[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the January 2022 issue of Oil and Gas Investor magazine.]

Let me start off by saying I never asked to become a columnist again. As you probably know, this space has been occupied for the last few years by our friend, colleague and editor-in-chief, Steve Toon. With Steve’s sudden passing, someone needs to step into this column space, which was also once occupied by Leslie Haines, the now semi-retired editor who built this magazine for most of its 40 years. So, I must admit, I’m a bit nervous stepping on to this ground.

Sure, I’ve been a columnist on and off throughout my career as a journalist, but I respect this specific page greatly, so hence my apprehension.

As the title of this column shifts from “From the Editor-in-Chief” to “No One Asked Me, But …” I’m summoning that wildcatter spirit. I am ready to explore the industry and ready to take on the challenge, albeit with a different style than my predecessors.

With that said, here it goes. Get ready for some streams of thought about what I’ve heard, seen and read as I cover the energy business.

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