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Texas oilman, fracking pioneer Mitchell dies at 94

Published: Fri, July 26, 2013 @ 5:27 p.m.

Texas oilman, fracking pioneer Mitchell dies at 94

HOUSTON (AP) — Billionaire Texas oilman, developer and philanthropist George P. Mitchell has died at his home in Galveston.

He was 94.

Mitchell was the son of Greek immigrants and became one of the wealthiest men in the U.S. He’s considered the father of hydraulic fracking to recover natural gas from shale deposits, pioneering the now common process that’s led to an energy boom.

Mitchell’s family announced his death today on the family foundation website.

The posting said he died of natural causes while surrounded by family.

Mitchell was born in Galveston, graduated at the top of his class at Texas A&M University in 1940 and had been one of the school’s top benefactors.

His wife, Cynthia, died in 2009. They had 10 children.


1BIGDRILL(36 comments)posted 3 years ago

Rest in peace George. Your endeavors helped to build this nation with plenty of energy.

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2James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years ago

Energy that our politicians say will be EXPORTED to their masters' "developing countries".
So that we cannot use the energy contained within the oil and gas from fracking in this already-developed country whose economy is shattered along with its industry.
And the majority of fracking in this country is being done by FOREIGN oil and gas companies... China and France.
V&M Star, or whatever it's called now, is owned by the French.......
Common sense has vanished from our government owners and the politicians they have chosen to forward their agenda.

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3JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 3 years ago


If he had lived around here, you can bet that the fracaphobics would protest at his funeral.

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