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Is US Shale Oil Production Profitable?

My answer to a recent Forbes article: How Is U.S. Shale Oil Production Performing So Well? This is a decent analysis of the current state of affairs of U.S. shale production. The author’s assertion that “shale oil and gas have been spectacularly successful, only dropping (in aggregate) when prices declined “sharply” is questionable.  Why? The shale […]

The Enemy Of My Enemy: Big Oil Befriends Big Corn

This story reminds me of the tax reform act of 1986. I remember during the middle of it when we all thought we were gonna lose all of our tax provisions having the flash of insight that our country is made up of thousands of special interest groups all with their own political champions. All […]

Personal Recollections of Dr. Tom Coburn

Dr. Tom Coburn died last Friday after a long bout with Cancer. There really are very few truly great men. But I consider Senator Dr. Tom Coburn right up there with the founding fathers in selfless service to his country. I first met Dr. Coburn when he was a Congressman running for the U. S. […]

Survival Strategies in Tough Times

The Small Business oil and gas producer in America has always faced the challenge of falling product prices from time to time. This particular time is doubly challenging. Last week Russia refused to go along with cuts in production necessary to balance the market. This resulted in Saudi Arabia’s countering with pricing discounts that have […]

The Many Lives of the American Shale Drilling Industry

The challenges facing the American horizontal drilling and fracking industry, also known as the shale drilling industry, have been documented extensively over the past several years. The article linked below calls them “casualties.” Are they? The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) lowered oil prices by increasing production to regain the market share that the U.S. Shale drilling […]

Truth and Transparency

I have been in the oil and gas business for over forty years and in the communications space for about that long as well. I think that gives me a unique perspective. Reflecting on our public image, I’m afraid we got it the old fashioned way – we earned it. While much of that earned […]

Obama’s Energy Policy: Death By A Thousand Cuts

Christopher Helman Forbes Staff Contributor Group Energy   This is a guest editorial by Mike Cantrell, president of the Domestic Energy Producers’ Alliance What sounds like the title of an Alfred Hitchcock movie is actually the Obama Administration’s strategy to kill America’s oil and natural gas production. And it should scare the living daylights out of us all. President […]

ECU’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year

Cantrell has made his mark as a trailblazer in the energy sector Cantrell, ECU’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year, to deliver annual Limes Lecture By Mark Bratcher | East Central University Nov 16, 2019 Mike Cantrell has been named East Central University’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year and will deliver the annual Limes Lecture to college […]

Good Policy Benefits All

Number four of the Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test – whether something is beneficial to all concerned – comes to mind when observing the ongoing dispute between a segment of the state’s oil and gas industry and the state’s county commissioners and municipal governments. The Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance, made up of small oil and gas producers across […]

Right-of-way Disputes

The Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance supports the right of elected county commissioners to determine what is in the best interest of the residents in their respective counties when it comes to the use of the rights of way over which they have jurisdiction. There is a dispute in Kingfisher County between horizontal oil and gas […]