To put it mildly, Colorado’s oil and natural gas industry has undergone enormous changes over the past few years. The state — long known as a powerhouse energy producer — has faced daunting political and regulatory challenges along with a flurry of M&A activity that’s brought about sector consolidation. Today’s...
The Permian and the Eagle Ford: In the Lead Again
The 87th Texas Legislature has concluded its regular session. It started slowly with many members and their staff not even coming to the Capitol due to the COVID pandemic. SHALE Magazine reported on the top issues leading into session and lawmakers despite the slow start. It largely addressed all...
The Biden Administration’s Emerging Environmental Overreach: What the administration lacks in restraint on the climate agenda it makes up for in brazenness.
Each year, Congress launches dozens of investigations into issues, industries and individuals. These investigations, which are undertaken by the various congressional committees through which Congress conducts most of its official business, are subject to almost no limitations. As long as a congressional committee is duly authorized and acting within...
The Texas electricity grid is not stable. Everyone living in the state found that out the hard way in February. Many no doubt realized it again when the grid managers at ERCOT had to send out insufficient capacity warnings in April and June, asking customers to turn up their...
The Biden Administration’s Emerging Environmental Overreach: What the administration lacks in restraint on the climate agenda it makes up for in brazenness.
Amid an “Earth Day” lineup of sometimes curious political events, President Biden unilaterally pledged to double the United States’ climate promises under the doomed Paris Agreement, to which he recently re-committed the U.S. by using his pen-and-phone. This vow of massive emissions reductions came even as data showed that the...
The Shale Controversy – Understanding Both Sides
Views expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the editorial views of SHALE Magazine. The oil and gas industry is complicated and confusing to many people. For example, if you told a person on the street that in a typical shale well 20 million gallons of water are used in...
Vertical Rules in a Horizontal World
We had a running back on my high-school football team that was fast and could put a move on you. But his problem was that instead of running forward downfield towards the other team’s end zone (what commentators call running “north-south”), he had a tendency to run sideline to...
Big Chills and Strong Wills
I was born in the Midwest, and most of my extended family still lives there, so I am not unaccustomed to the hazards of winter weather. When we were kids, visiting my grandparents on the Nebraska plains was an adventure. We would almost always encounter icy roads and treacherous...
2021 Climate Report Pairs Big Banks and Fossil Fuels
Finding themselves at the heart of the Banking on Climate Chaos 2021 Fossil Fuel Finance Report 2021, controversial conclusions were drawn on the working relationship between the banking and fossil fuel industries. With the current and intensified animosity towards both sectors, neither fared well in the published analysis. Authored by...
The Last Decade – A Look Back at the past Ten Years of Oil and Gas Policy
In early January 2011, I took office as Texas’s newest Railroad Commissioner. From that vantage point, it appeared the industry’s major problem was a lack of production to meet demands for oil and gas, in large part sparked by the hostility of the Obama administration towards fossil fuels. The...
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