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UAE Quitting OPEC?
(Editor’s Note: As we went about putting this issue of SHALE Magazine together, the Texas Railroad Commission had just finished a month-long process during which it considered and rejected proposals to limit production in Texas through its power of prorationing. Because it became such a controversial issue, I felt...
Proteus Pill
In November, the FDA announced that it had approved the first digital pill, which had been developed in a partnership between Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Proteus Digital Health. What in the world is a digital pill, you might ask, and why is that something to get excited about? Or, is this...
Steel Tariffs
When all is considered, there is no doubt about the fact that more jobs will be lost economy-wide than will be gained or saved because of steel and aluminum tariffs and import quotas.
Trump
Shortly after assuming office, former President Barack Obama famously told the Republican congressional leaders, “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” Truer words were never spoken. Indeed, what a difference an election makes. Half a year ago, companies in the U.S. oil and natural gas...
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History matters. On Dec. 19, 1890 Art. X, §2 of the Texas Constitution was amended to include a provision forming the Railroad Commission of Texas, stating the “Legislature … may provide and establish all requisite means and agencies invested with such powers as may be deemed adequate and advisable...
Chevron’s Appalachian Assets in EQT’s Sights
If enacted, their policies would abruptly end new natural gas extraction, drive up the cost of energy, cost many tens of thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania, create big holes in state and local government budgets, and increase our dependence on foreign energy sources once again On Nov. 7, Pennsylvania Senator...
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...
The price for WTI continues to hover right around $40 per barrel this morning. That key U.S. index has remained within $1 of that mark for two solid weeks now
In light of Saudi Arabia’s and Russia’s current attempts, as well as those of their corporate and government-sponsored accomplices, to kill the American oil and gas industry, it’s important for Americans to be reminded of — or be told about for the first time — what their home-grown energy...
Trade Associations
In mid-June, I read with great interest a farewell message written by DrillingInfo’s Chairman, Allen Gilmer, to the members of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO), where he has done a terrific job serving as the association’s chairman for the last two years. I’ve known Gilmer...
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Asking the Right Question

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The perennial policy tug of war between energy development and its effects on the environment has many components, and the position of any given politician, interest group or individual citizen is usually heavily influenced by the particular component that is considered to be paramount. But that doesn’t mean that...
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