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  • 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 […]

  • The MWD Revolution

    The MWD Revolution

      MWD technology has transformed the drilling industry, taking an impossibility—horizontal drilling and its related technologies—to successful new heights, er, depths. By Al Pickett, special contributor   New technology has revolutionized the oil and gas industry, helping companies find new hydrocarbons and drill wells most efficiently. There may not be a better example of that […]

  • Renting Comes Into Its Own

    Renting Comes Into Its Own

    The big boom has created big business for the rental industry. By Shanti Terry   In the oil and gas industry, it’s a well-known fact that the rental industry is big business. With big companies, big equipment, and big benefits for renters, rental companies stand to make big bucks if they can overcome a few […]

  • Drilling Deeper: Acquisitions, expansions, and media mixology

    Drilling Deeper: Acquisitions, expansions, and media mixology

    Acquisitions, expansions, and media mixology are all served up in this month’s miscellany of truncated articles. These are the full versions of the “Drilling Deeper” news items that appeared as abbreviated versions in the print edition of the December 2014 PBOG.   FourPoint Energy and EnerVest Expand FourPoint Energy, LLC, and privately held institutional affiliates […]

  • Oil Patch Songs: The Only Thing That Mattered

    Oil Patch Songs: The Only Thing That Mattered

    Sam Baker and Buckshot Bradley made their marks singing about life out where the derricks stand tall and the pump jacks keep rocking to that steady rhythm. by Joe W. Specht   Sam Baker is well aware of the darker side to the oil patch. While attending North Texas State University during the 1970s oil […]

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 […]

The MWD Revolution

The MWD Revolution

  MWD technology has transformed the drilling industry, taking an impossibility—horizontal drilling and its related technologies—to successful new heights, er, depths. By Al Pickett, special contributor   New technology has revolutionized the oil and gas industry, helping companies find new hydrocarbons and drill wells most efficiently. There may not be a better example of that […]

Renting Comes Into Its Own

Renting Comes Into Its Own

The big boom has created big business for the rental industry. By Shanti Terry   In the oil and gas industry, it’s a well-known fact that the rental industry is big business. With big companies, big equipment, and big benefits for renters, rental companies stand to make big bucks if they can overcome a few […]

Drilling Deeper: Acquisitions, expansions, and media mixology

Drilling Deeper: Acquisitions, expansions, and media mixology

Acquisitions, expansions, and media mixology are all served up in this month’s miscellany of truncated articles. These are the full versions of the “Drilling Deeper” news items that appeared as abbreviated versions in the print edition of the December 2014 PBOG.   FourPoint Energy and EnerVest Expand FourPoint Energy, LLC, and privately held institutional affiliates […]

Oil Patch Songs: The Only Thing That Mattered

Oil Patch Songs: The Only Thing That Mattered

Sam Baker and Buckshot Bradley made their marks singing about life out where the derricks stand tall and the pump jacks keep rocking to that steady rhythm. by Joe W. Specht   Sam Baker is well aware of the darker side to the oil patch. While attending North Texas State University during the 1970s oil […]

Philanthropy Thrives in the Basin

Philanthropy Thrives in the Basin

  Area companies practice benevolence—alleviating individualized needs while elevating the local quality of life as well. By Julie Anderson The components of a company charter are varied depending on the company. However, one can assume the company name, purpose, objectives, structure, and scope of operations are all ingredients to be found residing somewhere in the […]

Let’s Drill, Baby, Drill

Let’s Drill, Baby, Drill

  A Texas songwriter/musician has written an oil patch anthem for American energy independence. by Joe W. Specht   If the title, “Let’s Drill Baby Drill,” doesn’t immediately catch your attention, then the opening verse of Mack Abernathy and Tres Womack’s spirited number certainly will. Don’t call us oil field trash—we fill your car with […]

Major Moves in Midstream

Major Moves in Midstream

The industry’s “mid-section,” the midstream sector, is in the midst of a massive metamorphosis. By Al Pickett, special contributor   To the moon and back: That is how Thure Cannon describes the extensive oil and gas pipeline network in Texas. “According to the Texas Railroad Commission’s Pipeline Mileage Chart, there are more than 425,000 miles […]

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