The TER Buzz:

Texas Oil and Gas Industry Poised for Growth, Challenges Remain: Longanecker

By Ed Longanecker, president of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO)


May 23, 2018


According to a recent study published by the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO), the Texas oil and gas industry is experiencing renewed growth, following several years of low commodity prices that resulted in a downturn. In 2017, national oil and gas industry employment totaled 832,777 jobs, providing an average annual wage of $109,498. In Texas, the oil and gas industry supported a total of 325,439 direct jobs in all sectors of the industry in 2017, up from the previous year, showing a definitive turnaround in employment and the first year of net positive growth in jobs since 2014….

California Treatment Plant With 94%-Effective Produced Water Recycling Going Online In July

May 21, 2018


Solving the problem of what to do with produced water is underway, if a California man has his way.

Dundee Kelbel, founder and manager of Watershed Tech Services LLC, says the company is expecting to begin recycling more than 200,000 gallons of oilfield-used water per day beginning in July at a wastewater treatment plant in Wasco, north of Bakersfield, California…

Magellan Ready For Texas Pipeline Expansion

May 21, 2018

Following an open season, Magellan Midstream Partners LP says it’s planning a $300 million expansion of the western portion of its Texas pipeline system for gasoline and diesel fuel shipments to centers in Midland-Odessa, El Paso and Abilene…

22 Injured In Houston-Area Chemical Plant Explosion

May 19, 2018


Officials now say 22 people have been injured — two of them seriously — in a fire at a chemical plant near Houston.

About 250 employees of Kuraray America Inc. were on site when the fire broke out at a broken valve about 11 this morning at the plant outside Pasadena, just south of Houston…

Xcel Completes Substation and Lines Near Hereford

May 18, 2018


Xcel Energy says it’s completed the new high-voltage transmission line and substation its been building on four acres outside Hereford, Texas, southwest of Amarillo.

The new substation is named “La Plata” in honor of the first county seat in Deaf Smith County…

Commissioner George P. Bush statement in support of U.S. Senator John Cornyn filing the Coastal Texas Protection Act: News Release

AUSTIN – Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush released the
following statement in support of the Coastal Texas Protection Act
filed by U.S. Senator John Cornyn:

“Coastal protection benefits more than just those who call the Texas
coast home. Completion of the coastal barrier system will reduce longterm
storm surge risks and ensure the continued durability of key
infrastructure that contributes to our nation’s economy and quality of

“I applaud Senator Cornyn’s continued leadership on this important
issue not just for our state, but the nation. Together we can create a
more resilient place for coastal Texans to call home while protecting
the economic and national security interests of all Americans.”

Senator Cornyn’s bill requires the Secretary of the Army to “expedite
the completion of feasibility studies for flood damage reduction,
hurricane and storm damage reduction, and ecosystem restoration in
the coastal areas of Texas that are identified in the interim report due
to be published in 2018 that describes the tentatively selected plan
developed in accordance with section of the Water Resources
Development Act of 2007.”