On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, issued a tweet containing the following text: "The fossil fuel industry is now the equivalent of the tobacco industry. It creates death and destruction, then spends billions denying its responsibility. Let us...
The Bakken formation in North Dakota has been a laboratory of sorts as drilling techniques, materials and equipment have been developed and refined to efficiently develop the oil and gas resource. The next “discovery” in the Bakken may be related to property rights and something called “pore space,” subsurface...
Playing Political Games with Oil Pressure
North Dakota oil and gas producers have faced many hurdles from politicians and activists united by the goal to “keep it in the ground,” and recent actions in Washington state pose the latest, and highest, hurdle to date. Governor Jay Inslee, an announced Democrat presidential candidate with a $9...
Texas 86th Legislative Session, Texas oil & gas
The recently completed 86th legislative session was mostly good news for the Texas oil and gas industry. A state budget was crafted with no new taxes assessed on the industry. Several important bills passed involving produced water and lawful pipeline-construction protests; while our state regulators received adequate budget funding...
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We are living at a time when our ability to provide our own domestic energy supply has literally put us in the position of energy dominance, if not outright independence. Not only are we now producing enough oil and gas for our own domestic needs, but we have enough...
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The essence of your problem is not in Washington, D.C. or in the various state capitals: It is in the local communities in and around which you operate. The local communities are also where the potential solutions to your problem must originate. That is the lesson America’s oil and gas...
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There are few things — if any — that are more important to our lives than water. Without water, human life ceases to exist. Texas is all too familiar with frequent periods of drought and increasing demand on our water supply; when we think about challenges with water it’s usually...
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On April 16, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed SB 19-181 into law, initiating a sweeping overhaul of the state’s regulation of the oil and gas industry in the latest move of political activism aimed at oil and gas activities in the state. The new law creates a dangerous precedent...
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. Are Industry Participants Ready? Since lifting its 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil, the U.S. has opened hungry world markets to U.S. shale oil and created a new boom. Throughout the summer of 2018, U.S. crude oil exports consistently exceeded 2.0 million barrels per day, doubling the amount of exports...
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The oil and gas industry should expect a different legislative landscape over the next two years, as a change in leadership in the House of Representatives heralds the possibility of more oversight and a changed approach to the industry’s issues. After last November’s election, in which House Democrats won an...