Massive Spending Ahead As Industry Develops US Shale I found this story (and other stories I’ve written about U.S. shale) to be fascinating just because of the significant changes it’s made to the United States and to the U.S. energy industry. I’m amazed at the amounts of money that will be needed to fully produce this resource, and I’m sure I’ll continue to be amazed by shale development in years to come.
IEA Lists Challenges Facing Southeast Asian Oil, Gas Sector to 2035 The story is forward looking. It provides an overview of the state of the oil and gas sector in Southeast Asia and provides suggestions on what the region should focus on in this sector to deal with its energy demand up to 2035. –Chee Yew Cheang
Four Oil, Gas Recruiting Trends Plague US Industry I enjoyed writing this article because the visuals told the story. As many in the industry are aware, recruiting and retaining are at the forefront of most of our minds during the United States' energy boom. This article just pinpointed what most HR personnel already know but condensed the information in a visually appealing way –Robin Dupre
Red, Boots and Coots: Writing the Book on Fighting Well Fires Learning about the exploits of well firefighters during my research gave me a renewed sense of appreciation for their bravery and heroism. They are a necessary and under-appreciated part of the energy picture. –Gene Lockard
Oil and Gas: What's In It For The Irish? This was an important article for me to write because the Irish have had a tough time economically in recent years due to economic mismanagement of that country by its previous governments. It seems some parties are venting their frustration at the oil industry, yet the bolstering of Ireland's offshore oil industry thanks to recent discoveries is actually good for the Irish economy. And I thought Tony O'Reilly, Providence Resources' CEO, sets out the burgeoning Irish oil industry's case very well. –Jon Mainwaring
In Twist, Father Follows Son to Second Career As Landman I often hear people lament that they can’t get a job in the oil and gas industry because they’re too old or they lack the relevant technical skills. What I found interesting about Chuck’s story was that he managed to carve a niche for himself in the industry in his 50s and do so with no oil and gas background. I hope that Chuck’s story, part of a three-part series on becoming an abstractor or landman, provided some inspiration for job seekers and career changers. –Matthew Veazey