Pickens to address energy summit

The Southeastern New Mexico Energy Summit has a special guest this year.

Carlsbad’s mayor has announced Boone Pickens intends to participate in the event at the civic center.

Pickens built Mesa Petroleum, one of the nation’s largest independent oil companies.

He later reinvented himself in the 1970s as a successful investment fund operator.

Pickens launched the Pickens Plan seven years ago. This grassroots campaign sought to reduce the country’s dependence on OPEC oil.

The summit happens Sept. 14.