Oil and Gas Investor Op-ed: The Overreach Committee

If you missed the House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing in October, don’t go back to watch it now. If you must, have a blood pressure monitor and tele-doctor nearby, writes Oil and Gas Investor Editor-at-large Nissa Darbonne.

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[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the December 2021 issue of Oil and Gas Investor magazine.]

If you missed the House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Oct. 28, don’t watch it now. If you must, have a blood pressure monitor and tele-doctor nearby.

The day after, Rob Clarke, vice president, upstream research, for Wood Mackenzie tweeted what his followers—folks who make energy, invest in it, write about it, analyze it—felt as well, confirming that (1) the hearing did happen and wasn’t a mass hallucination and (2) it was, yes, very disturbing.

Clarke typed into a meme of Bart Simpson writing lines on a chalkboard: “I will stop watching C-SPAN clips of yesterday’s energy hearing.”

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Nissa Darbonne

Nissa Darbonne is author of The American Shales and has been a journalist since 1984, beginning in the oil and gas fields of South Louisiana. She writes for Oil and Gas Investor and is actively involved in Hart's conference agendas.