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...
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...
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...
Some Reasons for Optimism at the End of a Troubling Year
One would have to dig deep to find a year that has been more difficult for the U.S. oil and gas industry than 2020, an effort likely to end up being futile. As dark as this year has been, however, a quick look back at recent history shows that...
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...
“Feeling Great in 15 Minutes – The CliffsNotes Version”
What Are Cognitive Distortions Anyway? What are cognitive distortions and why might you be interested in them? The term cognitive may sound pretty intimidating or overly intellectual, but it has a simple meaning. Cognition is just a fancy word for a thought. It’s the way you think about what’s happening....
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...
Can the Oil Industry Avoid Drilling Itself out of Prosperity For Once?
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...
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,...