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Analysis & Trend's

IEA Says World Demand For Oil Will Be Stronger In 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Agency says "crude wall" may be just ahead
Oil and Gas News
Monday, July 23, 2012 - Recent oil and gas industry news
Playing Catch up in the Arctic
Monday, July 02, 2012 - A subpar environmental performance keeps the Arctic out of bounds for oil exploration.
Alternative fuels from the tar sands
Monday, June 11, 2012 - Methanol and dimethyl ether from the tar sands can replace gasoline and diesel.
Oil-rich formations of the North Dakota oil boom
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - The article briefly describes three oil-bearing formations that are partly responsible for the current oil boom in North Dakota.


Commodity Prices

Natural Gas Prices on the Rise
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - You would think that with the natural gas boom in America, gas prices would be at an all time low. Wrong...
Natural Gas Prices
Monday, August 13, 2012 - Latest natural gas prices and drilling rig counts in North America


Company Mergers, Acquisitions, & JVs

Occidental Petroleum Spinning-off California Assets, Shell Sells North Sea Holdings
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - BP, Marathon, Devon and ConocoPhillips are doing the same. What's that all about?
Do YOU Own a Piece of The Rock?
Sunday, November 03, 2013 - You work hard in the patch, but how hard is your money working for you?
There's a New Sheriff in Town And His Name is Ivan!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - In a surprise move that will change the standings the global energy market, Russian oil and gas giant Rosneft announced on Monday, October 22nd, 2012, that it will buy complete ownership of TNK-BP, Russia’s third largest oil producer.


Construction

New Player in Russian Offshore Oil Orders Three Platforms For $650 Million!
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Russian firm looking to make a big splash in Russian waters
Flying Rigs
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - Lately oil rigs are beginning to flood some of the most rural hard to reach places of North America and beyond...


Discoveries

Trinity Exploration Drills an Offshore Duster, Well to be Plugged And Sealed
Saturday, February 08, 2014 - Seven million dollar well judged to be not commercially viable.
Look What Shell Found Under One Of Their Platforms in The GOM!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - It's twice as long as a pickup truck and has 10 legs! What's living under YOUR rig?
Algeria Finds New Oil Field With 1.3 Billion Barrels!
Monday, November 04, 2013 - Believe it or not, the country is number 15, just behind Norway, on the list of the world's top oil producers.
Greenpeace Tries to Storm Russian Offshore Oil Platform And Fails Badly
Friday, September 20, 2013 - The Russians know how to deal with "Environmental Activists"
Discovery Channel Profiles Oilfield Family
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - Discovery Channel's non-scripted show "Blood and Oil": A small, family-run oil company competes against the big corporations in a race for black gold in the heart of Ohio.


Alberta Drilling

Canadian righands strike it rich!
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 15 CanElson oil-workers and their rig manager each chipped in $50 to buy Lotto Max tickets and hit it big.
The how-to's of the Oil Patch
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - But it takes a certain type of person to hack it in the oil patch. Find out how to cut it in the industry and what is expected.
Spring breakup is here early but expected to leave sooner
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Just like every year, Alberta is now experiencing its spring breakup. But stay tuned boys because this year’s breakup brings both good and not-so-good news.
Meet the men who hold the history of oil and Alberta: Dan and Don
Friday, March 02, 2012 - Jasmine interviews the pioneers of the Alberta oil patch.


Earnings Reports

Nabors CEO Sees Good Times Ahead With Walking Rigs
Sunday, February 23, 2014 - Demand for newer rigs expected to be strong in 2014
Shell to Sell Major North Sea Holdings After Losses Alaska and Texas
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - After disappointments in Alaskan waters and a failed effort in Texas shale, Shell looks to curtail spending and raise capital.
Shell Takes Major Hit On Earnings Report, 4th Quarter Earnings Down By 70%
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - Newly-installed CEO will look to raise earnings and shift strategy
Who Really Profits From Oil and Gas
Monday, November 04, 2013 - There are so many arguments that begin and end with oil and gas leases. Perhaps the biggest argument, is the same issue that plagues so many different aspects of government, money...
Do You Know....? Highest Average Oil/Gas Salaries by Country
Monday, December 31, 2012 - Oil and gas workers in what country have the highest average salaries worldwide in the industry?


