2016 September-October Technology 

Hydro-cutting Tool Slices Costs On Well Abandonments

Cut-and-cap well abandonment procedures are generally dangerous, time and resource intensive processes relying on cooperative weather, and they become more complicated the worse the weather becomes. A new, innovative technological approach to an old oil and gas problem is to employ a hydro-powered-cutting tool to cut and separate the wellhead while still underground, leaving a small environmental footprint. High-pressure Water… Read More
2016 September-October 

The Art of Business Development

We hear the same problems at every meeting: “We see all of the same properties that appear on these bid sites, but those properties aren’t what we are looking for. And, on the off chance they are, we have to fight with 25 other companies to get the property. We refuse to overpay for assets, so we end up losing… Read More
2016 September-October 

Valuable Safety Training Available Online

Tighter budgets have led many companies to curtail training expenses in an effort to save money for their organization. No one knows this better than those who are managing budgets for safety training in the oil and gas industry. But the need for safety training persists and may be greater than ever moving forward. Some experts predict that things may… Read More
2016 September-October 

Fracking Cannot Be Regulated by Federal Government without Approval

A judge in the District Court of Wyoming recently rejected the Obama administration’s proposal for regulating hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal lands. The proposed rule is viewed as an overextension of the administration’s ability to enforce laws. Judge Scott Skavdahl, who was nominated in 2011 by Obama, said that the rule “is in excess of its statutory authority and contrary… Read More
Marsha Vigil 2016 September-October 

Best Practices for Cost Control and Capital Management

While other industries have adopted software technology to automate and optimize business processes, the oil and gas industry has been slower to respond. The companies that aren’t behind are using software to eliminate waste, identify areas of efficiencies and undertake best practices to better control costs and manage capital expenditures. In today’s oil and gas economic climate, commodity prices are at… Read More
2016 September-October Contributors Mark A. Stansberry 

Energy Messages & the Media

The 24th Annual/Anniversary of Energy Policy Conference (IEPC) — Roundtable/Summit was held Aug. 11, 2016, at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa, Okla. The roundtable was hosted by IEPC, The Energy Advocates and the Master of Energy Program, University of Tulsa. I served as the moderator of the roundtable.  There were around 60 roundtable participants. Representatives included state and federal government,… Read More
2016 September-October Energy Scene Jason Spiess 

Energy Scene with Jason Spiess

Donald Trump took the stage at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, and said, “let’s talk about energy.” Speaking in front over 8,000 attendees at the Bismarck Civic Center, Trump said: “I am delighted to be in North Dakota, a state where really you are at the forefront of a new energy revolution.” Trump referred to… Read More
2016 September-October Louisiana 

Senator Cassidy Applauds Cameron LNG Export Authorization

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in July applauded the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) final approval of Cameron LNG’s latest exportation authorization to non-free trade agreement (FTA) countries. “This is great news for Southwest Louisiana and the American energy economy,” Cassidy said in a July 15 statement. “This approval will bring billions of dollars of investment and good high-paying jobs… Read More
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