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  • Toward Allowing Exports

    Toward Allowing Exports

      Octane Energy CEO Jared Blong, serving on behalf of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, testified June 26 before Congress on the issue of lifting the U.S. ban on exporting oil. Editor’s Note: The following is the statement given on June 26 by Jared Blong, CEO and President of Octane Energy LLC, before the […]

  • Crossroads

    Crossroads

      Energy policy for the 21st century is no easy matter, as a conversation with Christopher Guith proves, and the biggest challenge lies in reaching the public with the facts.    “The energy industry is led by engineers. American engineers have built the world, but they are the worst communicators in the world.” – Christopher […]

  • Sing Me an Oil Song

    Sing Me an Oil Song

      Don’t forget to click on the songs to hear the music on YoutTube. Freddie Frank, Slim Willet, and Wayland Seals penned and performed some petroleum-revering refrains. Editor’s Note: It might come as a surprise, this revelation that the oil business has had a musical genre all to itself. Surprising or not, the oil patch […]

  • The Case for Workforce Housing

    The Case for Workforce Housing

    Questioned by some who challenge the wisdom of erecting large temporary “camps” for housing oilfield workers, the builders and operators of these projects have good answers for skeptics, citing especially the fact that, if the boom should end, it can all go away and not leave a trace. Meanwhile, though, there’s luxury in those accommodations. […]

  • They Call Them “Hot Shots”

    They Call Them “Hot Shots”

    Bobby Loar and Dave Mathes are good to go. By Hanaba Munn Welch Not every oilfield glossary acknowledges slang. Check with Schlumberger. There’s no such thing as a swamper. Or a hotshot truck. Not as one word or two. Hotshot drivers Bobby Loar and Dave Mathes, former swamper, don’t find themselves diminished by being left […]

Toward Allowing Exports

Toward Allowing Exports

  Octane Energy CEO Jared Blong, serving on behalf of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, testified June 26 before Congress on the issue of lifting the U.S. ban on exporting oil. Editor’s Note: The following is the statement given on June 26 by Jared Blong, CEO and President of Octane Energy LLC, before the […]

The Rise of the Drilling Contractor

  Independent drilling contractors fuel a significant part of the Permian Basin’s production renaissance. By Paul Wiseman, special contributor That the Permian Basin is the epicenter of the planet regarding increases in oil production is not news—figures show 28 percent of North America’s onshore drilling rigs operate here. Half of the rigs in the nation […]

Crossroads

Crossroads

  Energy policy for the 21st century is no easy matter, as a conversation with Christopher Guith proves, and the biggest challenge lies in reaching the public with the facts.    “The energy industry is led by engineers. American engineers have built the world, but they are the worst communicators in the world.” – Christopher […]

Big and Getting Bigger

Big and Getting Bigger

  Texas’ second-biggest play, the Eagle Ford Shale, boasts five of the top 10 producing counties in the state, including numbers one through four. While it’s not expected to eclipse the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford will approach the Permian’s numbers in coming years. In less than six years, the Eagle Ford Shale in South […]

Sing Me an Oil Song

Sing Me an Oil Song

  Don’t forget to click on the songs to hear the music on YoutTube. Freddie Frank, Slim Willet, and Wayland Seals penned and performed some petroleum-revering refrains. Editor’s Note: It might come as a surprise, this revelation that the oil business has had a musical genre all to itself. Surprising or not, the oil patch […]

Drilling Deeper: Strong Sentiments, Sensible Suggestions

Drilling Deeper: Strong Sentiments, Sensible Suggestions

  Opinions and advice are in ample supply in our array of articles. These are the full versions of the “Drilling Deeper” news items that appeared in abbreviated versions in the print edition of the August PBOG.   EPA Gets Supreme Setback Railroad Commission of Texas Chairman Barry Smitherman commended action recently by the U.S. […]

Drilling Deeper: Reconsiderations

Drilling Deeper: Reconsiderations

“Taking a second look” might be deemed a common theme in our array of articles. These are the full versions of the “Drilling Deeper” news items that appeared in abbreviated versions in the print edition of the July PBOG.   Crude Exports Yield Benefits A new state by state analysis shows that Texas could add […]

Drilling Deeper: Expanding Horizons

TABLE OF CONTENTS: Crude Energy Spuds Wolfcamp Well High Oil Prices Expand Scope for EOR Growth Cuts Needs for Oil Imports Your Staff is Your Best Publicity Asset What Your Employees Want to Hear ORAU Hopes to Stem Decline of Science Grads _____________________________________ Assessments, urgings, and advice are the orders of the day in our […]