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Hey Guys thanks for taking the time out of your busy lives to inform and educate the masses I have a few questions I’ll like your opinion on. 1 With LNG fast becoming the fuel of the future because its abundant, cheap, has a high combustion efficiency and clean, more operators are starting to require contractors and service companies like Halliburton, schlumberger, and liberty that offer energy intensive operations such as fracking to offer fleets that run on natural gas. There is a startup out of Boston(MIT) making predictions to deliver technology that powers commercial aircraft with LNG by 2032. Is this feasible with the FAA grounding aircraft for simple battery issues? Also ,NY politicians have refused to issue permits to a critical pipeline schedule to bring natural gas to New York city on grounds of environmental concerns. With winter fast approaching, National grid the gas company is denying thousands of New Yorkers and businesses gas until the the pipeline is given the green light. thoughts?
Do you know of any states that have combined oil & gas rules for OSHA? If so, can you give me any contact names, emails, phone#, etc.? Thank you.
So on your Oct 7 show you discussed diversity and specifically women in the oilfield. One reason I love your show is that it’s always a conversation even when readers send in viewpoints that diverge. So I’d like to give you my perspective. I’m a 2nd generation oil and gas engineer working in Texas with a petroleum engineering degree and almost 3 years of work (specifically field work experience). My overall opinion of women in the petroleum industry is that efforts (and it is a true sustained effort) to hire them are “HR deep” and often a basically shallow attempt by a company to improve their public image by having a cute engineer in coveralls on their PR material. I work extremely hard, climb under equipment and get covered with grease. I’ve done well working in the field and running a field crew, mostly because they see I’m not afraid of jumping in and getting dirty even though I’m the engineer. I have to work hard and run jobs successfully – my husband died in Afghanistan and I have a disabled brother to support. I’ve been treated pretty well overall in the field (by field personnel) but who I feel I’ve been truly been mistreated and at times abused by is management. I’ve been terminated for refusing to date a former manager. At another place I was often singled out for abuse and was often saved by other field engineers and crews vouching for me. Many specific incidents to long to be explained here have happened that contribute to me saying my experience has been at times, super shitty. Industry statistics show that alot of women are currently being hired, but the numbers from the last couple of years shows really poor retainment. Basically, they aren’t treated well and they leave. While many people see me as being very successful in this business, i don’t know if I’d recommend it to women. HRs overtures about diversity, inclusion and protection from harassment are at best disingenuous and at worst mostly about protecting the company from being liable in a harassment lawsuit. Making a good work environment for women is about respecting their hard work and effort, not treating them like a diversity prop, fairly compensating them and not firing them for refusing to sleep with a supervisor. I’ve grown tired of companies crowing about how they buy FR clothing for women and whatever else. Of course it’s nice for your FR coveralls to fit (and I really would know) but what is even better is being respected for working hard and being dedicated to your job. I know you mean very well when you talk about increasing diversity and inclusion of women but coming from a women who’s worked in the field for service companies, the industry has a very long way to come on actually treating women well on a timeline that goes beyond recruitment, new hire orientation and procuring coveralls.
This is not a question but something I would like to share about diversity in our industry. I work in the field mostly in Texas and Louisiana and I have not experienced any racial or sexist behavior in my 6-year career as a field employee. From what I noticed our district is hiring a lot more females as field employees and personally know a handful that are in senior positions as well. My last trainee was a female from India. In my experience, rig hands go above and beyond to make sure that the work environment on the rig is suitable and accommodating to females. I have attended many pre-tour and safety meetings where the topic was understanding that a female was on site and that we are all professionals in this industry. Thanks.
We are constantly looking for new areas to invest in whether that be different counties in the Permian or different leasehold. If you were running an long term mineral investment firm, how would you pick areas that would continue to see investment from operators in the long run?
I am a geology student working hard to prepare for a career in oil and gas. I have heard you talk about renewables and their part in energy, but not much about nuclear energy. Does nuclear have potential to replace gas as the energy of the future? Love the show, please keep on doing what you’re doing..
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