Employment

A New Path to Oilfield Jobs - Company-owned Tech Colleges!
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - NOV fills half the U.S. classes with veterans
65 Alberta Oil Workers Fired, Replaced With Croatian Guest Workers
Friday, February 14, 2014 - No explanation given for firing, unions and regulators investigating
Even More Jobs Coming To Beaumont Texas!
Thursday, January 02, 2014 - XL Systems to add 45 new positions in 2014
Offshore Oil Rig Workers Put On Blacklist In Scotland
Monday, December 30, 2013 - Union claims being on blacklist may hamper worker's career
Weekly Rig Count Shows Canada Numbers Down Sharply. Error or Seasonal Trend?
Friday, December 27, 2013 - Count (oil and gas combined) drops by 135 from previous week. Any ideas why?


Completions

Clog Stalls Completion Of Well In Tuscaloosa Shale Oil Field
Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - Now expected to be finished in early 2014
Proposed Water Pipeline
Friday, August 16, 2013 - Oil and gas hands across the nation get excited at the word, pipeline. Pipeline in the industry means, progress and efficiency, something everyone strives for...
The Myths of Fracking
Monday, August 12, 2013 - Protesters across the nation tend to target fracking, regardless of how many environmental arguments on the subject are publicly disproved.
Cementless Completions
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - Innovations to make completions more cost effective, functional, and safe have been put to the test in the past year...


Engineering

Government Labs Turn Pond Scum Into Crude Oil in an Hour!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - New process is a big step forward in the search for cheap, renewable energy!
Everybody Loves a Good Prank. This Guy's House Gives Beer From Every Faucet!
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - Way better than hunting for the V-door key.
Oil sands producer sees heli-portable drilling as a game changer on several levels
Friday, November 29, 2013 - Break it down, fly it in, set it up. Done deal!
New Technology Lets Cameras Look Inside Wells!
Thursday, August 08, 2013 - What if you could see downhole when there's a problem with the well?


Exploration

Big Oil Plans Cutbacks in Exploration, But Drilling Will be "Pedal-to-the-Metal" For Years to Come!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - If you're working on a platform or rig, things are looking good!
Indian Reservations and Drilling
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - With drilling for crude and natural gas being common practice among rural areas, it is assumed that many of them are on native American reservation land...
The Cline Shale Could Surpass the Bakken
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - Another shale play is making its big debut in the oil rich state of Texas...
Ecuador Wanted to be Paid $3.6 Billion to NOT Allow Drilling For Oil! WTF?
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - Wanna drill for oil in Ecuador's National park? Write them a check and it's "Drill Baby Drill!"
Happy Birthday to North American Oil!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - Today, August 27th, is the 154th birthday of the oil industry in North America!


Equipment

New Duck Commander Line Of Shotguns From Mossberg!
Friday, January 03, 2014 - Demand is so high that Mossberg's website crashed!
Year-Long Crime Wave in New Mexico Patch!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - Thieves are stealing trucks, generators, copper wire and even drill bits!
Atlas Copco's Predator, Have You Seen One In Your Part of The Patch?
Monday, December 16, 2013 - Amazing video animation shows how it works!
When You Go After Oil in The Gulf, You Have to Think BIG!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - The hull of Olympus left a shipyard in South Korea on November 28, 2012 and arrived in Ingleside, Texas (after a journey of 18,272 miles), on February 6, 2013.
New Hydraulic Completion Rig - Faster, Safer, Cheaper, Better!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - RT Energy Services' hydraulic completion rig. It's unlike any other rig on the planet.


Field Development

Russian Arctic Platform Starts Production, Will Produce 120,000 BPD!
Monday, April 21, 2014 - First load of crude transferred to tanker, protests over, production begins
Colorado Oil Production Breaks All-Time Record!
Monday, April 14, 2014 - Looking for work? Look to Colorado
The Problem With The Monterey Shale in California
Monday, April 07, 2014 - How would YOU drill into something like this?
Canada Rig Count for Week ending 4/4/2014
Friday, April 04, 2014 - Baker-Hughes rig count for oil and gas in Canada
CA Town Built on Oil Bans Drilling
Monday, March 24, 2014 - Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!


