Keffer May 2019
One of the benefits of being in charge of the Energy Law program at the law school at Texas Tech is being able to invite energy superstars to speak in our Energy Law Lecture Series. I recently hosted noted author and lecturer Robert Bryce, who is one of the...
AdobeStock 25508073
President Calvin Coolidge famously and accurately once said, “the chief business of the American people is business.” In his provocative book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Alex Epstein asserts that the oil and gas industry makes every other industry flourish. Since Col. Edwin Drake’s 1859 discovery well in...
November Sees Increase in Oil-Field Services Jobs
Texas — the first two images that spring to my mind are cattle and oil wells. Thinking a little deeper, I see wide-open spaces, small country churches, good people, BBQ, Tex-Mex and even football. Yes, these are stereotypes of Texas, but usually, stereotypes don’t become stereotypes unless there is...
U.S. mines produced approximately $82.3 billion in minerals in 2020, and according to the EIA, mining has the second-largest share of annual industrial energy consumption. It takes an incredible amount of energy to mine minerals, such as coal, metals, such as iron, copper or zinc, and industrial minerals, such...
Biosurfactants: The ESG-Friendly Technology Reviving Shale Profitability and Production
Shale is a big part of the U.S. energy industry supplying more than 63% of gross domestic oil and gas production, but it’s getting hit hard. Drilling new wells to offset steep production declines is difficult in the current capital-constrained environment. Current lower oil prices and decreased demand have...
washington monument PNBMNXZ
In early January, the Department of the Interior released the National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019-2024. The draft National OCS Program proposes to make more than 90 percent of the OCS acreage available for consideration for future exploration and development....
EFS Conference1

Eagle Ford Rises Again

0
The sixth annual Eagle Ford Consortium conference was held June 7–8 at The University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus. Long gone are the heady days, when the first conference in 2012 sold out and then oversold, ultimately to more than 500 attendees. By the third year, it...
Proration Order
In 1956, Hollywood released the classic film “Giant.” It was an adaptation of a novel by Edna Ferber, telling the story of “big oil” in Texas. It was loosely based on Ferber’s impressions of the iconic King Ranch (a ranch in Texas that is larger than the entire state...
The turbulent oil and gas landscape over the last few years has forced the oil and gas industry to a deep introspection and re-examination of the changes needed to adapt to an environment of unpredictable oil price. This situation has lent real urgency to the efforts to improve operational...
AdobeStock 57761704
For years, shale development in the Appalachian Basin has been routinely — and erroneously — met with skepticism. Anti-fracing activists and naysayers from national and regional media outlets have, at times, been quick to discount both the Marcellus and Utica shales with headlines like “Shale Boom? What Happened?” “Ohio’s Utica...