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...
Inspiring Business Women: Jane Gimler
Jane GimlerCompany name: ABC Texas Coastal Bend ChapterTitle: PresidentSHALE: Tell me about your company.ABC Texas Coastal Bend Chapter is the leading association providing the most valuable resources for the Coastal Bend construction industry, dedicated to our members’ prosperity and promoting the free enterprise system. We are the construction industry...
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...
Making Strides in High-Efficiency Power Generation With the STEP 10 MWe Pilot Project
Construction has been completed on the building where breakthrough supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) technology for clean, compact, and high-efficiency power generation will be demonstrated. The transformational technology dramatically improves environmental performance, economics, and operational flexibility, and it is much more compact than conventional steam power cycle technology. Located on Southwest...
Elections Have Consequences
Undoubtedly, the year 2020 will be remembered for many reasons. Another one of those reasons is upon us as we near Election Day on November 3. It is a presidential-election year, and it seems we are told every four years that it is the “most important election” in a...
California’s Blackouts Are the Green New Deal in Action
In mid-August, much of California suffered rolling blackouts that had as many as 10 million Californians going without power for days at a time. The excuse used by officials was a series of forest fires that hit vast swaths of the state’s rural areas, but this is nonsense. These...
Activity Ramps up Regarding Regulation of Methane Venting & Flaring
Attention over methane leaks, venting and flaring has undoubtedly increased in recent weeks as a number of actions have taken place at the federal and state levels that have significant longer-term implications. Texas and New Mexico In August, the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) took steps moving it closer to reducing flaring...
Must-See Texas Museums
Oil and natural gas are arguably the most important product in the world. In 2019 there were 96 countries in the world producing oil and natural gas. World statistics in 2018 show that over 55% of world energy production comes from oil and natural gas. The world’s economy would...
Gender in the oilfield
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 15, 2020, that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This momentous, 6-3 decision came in Bostock v. Clayton County, in which the plaintiff claimed he was fired because he...
Tom Wolf’s Bullying of Natural Gas Harms All Pennsylvanians
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, during his first term, put on as much of a happy face as the man could muster with respect to natural gas, knowing so much of the Keystone State economy depended on it. Reelection in 2018, though, freed Wolf to be the man he really...