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Women in Oil & Gas
From the Spindletop to the shale revolution, the major historical accomplishments of our industry are well known. And while oil and gas currently lags behind in hiring and promoting women in oild and gas — who are only 15% of the workforce — there are several little-known women who...
ompeting Oil Companies Work Together
Fields in the Permian Basin flow with more oil and natural gas than anywhere else in the world, yet the employees working in them live in a child care desert. Four major competitors — Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Chevron U.S.A., EOG Resources and Occidental Petroleum — recognized this issue and recently...
The University of Texas was host to possibly the most ironic and ill-conceived protest in history in late October. As reported by the Daily Texan student newspaper: “The UT Center for Enterprise and Policy Analytics at the McCombs School of Business hosted the lecture in the Cockerell School of...
The Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system implies a supremely customizable and configurable set of commercial and industrial software applications. The system can be used to support the management of any process chain in the midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors. The midstream oil and gas sector requires...
Natural Gas Makes the World Go Round
The world’s population, fast approaching the ten billion mark, is a milestone to be reached around 2050, so increasing global agricultural output by mid-century should be a priority if everyone on Earth is to be fed. Strangling the supply of natural gas and ammonia — and consequently the amount of fertilizer produced...
air pollutants
The EPA came out with an online report titled simply “Our Nation’s Air.” It should make all environmentalists smile. It won’t, of course. Too many of the more extreme members of that group today want issues more than they desire real progress. Yet, the data is undeniable; clean air...
We are still a long way from Nov. 2020, but if one of the Democrat candidates wins the election you are going to need more than President Carter’s cardigan to keep warm. The candidates’ positions on energy and the environment are changing faster than the weather. Of course, Sen. Bernie...
Looking back on 2019, it is amazing how the headlines in the energy world continue to be more of the same, in terms of both achievements and challenges — only more so. In fact, on the day I’m writing this column, one of the headlines is, “US crude oil...
Texas has the most wind capacity of any state, generating about 16% of its electricity from wind. In August, as temperatures rose to over 100 degrees and consumers increased their use of air conditioning, Texas’ grid operators struggled to meet the record demand for electricity. Many of the wind...
water recycling
Oil and water may not mix, but in Texas, they are deeply connected to our success in oil and gas production. To maintain our energy production dominance and continue decreasing reliance on foreign imports, Texas must continue to improve how we handle produced water. One answer is to increase the...