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McDonald Observatory

Texas’ oil and gas industry supplies energy to support daily life and economic growth. Daily activities around oil and gas operations may be affected in various ways. Out in West Texas, dark skies are vital to the work performed at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory.

We have had the good fortune of working with the Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) and the Observatory on the Dark Skies Advisory Group and have witnessed how industry has cooperatively worked with other stakeholders to develop cost effective recommendations for helping to keep the skies of West Texas dark. Implementing the recommendations can complement operator safety programs as well.