Category: Social

Energy is the Key to Solving Income Inequality

When exploring solutions to income inequality policy makers pay close attention to the costs. The cost of healthcare. The cost of food. The cost of child care. The cost of housing. What about the cost of energy? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the average U.S. family spent over $4,600 or about […]  More »

What young professionals in oil & gas need to know about finding a mentor

This week, help for someone looking for some advice on mentorship!  More »

I want to volunteer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, but how?

Going above and beyond your usual duties to volunteer your time to the broader oil & gas industry is a sure way to be noticed professionally. What if doing so could actually be just as fun and personally rewarding as it is beneficial to your career? It certainly has been for me, so this week I offer my thoughts to a reader asking how to become more involved involved with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).  More »

Commentary: The best places to network in the oil & gas industry

The subject of networking comes up a lot in this column, and there’s a reason for that: I truly believe that it is THE most important way for both Young Professionals and more experienced ones to grow their career and give themselves options.  More »

One reader asks: new job or graduate school?

A reader from Thailand wants some advice on whether to carry on their current path, or indeed make a leap not only to higher education, but also an entirely different country.  More »

Social network for oil and gas industry debuts

Oilpro.com, a social network targeting those involved in the oil and gas industry, launched this week.  More »

Commentary: Looking past isolated incidents to see the big picture of safety in oil and gas

It has always frustrated me that the industry keeps relatively quiet following high profile incidents. Rather than take control of the narrative and seize the chance to provide as much clarity as possible, it tends to fall back on itself. This allows other groups to shape events to their advantage, and the damage to the industry’s reputation grows larger and lasts longer.  More »

Shell names new oil refining chief

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, named John Abbott as refining director to succeed Ben van Beurden, who will become chief executive officer in January.  More »

Some Non-Technical Advice For Starting Your Career In Oil & Gas

It should be obvious that I think very highly of the newest generation of oil & gas professionals, but in no way will I ever say that every one of us acts perfectly from day one on the job, or is equipped right from the beginning to deal with the rigors of the oilfield.  More »

“Experience” Is Not The Same Thing As Achievement

In oil & gas I’m dismayed to see that the phrase “has more experience” is sometimes used interchangeably with the phrase “has been around longer”. There’s a clear difference, and it’s important to see both what that difference is and what its implications are.  More »

Interior approves renewable energy sites in West

The Interior Department has approved three renewable energy projects in Nevada and Arizona that officials say will generate enough electricity to power nearly 200,000 homes.  More »

Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee inspires crowd at OTC reception

More than 800 OTC attendees and guests turned out for the UK-BP Energy Excellence reception at the Hilton Post Oak on Monday night, featuring Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee.  More »
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