Wyoming’s Powder River Basin Sees BLM Approval for 5000 New Oil Wells
There’s nothing like shale for resiliency. It has, time and again, prevailed over supposed deaths of its future. Indeed, from the very moment of its initial success, supposed “experts” have been predicting it was but a passing fad, a money pit or a disaster waiting to happen. Ian Urbina...
Proposed DOL Guidance Broadens Definition of Independent Contractors for Oil and Gas Employers
Independent contractors have long been a mainstay in the oil and gas industry. Given the ebbs and flows of the industry, contractors allow for much-needed flexibility. But, using contractors can sometimes create risk, particularly if the relationship is not handled correctly. Care must be taken to ensure independent contractors...
TEXAS TECH: THE ENERGY UNIVERSITY
After thirty years in practice with two law firms, an oil-and-gas company, and my own firm, there were two aspects that made the offer to become a law-school professor at Texas Tech in 2014 intriguing to me: one was the law school’s emphasis on wanting to hire a practitioner,...
Steps to a Career Change in Difficult Times
Are you one of the scores of hard-working professionals whose career has been disrupted or eliminated? If so, you are on the front end of a career change. Contemplating your unknown future can trigger a flood of emotion. You might be angry, anxious or a little of both. Guess...
How Will Retirement Change Now That Women Are Taking Charge? Four Key Ideas That Will Transform Retirement For Everyone
In the 1960s and 70s, working girls came out in force. They began careers in greater numbers than ever before, breaking through stereotypes and barriers to become an essential part of the economy. They changed how workers looked, thought and acted.  We were two of them. Now, we are all...
Myrtle Jones: A Remarkable Woman with a Remarkable Story
“I was truly raised by a village, you know.” “If you had asked me when I was a little girl growing up in Heidelberg, Mississippi, if I would end up being the Senior VP of Tax at Halliburton, I would’ve said ‘absolutely not.’ It is something that was just inconceivable...
Los Alamos Science Shows Improvements in Shale Natural Gas Production
When honest historians — if we have any such thing left in America — look back at the first 20 years of the U.S. Shale business, I have little doubt that two overriding themes to describe the industry will emerge: transformational and resilient. To say that this industry has been...
Yes, the Blue Wave Hit a Red Brick Wall, but Now What?
There has been a massive increase in the size and scope of opposition to oil and gas in recent years. The calls for a fracking ban have come from every part of the left — from Bernie Sanders’ bill in January to ban all onshore and offshore fracking by 2025,...
The Texas Legislature Will Address a Big Agenda During its 2020 Session
The Texas Constitution requires the Texas Legislature to convene in Austin on January 12, 2021 at noon. Staying with their constitutional obligations, legislators must pass a two-year state budget and apportion the districts for Congress, State Board of Education, Texas Senate and House of Representatives seats as part of...
COVID, Cloudy Days and Chicken Fried Steak
COVID-19 has been a huge disruption to our lives as well as to the economy.   The disruption of demand caused oil prices to drop precipitously, even below zero for a short period, a historic collapse in pricing. The ramifications of this collapse to the economies of Texas and other...