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In Texas, the month of April means the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. Gen. Sam Houston defeated Gen. Santa Anna in a brief fight on land that is now part of southeastern Harris County, securing Texas’ status as an independent republic. April is also known...
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Culture is the driving factor behind why people feel connected — whether it is within a company, an industry group, a recreational club or a nonprofit organization. Although often overlooked, connection is critical to organizational success and essential to unlocking extraordinary performance in employees. Many tech companies are known for...
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Once upon a time, we imagined flying cars. Think The Jetsons and Back to the Future. While we haven’t reached that point (yet), there’s a glimpse of the future on the market now: a flying all-terrain vehicle (ATV). The brainchild of CEO Stewart Hamel, the SkyRunner travels by land...
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I consider myself lucky to be a part of the oil and gas industry in South Texas. Our industry boasts a corporate culture that is both innovative and inclusive. Innovative because the oil and gas industry has a way of adapting to the various needs of the community and...
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As the state of Oklahoma once again faces a budget shortfall of about $900 million, lawmakers are looking to find ways to create new revenue, including eyeing potential new taxes on the state’s oil and natural gas industry. Meanwhile, oil and natural gas trade organizations and the State Chamber...
Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Stumbles but Still Expects Completion in 2021
President Trump wasted no time issuing executive orders to move stalled pipeline projects forward: the Dakota Access and Keystone XL. The United States is the No. 1 consumer of oil and boasts the largest pipeline network in the world. Pipelines are lifelines to the American economy and modern way...
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The history of the oil and natural gas industry in North America is in many ways intertwined with the history of the railroad, which in the mid-19th century became the main means of transcontinental transportation for Americans and Canadians. As these great railroad systems were constructed across the continent, the...
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Each issue I like to make a special visit to a location such as a restaurant, hotel, entertainment venue, etc. to share with readers what my thoughts are on the chosen location. This month, I was very excited to visit our friends at Fogo de Chão to have a...
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This issue of SHALE highlights company and industry culture, but there is a developing national culture in the U.S. regarding the energy industry, and oil and gas in particular, that should give us pause. At a time when the domestic oil and gas industry is discovering, developing and producing...
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American energy development has a long history, going back well into the 19th century. Our industry is also associated with older movies like 1956’s Giant and older equipment like the counterbalanced pump jack, which goes back to 1925. It’s great to have a colorful history — and to play such...