Guest Column: Energy Education is Essential to Our Future

8-13-2021

August 13, 2021

By William R. Keffer, Janet Scivally and David Copeland Endowed Professor of Energy Law – Texas Tech University School of Law

Question: What is the one essential thing that we all need – and expect – all the time in everything we do, and yet know precious little about?

Answer: Energy.

In an era of having access to all past and present knowledge ever created in all of recorded history,…

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Biden Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Oil and Natural Gas: Calls on OPEC+ to Increase Oil Production While Discouraging Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Production

8-11-2021

August 11, 2021

AUSTIN – The White House today called on OPEC and its allies to increase oil production to alleviate rising gas prices felt across the nation – while actively discouraging oil and natural gas production in the United States.

“Our nation is the leading producer of oil and natural gas providing affordable and reliable energy. Our companies employ millions of Americans and are the primary funders in many states of roads,…

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TXOGA Statement on IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

8-10-2021

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The following can be attributed to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association:

“Protecting and improving the environment is of utmost importance to the Texas oil and natural gas industry, and focusing on policies and operations that deliver meaningful results toward environmental progress is key. Investments in pioneering innovations and technologies have yielded steadfast climate progress, including the U.S….

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ICYMI: RRC Data Shows Dramatic Decline in Flaring in Texas

8-2-2021

August 2, 2021

Last week, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) released new data showing Texas oil and natural gas production continues to show a downward trend in flaring intensity. According to numbers released from the agency, “the percentage of natural gas flared compared to the natural gas produced from oil and gas wells in Texas dropped from a high of 2.29% in June 2019 to 0.65% in May 2021….

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Recap of UT symposium on natural gas performance during Winter Storm Uri Confirms Enverus Report Findings

7-28-2021

July 28, 2021

RBN Energy, LLC recently posted a recap of a UT symposium on natural gas performance during Winter Storm Uri, outlining the discussions had during the event “2021 Texas Energy System at the Crossroads: Lessons in the Wake of Major Storms.” RBN’s recap of the symposium – “Can We Just Talk? – Symposium Explores How Natural Gas Fits Into ERCOT Reliability” –…

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Texas Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Sector Continues Uptick in Employment, Adds 3,100 Jobs in June

7-22-2021

July 22, 2021

Oil and natural gas job growth generates jobs elsewhere in the economy

AUSTIN – Data from the Texas Workforce Commission suggests that Texas upstream oil and natural gas employment expanded by 3,100 jobs in June – the fifth best single-month performance in over five years. Since the low point in employment in September 2020, months with job gains have outnumbered decline months 7-to-2….

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New Analysis: Texas Oil and Natural Gas Industry Drives U.S. Economic Recovery, Strengthens All Industries

7-20-2021

July 20, 2021

AUSTIN – The Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) today released a new analysis of the oil and natural gas industry’s vast economic impact on Texas’s economy and highlighted its importance to the state’s post-pandemic recovery. The study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and based on the latest government data available, shows that Texas’s oil and natural gas industry directly and indirectly supported over 2.5 million total jobs across the state’s economy in 2019….

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Houston Chronicle Article on UT Report Belongs in Opinion Section, not Business

7-19-2021

July 19, 2021

In an article last week, the Houston Chronicle writes on a recently-released report by the University of Texas (UT) titled, “The Timeline and Events of the February 2021 Texas Electric Grid Blackouts.” But rather than reporting the full nature of the report’s content, the paper instead cherry-picks only certain parts of the study, leaving the reader with an incorrect and unsubstantiated view of what the actual report conveyed about the role of natural gas and other power sources during Winter Storm Uri….

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Texas Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Sector Continues to Add Jobs

6-22-2021

June 22, 2021

Texas Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Sector Continues to Add Jobs
Staples: “Gains are welcome news, caution exists as world readjusts to increased demand”

AUSTIN – Data from the Texas Workforce Commission suggests that Texas upstream oil and natural gas employment expanded by 1,600 jobs in May (compared to April), continuing its recovery that began last October. Since the low point in employment in September 2020,…

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TXOGA Applauds Law Creating Texas Produced Water Consortium

6-21-2021

June 21, 2021

AUSTIN – Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, issued the following statement after SB 601, which creates the Texas Produced Water Consortium at Texas Tech University to study the beneficial use of produced water specifically focusing on the economics, technology and impact on environmental and public health, was signed into law by Governor Abbott:

“Today’s oil and natural gas companies are technology companies,…

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