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...
Affordable broadband continues to bubble up as an issue, too long unresolved, for underserved rural areas in Texas and other states. Because sparsely populated regions are not attractive for private-sector carriers, limited or expensive service constitutes the only option. Though satellite broadband internet is certainly available anywhere in the...
It’s no secret: activists, motivated by hard-core anti-fossil fuels ideology, have manipulated the law to slow down pipeline development. They’ve gotten to the governors of some states and pushed them to use certain powers granted to the latter under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act as a weapon...
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...
oil and gas
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...
SHALE Policy Article May 2019 3
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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