New Technology Transforms Natural Gas Into a Multitude of Useful Products
Natural gas, a mixture comprising primarily methane and similar light hydrocarbon components, provides a relatively clean energy source for the United States. Thanks to widespread deployment of horizontal-drilling and hydraulic-fracturing technologies in recent years, natural gas is recovered abundantly, so much so that the U.S. now exports its excess...
The Impact of Data-driven, Automated Drones on the Oil and Gas Industry
The business impact and long-lasting benefits drones offer have put them on a clear path to becoming an industry standard. Automated drones have been tapped as one of the next game-changing innovations for the oil and gas industry, largely because of the substantial cost savings they offer. Additionally, drone...
Enabling the Energy Transition: How Green Financing Can Help Industry Reduce Global Emissions
The oil and gas industry today faces many tests and trials. With low commodity prices, reduced demand, changing geopolitical alignment, climate change challenges, regulatory uncertainty, investor rejection of fossil energy, decarbonization, Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG), and everything associated with the “energy transition,” many are asking how the industry will...
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...
Petroleum: Renowned Oil Professor Proposes Fracking Alternative
Dr. George V. Chilingar & Tomer (Tom) Tamarkin at the Chilingar LA. CA homeDr. George Chilingar is truly the Renaissance man of the petroleum and gas industry. As professor emeritus of the University of Southern California, he has over sixty years of research and teaching behind him. In the...
Managing Solar and Storage Global Supply Chains in the Age of COVID-19
Customers for solar panels and battery systems will be navigating various supply chain delays and disruptions from the pandemic for some time. Supply chain validation has become more critical than ever before as buyers of equipment with overseas supply chains must assess and manage their risk so as not...
Pennsylvania Leverages Its Natural Gas Advantage
Pennsylvania just enacted legislation that will leverage its natural gas advantage to stimulate the development of petrochemical and other businesses that use natural gas. That, itself, is a significant achievement that sets the Commonwealth apart from neighboring states such as Maryland and New York who have the same resources...
OSHA’s Latest Guidance
As part of its continuing series of industry-specific alerts issued in light of the pandemic, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published new COVID-19 control and prevention guidance specific to the oil and gas industry. It should be noted that OSHA considers...
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...
Oil ministers from the OPEC+ nations are meeting today to review compliance with their ongoing agreement to limit crude oil production and exports.
As menacing as it may be, sand is often required during hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations. With no alternatives typically available to serve as a proppant, sand is generally utilized along with water to prop open underground fractures for purposes of bringing oil and natural gas to the surface. The unwanted...
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