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...
SHALE Featured Website Nov Dec 2018 National Parks
Recent months brought a wave of changes to oil and gas related policy and legislation. From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of the Interior (DOI) to the National Parks, the current administration is taking a good hard look at how to streamline processes to empower oil...
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...
Movies
Film is a powerful medium. From a policy perspective, few other forms of communication can so rapidly change public sentiment. This is particularly true of feature films. Although documentaries are certainly important — and this year they have seen a resurgence that includes “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and...
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...
Recycle Water
The tremendous population growth of the last 50 years and the arid nature of much of the state are major reasons Texans are concerned about water. If Texas is going to continue to be a good place to live, we must have adequate, clean water. A partial solution is recycling...
oil pump jacks
Anyone who lives and works in Louisiana is in Louisiana oil and natural gas. Someone close by, a relative or friend in any of the 64 parishes in the state, earns a living or enjoys retirement because of the opportunities offered by the industry. Decade after decade, billions in...
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,...
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...
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This past Jan. 10-11, the Future of the Region Conference took place at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo. The conference has been held every two years since 1993 as a way for stakeholders in South Texas to meet and discuss issues and concerns that cut across the...
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