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2021 Oil and Gas Industry Outlook
The U.S. Oil and Gas Industry Sighs With Relief as 2020 Comes to a Close
The year 2020 has come to a merciful end, and praise the Lord and pass the pancakes for that bit of good news. When the publisher of SHALE Magazine and host of In the Oil Patch radio show, Kym Bolado, asked me during one of our December shows if the...
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...
Where Does Energy On Our Planet Come From?
There are three primary sources of material amounts of energy on Earth. The word material means an amount of energy greater than 3% of total worldwide energy demand, combining all transportation sectors, industrial, commercial, residential, agricultural, potable water production and its movement. (Energy sources such as thermal piles, batteries,...
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...
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...
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...
The Future of OPEC+

The Future of OPEC+

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The UAE’s decision to play hardball at the most recent OPEC ministerial and OPEC+ meetings in early December was based on three factors. First, it believes that amongst the winners and losers of the OPEC+ deal first agreed in April, it belongs firmly in the latter category, given that...
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...
For Jim Wright, Looking Out for Texas is a Way of Life
Jim Wright, Texas’s newest addition to the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), learned the value of hard work growing up on a working ranch — one with its own mining business to boot — near the tiny settlement of Bluntzer, Texas. The lessons he learned at a young age served...