Hydraulic Fracturing

New York and Fracturing
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - Anti fracking groups rallied in protest outside the gates of the US Capital.
Anti-Fracing Group's Murky Funding Sources
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - Who's funding the groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing? It's not easy to find out.
Hydraulic fracturing Documentary you can't miss.
Monday, December 17, 2012 - FrackNation is a new documentary that will dispel myths and correct misinformation about hydraulic fracturing.


Govt & Regulatory

Most Americans support Keystone XL Pipeline. Who knew?
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - More than 60 percent of likely voters like the pipeline.
Proof The Feds Are Stalling On Oil And Gas
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Map gives whole new meaning to "Red State"
California Governor Jerry Brown Backs Fracing, Taking Heat From Environmental Activists
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - The strange politics of the Golden State take an odd twist over the quest for oil
Fed Judge Rules Lawyers In Ecuador Used Fraud And Bribery, Big Win For Chevron
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - After two decades of court battles, Chevron finally gets Justice
State Department Gives Green Light to Keystone XL!
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 - Obama can no longer hide behind "Climate Change"


Health, Safety & Environment

Offshore Rig Pounded By Rogue Wave, Taking On Water
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Platform not tilting and in no danger of sinking
Brazilian Oil Giant's Platform Tilts, 77 Workers Moved To Safety
Monday, March 03, 2014 - Specialists remain on board to correct ballast issue
Concerned About The Safety of Crude Traveling by Rail, New York's Governor Isn't Waiting For The Feds to Act
Saturday, March 01, 2014 - Governor orders an immediate "inspection blitz"!
Oil Booms And The Costs
Saturday, March 01, 2014 - The accident and death rates soar as the oil boom marches forward.
Feds Issue New Order, Test Crude Before Shipping Or Pay $175,000 Per Day
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Feds say Bakken crude is more dangerous and must be identified


LNG & Trends

Extreme Cold Weather And LNG Shortage Bring Rationing And High Prices
Friday, January 24, 2014 - LNG companies struggle to deliver supplies to homes in large swath of U.S.
Everything in Oil And Gas is Big, But This is a Record-Breaker!
Thursday, December 19, 2013 - This is the Prelude, a massive Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) processing facility
Natural gas as transport fuel
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - CNG and LNG can lower transport fuel costs.


New Products & Services

Living Large in Odessa! Where Are YOU Bunking Tonight?
Monday, November 25, 2013 - Beats living in your truck and meals are included!
Oil Company Releases computer Game, CEO Played It And Lost!
Monday, June 10, 2013 - What does it take to run a giant oil Company? Do you have what it takes?
New Online Service - GPS Vendor Locator!
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Now there's a new, convenient way for oil and gas companies to connect with vendors!
Bitumen to Methanol
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - Methanol is a high-value chemical and fuel that can be derived from bitumen.
Natural Gas Demand and Alcohol-Based Fuels
Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Switching to alcohol-based fuels can increase demand and prices for natural gas.


Oil Sands

Canadian Oil Will Hit 3.9 Million Barrels Per Day In 2015
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - The big question is "Where will it all go?"


Oilfield Services

Pirates Kidnap Two Americans From Oil Platform Supply Ship Off African Coast!
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - Risks are not limited to workers on platforms, drill ships and onshore rigs.
Oilfield and Landfills
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - Not many realize how important landfills are to the oil industry, and not many landfill employees think of themselves as a huge part of the oil industry...
Boom towns and Oil Jobs
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - The questions are, where is the boom towns? How do you find out what jobs are available?
Oil in Alaska Brings More Work
Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Alaska, is perhaps one of the most challenging places on Earth for oil and gas exploration and production.
Environmental Breakthrough in Drilling Industry
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - Reuse and treatment of produced and flowback water


OPEC

T. Boone Pickens, Energy Leadership
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - The Commercial Vehical Outlook, a conference in Dallas Texas, that showcases energy at its finest, was kicked off with its prime speaker, T. Boone Pickens...


