Oil and Gas Are Well-represented on Texas Governor’s Economic “Strike Force”

by | Jan 14, 2021

Even as it’s still far from clear whether Texas has seen the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s has assembled a “cabal of his billionaire donors” for his “Strike Force to Open Texas,” according to The Texas Observer. Members include Nancy Kinder, wife of Kinder Morgan pipeline CEO Richard Kinder, and Hilcorp Energy Company executive Jeff Hildebrand, Lobbyists from the Association of Electric Companies of Texas and the Texas Oil & Gas Association are leading the group’s subcommittee on the energy sector. Status Task force announced April 17, 2020.

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.