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  • They Walked With Integrity

    They Walked With Integrity

    By Rebecca Hargus Howard Parker and Joe Parsley, this year’s recipients of the PBPA’s “Top Hand” award, are exemplars of what it means to be an oil and gas executive. And yet they are more than that, as well. Jan. 22 marks the grand and gala occasion, set for the Midland Center, in Midland, Texas. […]

  • Making Our Case: The Hydrofrac’ing Issue Part 1 of 3

    Making Our Case: The Hydrofrac’ing Issue Part 1 of 3

    By Jesse Mullins A Case to Be Made   It’s never hard to find an example. Like, for instance, the example that presented itself in the morning’s news, as this report was in progress. An example of what, you ask? An example of a subtle trashing of the oil and gas industry. Of loaded language. […]

  • Leasing’s Flip Side

    Leasing’s Flip Side

    By Hanaba Munn Welch We all know about the landman’s role, or at least we think we do. It’s all digging through records at the county courthouse, right? Well, it’s a lot more than that. And it’s a lot of things that most people, even most oil and gas people, never suspected.   Oil is […]

  • Drilling Deeper: Buy, Sell, or Get Out of the Way

    Drilling Deeper: Buy, Sell, or Get Out of the Way

      Deals, decisions, and other marketplace deliberations are all served up in this month’s miscellany of articles. These are the full versions of the “Drilling Deeper” news items that appeared as abbreviated versions in the print edition of the January 2015 PBOG.   Mega-Merger  Halliburton Company and Baker Hughes Incorporated announced on Nov. 17 a […]

  • Under the Rotunda: The Battle Begins

    Under the Rotunda: The Battle Begins

      By Lana Cunningham This month marks the commencement of a session worth scrutinizing. Jack Ladd, Jr., vice president and special counsel for the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, sizes up the 2015 Texas Legislative Session and what it means to the oil and gas industry.   Obtain more funding for roads. Check. Lift the export […]

They Walked With Integrity

They Walked With Integrity

By Rebecca Hargus Howard Parker and Joe Parsley, this year’s recipients of the PBPA’s “Top Hand” award, are exemplars of what it means to be an oil and gas executive. And yet they are more than that, as well. Jan. 22 marks the grand and gala occasion, set for the Midland Center, in Midland, Texas. […]

Making Our Case: The Hydrofrac’ing Issue Part 1 of 3

Making Our Case: The Hydrofrac’ing Issue Part 1 of 3

By Jesse Mullins A Case to Be Made   It’s never hard to find an example. Like, for instance, the example that presented itself in the morning’s news, as this report was in progress. An example of what, you ask? An example of a subtle trashing of the oil and gas industry. Of loaded language. […]

Geomechanics

Emerging Technology Brings New Life to “Old” Science       By Julie Anderson   Petroleum geomechanics is “the branch of engineering dealing with the mechanical behavior of geologic formations which influence the exploration, development, production, and storage of oil and gas,” as defined by GeoMechanics Technologies at http://www.geomechanicstech.com/geomechanics.html. In more simplified terms, “geomechanics answers the […]

Leasing’s Flip Side

Leasing’s Flip Side

By Hanaba Munn Welch We all know about the landman’s role, or at least we think we do. It’s all digging through records at the county courthouse, right? Well, it’s a lot more than that. And it’s a lot of things that most people, even most oil and gas people, never suspected.   Oil is […]

Drilling Deeper: Buy, Sell, or Get Out of the Way

Drilling Deeper: Buy, Sell, or Get Out of the Way

  Deals, decisions, and other marketplace deliberations are all served up in this month’s miscellany of articles. These are the full versions of the “Drilling Deeper” news items that appeared as abbreviated versions in the print edition of the January 2015 PBOG.   Mega-Merger  Halliburton Company and Baker Hughes Incorporated announced on Nov. 17 a […]

Under the Rotunda: The Battle Begins

Under the Rotunda: The Battle Begins

  By Lana Cunningham This month marks the commencement of a session worth scrutinizing. Jack Ladd, Jr., vice president and special counsel for the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, sizes up the 2015 Texas Legislative Session and what it means to the oil and gas industry.   Obtain more funding for roads. Check. Lift the export […]

Oil Patch Songs from the Permian Basin: Part 6 of 6

Oil Patch Songs from the Permian Basin: Part 6 of 6

In Tune with Their Place and Time by Joe W. Specht   Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers—Steve and Rudy—enjoyed a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s, combining tight-knit three-part harmonies with what one observer labeled as a mix of “Las Vegas glitz with down-home appeal.” Larry, the primary wordsmith for the group, […]

Difference Maker

Difference Maker

  Lucy Molina, Railroad Commission employee and recipient of a statewide “community involvement” award, expresses herself and lifts others’ spirits through a caring heart and a sensitivity to others’ needs. By Lana Cunningham   The teen-ager was 14, pregnant, and living with a man who physically abused her. When she would show up at Fort […]

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