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About lorensteffy

Loren Steffy is the author of "George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet" (to be published in October 2019), "The Man Who Thought Like a Ship," and "Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit." He is a writer at large for Texas Monthly, managing director for 30 Point Strategies and an executive producer for Rational Middle Media.

Ten Things You May Not Have Known About George Mitchell

My latest book, George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability, and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet, is finally out in stores. Over the past few weeks, I’ve tweeted facts about Mitchell that aren’t widely known. I’ve collected them all here … Continue reading

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Mirror Images: George and Cynthia

George Mitchell is known for perfecting the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and for his pioneering work in sustainable development. Less well-known is his support for Big Science late in his life. As a boy growing up … Continue reading

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`We can do a better job’

George Mitchell didn’t set out to build a better city or redefine the American suburb. Having made some money in the energy business, he began buying real estate to diversify his interests. But he also became increasingly aware of social … Continue reading

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What the frack?

One of the unexpected controversies I encountered in writing my biography of Houston energy pioneer George Mitchell was the spelling of “fracking.” Many of the oil and gas sources I interviewed for the book insisted that spelling the word with … Continue reading

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Tennis, everyone!

Anyone who worked for George Mitchell knew of his obsession with tennis. Mitchell taught himself to play as a boy in Galveston, and he was captain of the tennis team at Texas A&M. As CEO of Mitchell Energy and Development, … Continue reading

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Fracking’s Graceland

It doesn’t look like the starting point for a revolution, but this well, the C.W. Slay #1, is where America’s energy renaissance began. The C.W. Slay #1 was the first well drilled into the Barnett Shale in 1981 by Mitchell … Continue reading

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Exposing the dark secrets of Texas’ wholesale power market

One of the darkest secrets of Texas’ so-called deregulated electricity system, which is now almost 20 years old, is the wholesale power market. Wholesale prices fluctuate rapidly, and they affect prices that retailers must pay to get electricity from generators. … Continue reading

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