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...
Back to School Health and Safety
Back to school health and safety is a priority for every parent this coming August, so we are here to share a helpful article from IDEA Public Schools. The safety, health and well-being of every IDEA scholar is always our top priority. As we gear up for another great year...
Q&A with Cye Wagner, Chairman of the Board at the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
Cye Wagner now leads the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers is one of the most long-standing oil and gas industry trade associations in America, with a legacy that goes all the way back to 1930. With more than 2,600 current members, the Alliance is also the largest state-based trade association for...
Gender in the oilfield
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 15, 2020, that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This momentous, 6-3 decision came in Bostock v. Clayton County, in which the plaintiff claimed he was fired because he...
UT Permian Basin: Resiliency and an Innovative Spirit
UT Permian Basin Navigates the Uncertainties of the 2020 Academic Year Resiliency & an innovative spirit are part of what makes being a Falcon so special, and during this year at the UT Permian Basin exemplifies that! We’re only halfway through the year, but 2020 can be summed up simply: the...
Undelivered Promises of Climate Action: The Uncertain Future of Zero Carbon Emissions in Texas Cities Undelivered Promises of Climate Action has run arash and spreading across Texas cities. Its recent victims have included Austin, Houston, and, most recently, San Antonio. This disease is worse than most, primarily because it encourages...
The Future of Natural Gas
A look into the future of natural gas with excerpts from “The Future of Buildings, Transportation and Power” In the first two decades of the 21st century, natural gas has been the primary winner in the electric generation industry. Gas should continue its success in the near-term, both in meeting...
This past April, just ahead of futures contract expirations, the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil did something it’s never done—it went negative, all the way down to minus $37.63 per barrel. In short, U.S. exploration and production companies overwhelmed storage facilities, which essentially reached capacity. At the...
An Innovation Journey: Advanced Lead Batteries
Innovation in advanced lead batteries has been a constant theme in the long history of this technology. Lead batteries have served as the world’s primary source of rechargeable batteries for more than a century, and their journey of innovation has been just as long. From ushering in carbon-reducing start-stop technology,...
Sending Your Child Back to School Amid COVID and Chaos
Back to School time is naturally stressful for everyone. It’s natural for parents and kids to feel a little apprehension as the first day of the new year of school approaches. In past years, there may have been butterflies in the stomach about making friends, getting good grades, being...