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The search for `why’

For the past two years, I’ve been working on a biography of Texas oilman George P. Mitchell, sometimes (erroneously) called “the father of fracking.” Biographies are stories of people’s lives, but they really aren’t about the “who.” “Who was George … Continue reading

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In Remembrance: Dave Leining

Dave Leining died last week when his private plane crashed in the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge south of Houston. He was 63. I didn’t know him well. In fact, we only met in person once, when I interviewed him … Continue reading

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What’s Happening With Oil Prices?

That’s a question a lot of people are asking these days. Crude prices have tumbled more than 50 percent since last summer, and we now seem to be in the teeth of a full-scale oil bust. Last week, I talked … Continue reading

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Oil’s Well That Ends Well?

Perhaps not so much. These days, Texans are getting worried about what the plunge in oil prices in the past six months will mean for the economy. We’ve seen this before, of course, in the 1980s. In the latest issue … Continue reading

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The Passing of Nelson Bunker Hunt

I moved to the Dallas area and became a business writer in the late 1980s, so I missed the oil boom of the early 1980s and the swagger that came with it. No one personified the audacity of the era … Continue reading

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A New Column for Energy Voice

This week marks the debut of my new energy column for Energy Voice, a website devoted to the global energy industry. My first topic: an interview with former Yukos executive Bruce Misamore about the recent ruling by the European Court … Continue reading

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Fracking’s Publishing Boom Revisited

In Sunday’s New York Times, Jim Malewitz of the Texas Tribune revisits the publishing boom┬áthat has erupted in South Texas with hydraulic fracturing. The story focuses on The Boom at Eagle Ford Shale, a newspaper published by Kathy Rudkin, who … Continue reading

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