Friday, January 14, 2011 Most Read 2010

Ah, January – the start of a new year and new beginnings. While I’m not one to make resolutions, I do like to reflect on the past year.

For those of you who are regular print subscribers, you may be familiar with my Charities and Champions: year in review column that appears each December. I reflect back on various industry execs and companies that donated their time, money, and talents to help others in the community.

It may be three weeks into January, but I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect back on 2010 in another way.

2010 was a tremendous year of growth for The introduction of both our Deal Monitor and Unconventional Resources pages were a great boost in our continued effort to bring up-to-date oil and gas industry information to our online readers. What generated the most interest?

This year, a tragic event held top billing for most read articles on

While many updates and articles were written about the Deepwater Horizon incident, three made it into the top tier in 2010:

Who will be held responsible for Deepwater Horizon?

New Orleans lawyer details scrutiny sure to follow Deepwater Horizon accident

BP begins second relief well, places containment system in leaking riser

With “Financial Journal” as part of our title, it wasn’t a surprise that articles with a financial twist were also part of the most read articles of the year.

Tudor Pickering Holt develops into key energy finance player

Renewed interest in royalty trusts

One shale article made it into the top ten:

Oil shale deal flow heating up in Bakken, Niobrara

Also not surprisingly, articles and news briefs about shale activity, especially those pertaining to Eagle Ford shale activity, fleshed out much of the remaining “most read” articles for the year.

Again, it isn’t my nature to make resolutions, but I do start every year with a renewed sense of optimism and hope. To 2011, I say: Show me economic recovery, open capital markets, and a greater utilization of shale assets. They’d make a nice Top Five list for next year.


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