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...
Tom Wolf’s Bullying of Natural Gas Harms All Pennsylvanians
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, during his first term, put on as much of a happy face as the man could muster with respect to natural gas, knowing so much of the Keystone State economy depended on it. Reelection in 2018, though, freed Wolf to be the man he really...
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...
The Undelivered Promises of Climate Action Plans Adopted by U.S. 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 magical thinking, triviality and rhetoric in the place of calm, sober, clear-eyed thought. These Texas...
Industrial Electric Gas Boosters Promise Quieter, Cleaner, Hassle-Free Operation in Oil and Gas
In the oil and gas industry, gas boosters are ubiquitous products working hard and with little fanfare behind the scenes to pressurize liquids and gases to several thousand bar (30-50,000 psi) for leak testing of vessels, valves or piping; charging gas-operated actuators; and high-pressure gas transfer, cylinder charging and...
Managing Safety Amid New Challenges
Managing safety is important every day, but the year 2020 has plagued the oil and gas industry with challenges. The onset of COVID-19, coupled with the record free fall of prices, left oil and gas personnel frantically searching for answers while recovering from this shocking new life. Although historical,...
The big story today is obviously Chevron’s announcement that it plans to buy Houston-based Noble Energy in a stock exchange valued at just $5 billion.
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...
Mike Howard Knows His Priorities and Lives Them Every Day
Mike Howard Knows... An Essential Business in the COVID-19 Era. “We are an essential business. Since we are providing low-cost abundant hydrocarbons to our customers, downstream and upstream, we are an essential business. We’re the business that powers every other business. Without hydrocarbons other businesses don’t operate, so we were...
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,...
UT Permian Basin: Resiliency and an Innovative Spirit
Resiliency & an innovative spirit are part of what makes being a Falcon so special, and during this year, the UT at the Permian Basin exemplifies that! We’re only halfway through the year, but 2020 can be summed up simply: the year of uncertainty. It’s hard to believe that just...