Monthly Archives: January 2014

Google, AT&T battle to keep Austin wired

My column in the February issue of Texas Monthly looks at the battle between AT&T and Google to bring super fast Internet service to Austin. The showdown pits an old world telecom giant against an Internet darling, but this fight … Continue reading

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Upcoming speech in Aberdeen

The folks with the London and Aberdeen sections of the Society of Petroleum Engineers sent me a copy of the latest issue of the SPE Review, which mentions my upcoming speech in Aberdeen on March 5. I’ll be talking about … Continue reading

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My return to the pages of the Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle today published my op/ed piece on mounting safety and security issues raised by the hydraulic fracturing boom in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas: A few weeks ago, Bill Blackwell turned off a stretch of road in South … Continue reading

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Did ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ con Martin Scorsese?

This post has been generating a lot of comments over on my Forbes blog, so I thought I’d repost it here. Feel free to weigh in. There is a cautionary tale for all investors in the events depicted in the … Continue reading

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The return of the `friendly lawsuit’

The shale boom has revived the uniquely Texas tradition of the “friendly lawsuit,” as I discuss in a post on The oil boom is back, so it stands to reason that other affectations of Oil Patch abundance wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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RT @lsteffy: Landowners, drillers worry

RT @lsteffy: Landowners, drillers worry about safety and security as fracking booms. #energy #fracking

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