oil & gas


Pipeline Activism Expected to Rise Significantly

What on earth do “Water Protectors”, “Doxxing”, or “Valve Turners” have in common?  These arcane terms describe different tactics used within the murky world of pipeline activism and protest.  Pipeline protests – a familiar headache in the oil and gas industry – had been in a kind of remission until last July when Dakota Access, a subsidiary of the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, received permit approval by the North Dakota Public Service Commission to begin […]


Making Sense of Security Investment

When does it make sense for a business to consider investment in security protection measures such as alarms, barriers, cyber controls, or guards?   Spending on security protective measures for small to medium sized businesses is a big deal even in the best of times.  In the absence of a well-calculated return-on-investment argument, profit will trump the opaque “what if’s” of security risk every time.   Concrete, practical, sensible security protection strategies must be articulated in terms […]


Is Security Really a Nightmare in Mexico?

Pearl Harbor, the French ‘Maginot Line’ of early World War II, or fighting the war on terror exclusively with Predator Drones are all examples of how using tactics from the “last war” are bound to fail in the present.  The feared American dreadnoughts of World War I were quickly sent to the bottom by the relatively new concept of carrier-based air power; the German Army simply went around the massive concrete bunkers in France and […]


Four Risks for Companies in Energy Reform

The recent Forbes article ‘4 riesgos para las empresas en la reforma energética’ (4 Risks for Companies in the Energy Reform), highlights underlying business challenges for international companies considering participation in the Mexico oil market. Regulatory and legal framework Opposition to public reform Lack of infrastructure and local talent Security challenges of corruption and drug cartels The business decision to enter the market offers great potential and many unknowns. The Mexican government, industry, and the […]


Oil and Gas Trends for 2015

To paraphrase Mark Twain’s wry remark, “reports of the demise of the oil & gas industry have been greatly exaggerated.” Sure, crude prices have dropped to around $50 a barrel and gas is sitting at only $2.50, but if activity in Houston is any indication, the industry is gearing up for a busy 2015 despite the lagging prices. This current slump is not the industry’s first rodeo and the more experienced companies know how to […]