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September-October 2019

Thomas G. Ciarlone, Jr.

Sixth Circuit Fans the Flames of Class Certification Against Operators

Class certification in the oil patch frequently revolves around whether the putative class can satisfy Rule 23’s commonality and predominance requirements. The recent trend has been toward increasingly troubling developments for operators, including courts that focus on ostensibly “common” facts that are irrelevant to the claims asserted or, worse yet, courts that have more or less marginalized material differences in…

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Enhance Security in Oil and gas Asset Integrity Management: The Latest Technologies and Strategies to Protect Digital Data

The IIoT has transformed the landscape of Asset Integrity Management for the oil and gas industry. By empowering owner-operators with the ability to interconnect a vast array of physical assets on one digital platform, IIoT facilitates improved productivity, profitability, inspection scheduling, and corrosion mitigation – all while significantly reducing the likelihood of asset failure. These benefits have been driving the…

Top 10 Houston-Area Oil and Gas Equipment and Services Companies

Top 10 Houston-Area Oil and Gas Equipment and Services Companies

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Figure 4: Distribution of the unconventional deposits known worldwide. Geomechanical Course Applied to Unconventional Sites Course - Stanford University.

An Overview of Unconventional Reservoirs and Their Basic Classification

Today, there is much that is talked about and discussed in the oil and economic world of unconventional reservoirs. But what are these unconventional reservoirs? Giving an overview of what unconventional reservoirs are from the point of view of operations, geology and petroleum engineering, it leads us to look for a definition about what these are. One of the main…

Interview: Bobby Martin, Founder, OmniShelf

Interview: Bobby Martin, Founder, OmniShelf

Tonae’ Hamilton: Can you expand on how the idea of the OmniShelf came about? Bobby Martin: As an oilfield service technician, I use a laptop most of the time and would constantly struggle due to not having a workstation. I had to hold my laptop with one arm, while typing with the other or set it in my lap while…

The Trouble with Oil Price Predictions

The Trouble with Oil Price Predictions

Predicting oil prices is notoriously difficult because oil prices reflect both supply and demand dynamics. Of course, supply issues garner the lion’s share of the media’s attention – often around geopolitical shocks – and are inherently unpredictable. Nevertheless, in reality, the demand side of the equation dominates sustained swings in oil price inflation. Having studied such cyclical dynamics for decades,…

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Colorado Governor Continues War on Oil and Gas

Shortly after Jared Pollis was sworn in as the 43rd governor of Colorado he issued a declaration of war against oil and gas in the state of Colorado. Since then there has been a political battle between the people and politicians from cafes to town halls to the state capital steps. Last April, the Governor signed a “local control” which…

Blockchain Early Adoption in Oil Industry - Risks and Rewards

Blockchain Early Adoption in Oil Industry – Risks and Rewards

Following the financial crisis of 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto came up with a revolutionary concept of decentralized money or cryptocurrency, bitcoin with the underlying technology of Blockchain. Since then, Blockchain is continuously improving and is striving to find a better application experience. Blockchain, the foundation of cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is a distributed network where records are secured by encryption algorithms and the consensus…

Comparing Oil Superpowers: No Match?

Comparing Oil Superpowers: No Match?

Last year, Russia and the USA produced respectively some 11.16 and 10.96 million b/d of crude oil and lease condensate or more than any other nation across the world (even more than the traditional but now decrepit oil heavyweighter Saudi Arabia (10.425 million b/d in 2018). Actually, this seems to be the only practical coincidence as all other patterns of…

Oil From Garbage: Any Prospects?

Oil From Garbage: Any Prospects?

