In the years since the original show premiered in 1966, the core cast of “Star Trek” have become household names to most folks – William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, and of course, Nichelle Nichols. Yet despite the notoriety of the television series,...
It is no secret that the shale oil and gas industry is in the midst of a phase of rapid consolidation, a move that was kicked off by Occidental Oil Co. with its acquisition of big independent producer Anadarko Petroleum in April 2019. Over the past two years, companies...
Tom Wolf’s Bullying of Natural Gas Harms All Pennsylvanians
The truth can seldom be obfuscated for long. Despite myriad headlines advocating green new deals and attacking fossil fuels, natural gas is riding high and is very much still "King of the Hill" when it comes to energy. A recent Today In Energy post from the U.S. Department of Energy...
Hurricane season is here again! I’ve spent much of my life tracking hurricanes and studying the science. Severe storms have intrigued me since I was a kid. As a young man, I experienced flying into the teeth of one as a RADAR meteorologist and crewmember with the renowned U.S....
With energy prices trending up and the U.S. economy on the rebound despite the COVID-19 pandemic, some oil and gas companies will move quickly to take advantage of this upswing in the business cycle. As business picks up, now is the time to take stock of lessons learned from...
What is one without the other? Recently, we discussed certain provisions royalty owners should pay attention to with respect to their oil and gas leases and what they can do to protect their oil and gas leases in the event a producer or downstream purchaser files for bankruptcy. This...
Construction and oil and gas exploration sites are not oblivious to the risk of deaths from scalds or electrical burns caused by fire outbreaks. Therefore, the implementation of fire safety measures has become imperative across industries, especially those at higher risk of such accidents. According to a recent report by...
Whether natural disasters, cybersecurity attacks or global pandemics, workplace disturbances occur frequently and when companies least expect them. Disaster preparedness and business continuity plans (BCPs) have never held more importance, especially with the events this past year has offered. A wide variety of hazards can occur in the workplace,...
Because my specific area of practice for many years related to the oil-and-gas industry, during my four years in the state legislature, I had a particular interest in legislation dealing with oil-and-gas issues. At the outset of my tenure, I remember being surprised to learn that, out of 150...
The Texas electricity grid is not stable. Everyone living in the state found that out the hard way in February. Many no doubt realized it again when the grid managers at ERCOT had to send out insufficient capacity warnings in April and June, asking customers to turn up their...