On Tuesday, George P. Mitchell would have turned 100 years old. After his death at 94 in 2013, this newspaper declared him the “Houstonian of the Century” — not the 20th century, in which he lived most of his life, but the 21st, which his legacy will help define.
The list of words describing Mitchell is lengthy — oilman, philanthropist, developer, sustainability pioneer, environmentalist, entrepreneur, futurist, Renaissance man, visionary. Some of the labels seem contradictory because Mitchell was a man of incongruous passions.
Today, the foundation that bears his name carries on [his] legacy. On May 2, the day Mitchell was inducted into the Petroleum Hall of Fame in Midland, it unveiled an initiative to reduce the impact of energy development on the communities and landscape of the Permian Basin, one of the world’s most concentrated regions for oil, gas and wind energy production. reduce the impact of energy development on the communities and landscape of the Permian Basin, one of the world’s most concentrated regions for oil, gas and wind energy production.
Photo: George Mitchell in 1967, Houston Chronicle
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