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Two heavy hitters passed from the oil and gas industry in recent weeks.
Pete Hanagan headed the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association for 15 years until 1985. He died at age 81 in Ireland.
The association’s other Irishman, Bob Gallagher, got his walking papers a week after Hanagan’s death. Both men hailed from Roswell, and both practiced law, but the similarities end there. In the differences between the two is a tale for our times in New Mexico.
The ever cheerful Hanagan entered a room with a 100-watt smile and a hand extended. He was quick with a joke, didn’t take himself too seriously and got a lot done behind the scenes. He knew everyone. Even his adversaries liked him.
Things weren’t particularly easy then either – pipeline capacity was an issue, and the environmental movement had dawned, bringing with it a new era of regulation. But Hanagan observed the line between advocacy and engagement; he never became personally embroiled in an issue.
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