Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: LEVELLAND—Lighthouse Petroleum reached an agreement with HCE Operating LLC to buy a 100% working interest and 75% net revenue interest in leases, wells, well bores and equipment for the Reames/Masterson Production located within the Lindsea Bea Field of Haskell County, Texas.
Lighthouse has negotiated to purchase the leases, wells and equipment from HCE for $1.2 million
Based on a 1998 geological report, indications are that the leased property contains a producing zone called the Lindsea Bea Conglomerate.
The report states that there are 472,000 proven undeveloped barrels (PUD) of oil, less approximately 22,000 barrels produced since that date, supporting an economical assumption value of 13.5 million. The report will be updated during the verification process.
Currently there are 13 wells, two of which are active, producing approximately six BOE of oil and 22 MCF of gas per day. In addition to the purchase cost, the agreement states that Lighthouse will incur additional costs to extract the oil and gas and will bear all the risk associated with the recovery. The additional costs for extraction are estimated to not exceed $1million.
This oil and gas evaluation of reserves report is based solely on the reserve of the Lindsea Bea Conglomerate. The zone is located at a depth of 4,990ft – 5,018ft. The Hendrick Ranch Field, which is the field where these wells are located, is a multi-pay area that contains wells producing from nearby intervals identified as the Lindsea Bea Conglomerate, Bend Conglomerate, Caddo Lime, Strawn Sands, Palo-Pinto Lime, Patio Sands, Lower King and Cook Sand formations. The Lindsea Bea Conglomerate formation is from the Lower Pennsylvanian System, a major producing deltaic movement within the study area. All wells in this project have multiple pay-zones identified in their logs via dual-density logs, dual spectrum logs, Halliburton producing zone log analysis reports, and drilling mud logs.
The agreement stipulates that Lighthouse retains the right to have additional partners it deems necessary to complete this transaction.
Lighthouse Petroleum, Inc. is a development stage junior oil and gas company.
Paradigm Oil and Gas Inc. identifies and acquires energy properties with previously discovered known oil and gas reserves that have not either been fully produced from, or fully developed and defined.
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