People on the Move

Williston, North Dakota
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - Fighting a nasty reputation is a hard thing to recover from, imagine a whole town trying to justify the entire community as a whole...
Women in the Oilfield
Thursday, June 06, 2013 - Women make up 5% of the population on off shore rigs.
The Heart of an Ole’ Timer Roughneck
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - You would not know if you looked at him, now frail, small, and walking with a cane, but once this roughneck was a mountain of a man that could throw pipe with the strongest of men.
Check Out Great Song on Video About Oilfield Life From Wes St. Jon!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - If you work in the patch and have oil in your blood, these are songs that will touch your heart and lift your spirits.
Oilfield Worker Saves Daughter From Moore, OK Tornado
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - Cody Shipman is an oilfield worker in New Mexico two weeks a month. The other two weeks he spends at home with his family, in Moore, Oklahoma. On Monday, he was in at home, not hundreds of miles away, earning a paycheck.


Production Start Up

North Dakota Reports Record-High Production!
Monday, September 16, 2013 - A by-the-numbers look at the North Dakota boom.
California and Electricity Crisis
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - As California faced blistering heat this summer, the state feared how they would handle keeping the community cool in the midst of electrical failures...
West Texas Drought halts Oil Production
Saturday, June 15, 2013 - There is a tiny oilfield town in the outskirts of West Texas. The oilfield is what keeps the community above water.
ElectroPetroleum - The way of the Future
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - Hundreds of billions of barrels of known heavy-oil reserves in North America


Property Acquisitions & Divestitures

BP Will Create Create New Entity Just For Onshore Oil And Gas In U.S.
Friday, March 07, 2014 - New company will have its own management team tailored to demands of drilling in lower 48 states.


Transportation & Pipelines

200 Million Barrels Of Crude Sitting In Texas Tank-Farms
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Can't sell it overseas, can't ship it to the U.S.
Why Not Ship Crude From Texas To California? Blame The Jones Act!
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Law passed in 1920 is blocking the flow of oil to West Coast refineries
Oil Starts Moving Through South Leg Of Keystone XL Today!!!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - If you like oil and money, then it's like a giant Christmas present!
Railcars With Crude Derail In Philadelphia On Way To Refinery
Monday, January 20, 2014 - No one was injured and no leaks have been reported. Obama still hasn't decided on Keystone XL
Is Bakken Crude Really More Dangerous When Shipped By Rail?
Monday, January 06, 2014 - The Feds issue regs to classify oil being shipped by rail.


RigHands.com

Shooting in East Texas Halliburton Yard
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - Last night in Kilgore Texas, the Halliburton plant underwent some strange events...
Halloween Stories or Haunted Rigs?
Monday, October 28, 2013 - With Halloween quickly approaching, scary stories seem to emerge out of the dark...
Efficiency in the Oil and Gas Industry
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - Perhaps the one attribute to any business or company that can make it successful is efficiency...
Midland, Second Richest City in the United States
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - When it comes to wealthy towns, it should come as no surprise that Texas has more than just a few...
Rise and Fall of the Oil and Gas Boom in West Texas
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - Midland Texas was a small town, packed with vacant buildings, foreclosed homes, and streets with unfilled potholes, all remnants of what was once a booming oil town community...


Offshore

Mexico Rents Deep-water Platform And Foreign Crew To Drill In Gulf!
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - President Nieto bets the farm on foreign workers and technology
Offshore Oil Platform Gets High-tech Protection Against Underwater Threats
Thursday, January 09, 2014 - How's security on YOUR rig?
The Unknown Hero
Friday, October 18, 2013 - Somewhere, someone risked it all in order to be sure his co- worker made it home safely.
Offshore Rigs Capsizing
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - Oil rigs capsize in the open waters more often then most realize...
Improvements to Offshore Drilling
Friday, June 21, 2013 - Upon investigation, federal investigators found several avoidable mistakes that were made by the company at fault.


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