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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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A Two-fer in Texas Monthly

I have two stories in the June issue of Texas Monthly. In my regular column, I take a look at the burgeoning business of liquefied natural gas exports and how Texas, which helped pioneer the process of hydraulic fracturing, is … Continue reading

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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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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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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 texasmonthly.com: 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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