Tag Archives: Oil and Gas

What Midland’s Growing Pains Mean For Families Settling in the Permian Basin

By Diana Nguyen and Carlos Morales In the early twentieth century, oil and gas companies began building housing for their workers and their families. The housing — often in remote stretches of Texas — had many of the amenities a … Continue reading

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From Family Camps to Man Camps: A Brief History Of Housing Workers In The Oil And Gas Industry

By Diana Nguyen and Carlos Morales For people working in the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin, finding housing can be a challenge. The blue-collar workforce often ends up in hotels, motels, and so-called man camps. Sometimes, companies … Continue reading

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Texas regulator says “misunderstanding” is making millennials shun oilfield jobs

Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian told House lawmakers on Wednesday that the biggest threat to a burgeoning oil boom is “the acceptance of the politically-correct-driven environmental anti-oil and gas science.”

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Survey Predicts Increased Lending to Energy Industry this Spring

A survey released this week predicts good health for the US energy industry. The results could have especially positive implications for producers in the Permian Basin. The survey, issued twice a year, polls a variety of oil and gas executives across … Continue reading

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A Radio Documentary: “Dark Skies, Dark Energies” by Ian Lewis

Here in West Texas, there are two major searches ongoing. While companies in the Permian Basin seek more deposits of oil and gas underground, astronomers at McDonald Observatory are searching the sky for an answer to the question: what is … Continue reading

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Harvey Closures Could Threaten to Strand Permian Basin Oil

More than 500 miles from the flooding in Houston, oil fields in the Permian Basin are dry – but that doesn’t mean that they won’t feel the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

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Oil and Gas Study Raises Concerns, Calls for More Research

A report out this week from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas finds that oil and gas drilling has led to environmental stresses. But the study is also calling for more research to better understand just what … Continue reading

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Dakota Pipeline Standoff Echoes In Texas: Mexico Still Counting On U.S. Natural Gas

MARFA, Texas — Opponents of a pipeline under construction in West Texas are pleased by the national attention garnered by protest against the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline in North Dakota. Construction there has been at least temporarily halted following months of … Continue reading

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Perry’s Energy Legacy in Texas: Champion of Oil, Gas and Wind Power

President-elect Donald Trump officially named former Texas Governor Rick Perry as his pick for Energy Secretary this week. Looking at back at Perry’s energy legacy in Texas, Texas Tribune reporters Jim Malewitz and Kiah Collier write that the governor “didn’t simply nod … Continue reading

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Activists Look To Repeat Standing Rock Success In West Texas

Activists in west Texas are taking to heart the successes of the Standing Rock Sioux to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. They’re hoping to repeat that for a pipeline project there.

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