Inspired by family members in the oil and gas industry, Larry M. Koonce founded the North American Drilling Corporation in Plano, Texas in 2006 and has since served as its CEO and president. Larry Koonce is also a member of the North Texas Oil and Gas Association, a group that united with the West Central Texas Oil and Gas Association to become the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers.
In a recent press release, the Alliance announced that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) found that the air quality in Texas has been steadily improving. The TCEQ reported that in 2014, ozone levels across much of the state were among the lowest ever recorded due to a variety of strategic emission-reduction efforts.
The TCEQ noted that eight-hour ozone levels around Houston have been reduced by 29 percent since 2000, despite a 34 percent growth in population during the same time period. The report also found emissions improvements in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, the Tyler-Longview-Marshall and Corpus Christi areas, and the Beaumont-Port Arthur and Austin-Round Rock areas. In fact, according the TCEQ, nine of the 13 areas monitored for the past 15 years generated their lowest ozone values in 2014.