At the end of 2018 Wiederkehr Recycling AG (Switzerland) successfully held the second stage of continuous pyrolysis plant TDP-2-200 commissioning. The pilot run of the plant was carried along with C65 (65 kW) Capstone microturbine. The Thermal Decomposition Plant is equipped with a generator operating on produced pyrolysis gas presented with the maximum declared capacity. The first stage of commissioning…

Letter from the Publisher (September-October 2019)

The EIA (Energy Information Agency) at the Department of Energy recently mentioned U.S. petroleum production increased 16 percent and natural gas 12 percent in 2018. The EIA said the increase was the largest petroleum and natural gas production increase from a single country in history. With that, the U.S. surpassed Saudi Arabia as the largest petroleum producer with Russia in…

Emerging Technology: Looking Toward the Future

Feature Podcast: Emerging Technology: Looking Toward the Future

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and IoT are all tools that are barreling through the oil and gas industry right now with a vengeance. This industry is an unassuming recipient of such advances, however they are not only embracing, but growing exponentially due to the safety, convenience and cost driven benefits they offer. Originally a world of pen and paper, rough…

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Gas Detection and the Connected Worker

In our increasingly connected world, portable gas detectors have been slow to keep up with the latest digital trends. In the age of IoT, you can control your toaster and home thermostat using an app on your smartphone, but what about your portable gas detector? When wearing a portable gas detector on the job, whether it’s a single gas H2S…

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Why Not Graphene?

Graphene is a sub-derivative material of the most abundant element on our planet: carbon. Known by scientists as the miraculous material, graphene is positioned as the biggest dream of manufacturers of materials such as spaceships, pipes protective covers, computer parts, auto parts for both bodywork and engines. It has also become the perfect compound for batteries and phone screens, computers…

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A Minute Saved, a Minute Gained? Why Analysis is Key for Your Next Drilling Project

It’s mid-January, 150 miles from land with the temperature around zero degrees Celsius. The waves are 50 feet high, with many large vessels having chosen to shelter closer towards the coast. It’s not worth the risk. Such conditions are not uncommon in the North Sea and strong winds and currents along with large waves can occur in many areas of…

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Odor Control in Oilfields Now Has Greener Options

Every year, oil companies receive hundreds of complaints about nuisance odors emanating from oilfields. For residents living in these areas, “rotten egg” smells and “dead fish” odors are a fact of life. Companies search to find the causes and solutions for these nuisance odors without breaking the bank. Companies are looking at new technologies and new applications of existing chemicals…

Josh Robbins

Quick View of The Acquisition & Divestiture Market

If you are interested in selling your deal in this current market, you won’t be alone in Q4. The market shift from hold to sell is happening, and it’s happening in a big way. The marketed deals will be done on a much larger scale, the smaller deals are being transacted off-market, because the value-add from mass marketing a smaller…

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Benefit Crude Oil Marketers

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Benefit Crude Oil Marketers

We all likely remember when supply chain visibility first revolutionized the commodity management industry. We saw early adopters and visionaries experience unprecedented growth, as they now had access to a game-changing technology that optimized their supply chains for the very first time. Now, there are two new technologies primed to change the commodity management game again. Artificial intelligence (AI) and…

The SnapWeld Collaborative Robot Welding package a UR cobot-assisted, interactive welding system that can be deployed easily and flexibly in existing welding booths.

Automated Pipe Welding Emerges from “Perfect Storm” of Technology Advances

Automated pipe welding has been little more than a pipe dream for decades. But advances in several critical technologies, including sensors, AI (Artificial Intelligence), and collaborative robotics, have converged to create a perfect storm of opportunity—and it’s happening just in time. The shortage of pipe welders in the U.S. has become a chokepoint for the oil and gas industry. Aging…

Mark Stansberry

The National Energy Dialogue Continues

The first International Energy Policy Conference was held in 1992. One of the speakers of the conference stated, “I think most Americans would welcome messages from an industry expressly committed to the importance of what it does, confident in its ability to manage risks, and willing to defend its important work against extremist assault. Most Americans understand the need for…

How Oil and Gas Employers Can Navigate an Applicant’s Economy

How Oil and Gas Employers Can Navigate an Applicant’s Economy

Few industries understand supply and demand dynamics as well as oil and gas—and few places in the world are seeing those dynamics play out as dramatically as in the Permian Basin, where a crippling talent shortage looms large. Midland’s July unemployment rate sat at a razor-thin 2.1 percent, and 15,000 jobs are open on any given day. At the same…

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