2021: What now for flaring?
Here in the U.S., we are among the top four countries for gas flaring in the world. According to the World Bank, together with our top-four peers — Russia, Iraq and Iran — we account for 45% of gas flaring worldwide and have done for three years running. What’s...
Women in the energy industry featured
The focus of this issue is on women in the energy industry, so I thought I would do my part in this column. In one sense, it is natural, if not automatic, to associate women with the common definition of “energy.” We all have stories we can tell about...
Developing Nations, Large Investment Will Help
Investments Will Change Lives in Developing Nations Three billion dollars will make a radical difference in the lives of people in developing nations needing electricity. Ventana Tek (VentanaTek.Com), an American company, finalized a major agreement with Nigeria. The green energy company will provide badly needed electricity with high-efficiency vertical wind...
Lithium Batteries Can Lead the Charge Against Climate Change
Often referred to as “white petroleum,” lithium is an integral part of the lithium-ion battery that you will find in your phone or laptop, as well as powering EVs and providing energy storage for major electrical grids. However, lithium is proving to be a double-edged sword. The global demand...
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In mid-June, the Trump administration moved closer toward rescinding methane rules imposed during the Obama administration that, on paper, would limit the amount of methane released into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations. Also in mid-June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a two-year ban on the requirement that...
The Pandemic’s Impact on Employer-Provided Medical Plans
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to mount, many Americans may be considering where to go for care if they develop potential symptoms. One important — yet potentially overlooked — resource is telehealth, which may enable people to connect 24/7 with a health care provider via a digital...
Methane Emission Regulations Rescinded?
It takes a talented team to successfully lease and operate over 160,000 acres of land across the Eagle Ford, Buda, Pearsall, Olmos, and San Miguel Basins. San Antonio-based BlackBrush Oil & Gas not only does this well, but also runs its integrated network of wells and tank batteries in...
shale revolution
Most of the time it is difficult, if not impossible, to recognize that a major sea change is taking place — especially when it is just getting started. The Barnett Shale seemed to burst on the scene around the 2004-2005 timeframe as an instant success. Like most...
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As a part of the community in South Texas, the oil and gas industry strives to be a good neighbor. The management of our natural resources is a top priority. We believe we should all do our part to be good stewards of the environment, contribute positively to the...
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It’s no secret that U.S. natural gas production, led by the shale boom, is at record highs. In fact, gas production is currently running more than 5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) higher than it was a year ago. The U.S. is now the world’s largest natural gas...
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