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New Geopolitics Means Arctic Oil, Mega-projects’ BAU Could be Uphill

Western oil leaders may be worrying that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Crimea will lead to a ban on international investment in the Russian Arctic, but if it does, that would be doing US companies a favor. The prospects that such mega-investments will remain profitable over 20 years looks questionable at best, even […]  More »

Juggling family and field work when considering how to start an oil & gas career

Achieving proper work/life balance is tough. Achieving that balance when your life involves a family you have to take care of and when you your career involves long trips to remote field locations is even tougher. To the extent that field work is in my opinion necessary for any young technical professional starting out their career in oil & gas, how does one weigh up the future benefits of this work with the current personal costs?  More »

Prosecutors ask $197M fine for CITGO in 2006 spill

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The Justice Department wants a federal judge to fine Citgo Petroleum Corp. at least $197 million in a Clean Water Act enforcement lawsuit filed in a 2006 oil spill at the company’s Lake Charles refinery. The Advocate reports the Justice Department argued in court filings this month that the legal maximum […]  More »

Natural Gas: The Hostage of History

On March 25, Senator Landrieu, the new chair of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing addressing the logjam on exports of natural gas.  That this hearing should even be held is a prime example of the unintended consequences of federal laws that have long since become obsolete. In 1938, Congress […]  More »

Android Wear an important step for wearable technology in the oil & gas industry

A few weeks back I wrote a piece on how smart watches could play just as important a role as Google Glass in bringing wearable technology to the oil & gas fields. Unfortunately, adoption of these smart watches has so far been slow, due to limited functionality and a fragmented set of platforms on which […]  More »

Working in oil & gas shouldn’t just be about the money

I know doctors do very well, but I would rather do math and physics than biology, and I dislike the sight of blood. I knew that going back to high school, so pursuing a career in medicine just for the money would have been disastrous for me.  More »

Commentary: Russia and Ukraine — The Energy Angle

Even with all the speculation and debate about Vladimir Putin’s nationalistic motives for Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, there still seems to be room for more thoughtful consideration of the oil and gas aspects of the conflict.  More »

Industry sings ‘Happy birthday to fracking’ today

From Fuel Fix: HOUSTON — The oil and gas industry is launching a social media campaign to promote hydraulic fracturing by highlighting Monday as the hotly debated technology’s 65th birthday. On March 17, 1949, Halliburton conducted the first commercial fracking job, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Hydraulic fracturing involves treating oil and gas wells […]  More »

The Consequences of Procrastination

The Crimean situation demonstrates the unintended consequences of procrastination and policy driven by climate ideology.  Although the US and EU may impose biting sanctions on Russia for its invasion of the Ukraine, the economic and political consequences may be worse because of the repeated failure of the West to face up to the reality of […]  More »

Oil mars swamp months after crude train crash

The isolated wetland smelled like a garage when a reporter from The Associated Press visited last week, and the charred skeletons of burned trees rose out of water covered with an iridescent sheen and swirling, weathered oil.  More »

Mexico anticipates energy overhaul will bring in billions

The opening of Mexico’s energy market is expected to bring in as much as $35 billion in outside investment, a Mexican oil executive says.  More »

Senate panel to consider opening US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote as early as Wednesday on a plan to accelerate exports of U.S. natural gas as part of a broader measure to steer aid to Ukraine.  More »
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