Developments in Hot Tapping Technology 2015 July-August OILMAN Publisher 

Production Chicken

Letter from the Publisher It looks as though I’ve become addicted to trying to figure out how the United States can beat OPEC in their game of “Oil Production Chicken”. In the latest episode OPEC announced they will maintain their existing combined production target at 30 million barrels per day, effectively feeding into the world’s over supply. Controlling the world’s supply,… Read More
2015 July-August 

The Gulf of Mexico Long-Play

Offshore oil and gas exploration and production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are standing up to the oil price downturn that has been influencing the oil shale play for more than six months. That is the word from industry experts, who believe the long-term timescales of the offshore market have insulated the Gulf of Mexico from the reductions in… Read More
2015 July-August Louisiana 

Five Years Post-BP Oil Spill

On April 13, almost five years since the April 20, 2010, BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), under the Department of the Interior, issued proposed amendments to well control regulations for offshore well operators in the Outer Continental Shelf. In response to the BP oil spill, the proposed amendments seek to… Read More
2015 July-August 

Fixed or Floating: What Is Your Exposure?

Fixed platforms, tension leg platforms, spar platforms, drill boats, jack-up rigs and countless other contrivances are used in oil exploration and production on the Gulf of Mexico. Whether a structure is considered to be a vessel or not affects the types of litigation an owner or operator may be subject to in the event of a workplace accident. The determination… Read More
2015 July-August Don Briggs Louisiana 

BP is Answering the Challenge

The oil and gas industry has a storied history in the state of Louisiana. Over the last 100 years, the industry has provided hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs to this state. To clarify the obvious, the oil and gas industry is an industrial segment that depends on human ability as well as technologically advanced equipment to power… Read More
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