INSTEAD OF A PREDICTION, HERE’S A PLAN
The theme for this issue is the outlook for the oil-and-gas industry in 2021. That is an impossible task, even under the best of circumstances. But when you add a little pandemic and a lot of political uncertainty, given the express animosity towards the new industry from the new...
2021 Oil and Gas Industry Outlook
Here at the end of 2020, we are pausing and reflecting on what we can expect for 2021. I think most people are hoping for and expecting a better year in 2021 than we had in 2020. Of course, only time will tell if the new year will be...
Yes, the Blue Wave Hit a Red Brick Wall, but Now What?
With all elections, we must recognize there are a multitude of factors that determine the results. Despite the consistent success delivered by the Trump administration in energy and environmental policy, Joe Biden has secured the necessary votes in the Electoral College to officially seal President Trump’s fate as a...
Protecting Against Overtime Lawsuits During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 has the potential to create a variety of wage and hour complications and may put employers at risk for violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This is especially true for oil and gas companies, given the industry’s unique reliance upon both skilled field workers and knowledgeable...
What Rocky Mountain Producers Can Expect Under a Biden Administration
Wyoming’s October 2020 Revenue Forecast shows exactly how hard the COVID-19 economic downturn has hit oil and gas producers in the nation’s Rocky Mountain West. While the state’s revenues were not as bad as predicted in May, the state still is expected to fall short of more than $450...
Biting the Hand that Feeds You: Virtue Signaling Against Oil and Gas
The North Face is inviting scorn and maybe a little coal into their petroleum-based stockings this Christmas. Why does a performance nylon apparel brand want to cut off their nose to spite their face? The North Face, a high-end outdoor brand, made the latest move in the never-ending quest to...
Why Natural Gas is the “Greenest” Energy of Them All
What exactly does “green energy” mean? Is it the amount of emissions involved? If so, are we talking about emissions connected with energy generation, energy distribution or energy equipment manufacturing?Or, is it about the amount of land consumed and the degree of disturbance? If so, are we including the...
Oil and Gas and the Economy in 2021
What began last March as a brief relocation from the office to a work-at-home setting eventually transitioned into something much more. The weeks bled into months, ultimately extending over the course of the year for many folks. The brake on economic activity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic sapped more...
Eating Well in the New Year
At this time of the year, many become diet conscious and look for healthier foods. Of course, part of a better approach is moderation in quantity. And Julia Child’s advice to keep moderation in moderation is classic. I offer two recipes that are moderately caloric yet delicious and, as...
ONE Future Pursues One Goal
The oil and gas industry has always been themed with using technology to improve processes. Using a similar approach, companies have sought to improve regulatory compliance and environmental protection. Established during the Obama administration in 2014, seven firms united as Our Nation’s Energy Future, better known as ONE Future,...