Tag Archives: environment

As we debate fracking, consider its world impact

My latest op/ed, from Saturday’s Houston Chronicle:  If we needed another example of how hydraulic fracturing is changing the world of petro-politics, we have it in Venezuela. Anti-government protests have erupted in parts of the country, and President Nicolas Maduro has … Continue reading

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Is Offshore Drilling Getting Safer?

That was the topic of a recent conference I spoke at in Aberdeen, Scotland. The day-long event, sponsored by the Aberdeen chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, included this press conference in which the speakers discussed the themes of … 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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Fracking in New Brunswick

This column appeared last week in the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal. It’s adapted from a blog post I wrote for Forbes.com. The editors asked for permission to run the piece because New Brunswick has become the focal point of the … Continue reading

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The Feds and Fracking: A Chicken or Egg Question

My story on Houston oilman George P. Mitchell in the latest issue of Texas Monthly is still behind the paywall, but a sidebar I wrote on the role of the federal government in developing hydraulic fracturing technology is now posted on … Continue reading

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A goodbye to writer John Graves

When I heard that famed Texas writer John Graves had died at 92, I went to check my bookshelf. Sure enough, his most famous book, Goodbye to a River, wasn’t there. I first read Graves’ farewell to the upper Brazos after it … Continue reading

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