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Young grads: You need a mentor

Careers are tricky to navigate. Young graduates need a mentor.  More »

BP cutting US shale jobs

BP confirmed on Thursday it has made cuts into its North American workforce but would not say how many jobs will be lost as it carves its shale business into a separate unit.  More »

Phillips 66 profits rise in first quarter

Refining giant Phillips 66 saw profits grow 12 percent in the first quarter, the company reported Wednesday morning, due to strong growth in its midstream business and earnings from a previously-announced subsidiary sale.  More »

The EPA Terminator

EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, in a recent speech said, “we’re coming after you” in discussing criticism of EPA science from some members of Congress and so called conservative groups.  Her remarks were in response of efforts to obtain studies on which the agency has based some of its regulatory actions. If it wasn’t for the […]  More »

The oil & gas industry needs a “Top Gun” moment

It’s disappointing that people can’t separate expertise in entertainment from expertise in other topics, particularly in matters of science and engineering. Taking that further, it’s an unfortunate sign of the times in the US that on matters of science, it actually seems that the more someone possesses scientific expertise, the more they are to be seen as shills for some large corporation, and therefore not worthy of the public’s trust.  More »

Chevron banks on Mideast oil for Calif. refinery

Chevron Corp. plans to run higher- sulfur Alaskan and Middle Eastern crudes when it completes work at Northern California’s largest refinery in 2016, not the Bakken oil helping spur the U.S. path to energy independence.  More »

Noble Energy earnings down 23 percent

Exploration and production company Noble Energy saw its first quarter profits slide 23 percent but pointed to growing production domestically and abroad.  More »

Small Wyoming town evacuated after natural gas explosion

A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.  More »

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »

Report: Geothermal market booming abroad, flat in U.S.

A new report says the geothermal industry is booming internationally but is stagnant closer to home.  More »

Safety of oil tank cars draws scrutiny

Rail industry representatives on Tuesday told federal investigators they need clear government guidance on how to boost the safety of tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol across the United States, lest they be penalized for making voluntary improvements that fall short of later mandates.  More »

Wearable technology in oil & gas: don’t be so hung up on the hardware!

A few weeks back I wrote a piece addressing some of the early skepticism some people have had with regards to using Google Glass for applications in oil & gas fields. I’ve gotten a few more similar comments (again focused on the possibility of a transmitting device such as Glass setting off other pieces of equipment, such as explosive wireline charges), so I thought I would elaborate more on why I’m optimistic about wearable technology transferring over to the oil & gas industry.  More »
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