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  • Getting and Keeping People

    Getting and Keeping People

    Increasingly, it is described as the biggest challenge facing companies in the Permian Basin. Recruitment and retention of qualified personnel is high on everyone’s list. High on energy companies’ lists and—because of that boom—high on the list of all other industries and services across the Basin regions of Texas and New Mexico. Here’s how to […]

  • Oil Patch Songs from the Permian Basin Part 2

    Oil Patch Songs from the Permian Basin Part 2

      By Joe W. Specht Where the Cotton Grows and the Rich Oil Flows A musical tour through the Permian oil patch can be a tour through the energy industry’s colorful past as well. Hank Harral and Jimmy Simpson lived the life in fact and in song. In our first (August issue) installment of this […]

  • Toward Allowing Exports

    Toward Allowing Exports

      Octane Energy CEO Jared Blong, serving on behalf of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, testified June 26 before Congress on the issue of lifting the U.S. ban on exporting oil. Editor’s Note: The following is the statement given on June 26 by Jared Blong, CEO and President of Octane Energy LLC, before the […]

  • Crossroads

    Crossroads

      Energy policy for the 21st century is no easy matter, as a conversation with Christopher Guith proves, and the biggest challenge lies in reaching the public with the facts.    “The energy industry is led by engineers. American engineers have built the world, but they are the worst communicators in the world.” – Christopher […]

  • Sing Me an Oil Song

    Sing Me an Oil Song

      By Joe W. Specht Don’t forget to click on the songs to hear the music on YoutTube. Freddie Frank, Slim Willet, and Wayland Seals penned and performed some petroleum-revering refrains. Editor’s Note: It might come as a surprise, this revelation that the oil business has had a musical genre all to itself. Surprising or […]

Getting and Keeping People

Getting and Keeping People

Increasingly, it is described as the biggest challenge facing companies in the Permian Basin. Recruitment and retention of qualified personnel is high on everyone’s list. High on energy companies’ lists and—because of that boom—high on the list of all other industries and services across the Basin regions of Texas and New Mexico. Here’s how to […]

Credit to Her Gender

Credit to Her Gender

  Rosalind Redfern Grover has a seat at the table. By Al Pickett, special contributor   Rosalind Redfern Grover readily admits she never planned on going into the oil and gas business when she left Midland to go to college at the University of Arizona in Tucson. But life doesn’t always follow the path that […]

Drilling Deeper: Success- Examples of it, Paths Toward It

Drilling Deeper: Success- Examples of it, Paths Toward It

  High achievement—as a topic and as an objective–is under discussion in some of this month’s array of truncated articles. As always, you are invited to sample these article intros below, and go to the PBOG website (pbog.com/DrillingDeeper) to get the full version of each one.   Fracking Tops Environmental Issues A full 57 percent  […]

Oil Patch Songs from the Permian Basin Part 2

Oil Patch Songs from the Permian Basin Part 2

  By Joe W. Specht Where the Cotton Grows and the Rich Oil Flows A musical tour through the Permian oil patch can be a tour through the energy industry’s colorful past as well. Hank Harral and Jimmy Simpson lived the life in fact and in song. In our first (August issue) installment of this […]

Toward Allowing Exports

Toward Allowing Exports

  Octane Energy CEO Jared Blong, serving on behalf of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, testified June 26 before Congress on the issue of lifting the U.S. ban on exporting oil. Editor’s Note: The following is the statement given on June 26 by Jared Blong, CEO and President of Octane Energy LLC, before the […]

The Rise of the Drilling Contractor

  Independent drilling contractors fuel a significant part of the Permian Basin’s production renaissance. By Paul Wiseman, special contributor That the Permian Basin is the epicenter of the planet regarding increases in oil production is not news—figures show 28 percent of North America’s onshore drilling rigs operate here. Half of the rigs in the nation […]

Crossroads

Crossroads

  Energy policy for the 21st century is no easy matter, as a conversation with Christopher Guith proves, and the biggest challenge lies in reaching the public with the facts.    “The energy industry is led by engineers. American engineers have built the world, but they are the worst communicators in the world.” – Christopher […]

Big and Getting Bigger

Big and Getting Bigger

  Texas’ second-biggest play, the Eagle Ford Shale, boasts five of the top 10 producing counties in the state, including numbers one through four. While it’s not expected to eclipse the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford will approach the Permian’s numbers in coming years. In less than six years, the Eagle Ford Shale in South […]

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