Much is at Stake in the Upcoming National Elections
Upcoming National Elections, we all know that a lot is at stake in this year. The U.S. presidency and Congress are up for grabs. Early polls suggest that President Trump is vulnerable in his race against Joe Biden to seek a second term. The slim Republican margin in the...
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There are many major issues facing the Texas Legislature during the 2019 session. In early August I attended an event in San Angelo called the West Texas Legislative Summit which gave us insight into what those issues will be. The Summit was well attended this year with a handful...
The stark reality in Congress today makes the 2020 race for the presidency even more crucial for the oil and gas business than it normally is The time has come for people in the oil and gas business — especially its senior executives and those who do government affairs work...
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...
War on Coal
First, they came for the coal industry, and I did not speak out — Because I was not in the coal industry. The battle over carbon will play a significant role in the long-term development of the tight oil plays in the United States. There is yet another push for...
The filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by fracking pioneer BJ Services Company after a $75 million financing deal fell apart is the big story.
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...
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...
Midterms
As the dust settled on election night 2018, we now begin to evaluate the consequences that the election’s results may carry with them. Specifically, how could the election and the changes it brings impact the oil and gas industry? First, the good news: In Colorado, Proposition 112 was handedly defeated,...
Russia and Saudi Arabia
As we leave the 2010s in the rearview mirror and accelerate into the 2020s, the past decade will be forever known as the decade of the “shale boom” “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Just as in Charles Dickens’ classic “A Tale of Two...
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...
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