Eagle Ford Shale regions, Marathon Oil reported a second-quarter 2018 profit of $96 million. This compares to a $145 million loss for the same period in 2017. Continental Resources, also led by strong Bakken results,...
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Politicians, who promise to stem the seemingly inevitable growth and pervasive presence of government, typically follow one of these three imperfect equations: 1) they profess a certain position or philosophy (for political expediency) but don’t really believe it; 2) they genuinely believe a certain position or philosophy but lack the political...