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Oil rig count up 7th straight week, gas count down

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The Baker Hughes rig count rose to 756 this week, with a gain of 7 rigs exploring for oil and gas. The U.S. gas rig count dropped by 5, according to data from Baker Hughes March 3. According to Business Insider, WTI crude oil futures are headed for a weekly loss of 1.5%, following data from the Energy Information Administration ...

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Humor in the Oilfield Finally Has A Book

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These days, there hasn’t been much humor floating around, especially for the oil and gas industry. But one person, with over 40 years of experience in the industry, has managed to find humor in almost everything he’s been involved with over the years.  And he put it in a book. Jeff Miller, frequent contributor to the Energy Media Group has ...

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Epic pipeline from Permian to Corpus Christi announced

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Yet another pipeline is in the works. A 730-mile cross-Texas pipeline would take crude oil and condensates from the Permian Basin to the Port of Corpus Christi and other area drop-offs. The so-called Epic Pipeline would have a maximum capacity of 440,000 barrels per day with crude pickup points include Orla, Pecos, Crane and Midland, according to a news release. ...

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Huge shortage of well inspectors leaves many unmonitored

A pump jack works to extract oil and gas from a well in Wyoming's Niobrara shale

Maybe becoming a well inspector is your next job. The Houston Chronicle reported today that several thousand wells just haven’t been checked recently. Not because oil and gas operations are so efficient that there are never any mistakes. But because there just aren’t enough inspectors to go around. Commissioners report that approximately 65 percent of wells haven’t been inspected for ...

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Coal dominates in Texas as energy source

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According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, coal was the number one energy source for Texas in January, reports FuelFix. Coal provided nearly 36 percent of Texas’ energy, followed by natural gas at 30 percent and wind at 20 percent. Natural gas prices increased in January, which led to higher demand for the cheaper coal. Typically, natural gas is the dominant source ...

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Rig count up 12, 200 over last year

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The Baker Hughes North American Rig Count showed an increase of 12 rigs exploring for oil and gas on Friday, Feb. 10. This number shows an increase of 200 rigs to a total of 741 over last year’s count. Confidence that OPEC may stay true to its agreement to cut production could be driving the rig count increase. The Permian ...

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Texas RR commissioner Sitton’s ethics questioned

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When Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, was picked by President Trump as secretary of state, immediately there were questions about potential conflicts of interest and the oil tycoon’s ability to made conflict-free decisions in his new role. So he agreed to sell more than 600,000 shares of his company, worth more than $54 million. He gave up potential ...

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Rig count continues to swell

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The Baker Hughes rig count Friday showed another significant increase in exploration for oil and gas. The rig count went from 712 to 729, an increase of 17. Of those rigs, 583 are exploring for oil and 145 are exploring for gas. All the additions this week were looking for oil. Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado and Wyoming each added one rig. ...

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Weatherford cuts 3,000 jobs

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Weatherford International plans continued cost cuts to bring its net debt from $6.5 billion at the end of 2016 to less than $3 billion over the next four years, said CEO Krishna Shivram on a Feb. 2 conference call, reports the Houston Business Journal. Part of the plan to reduce costs comes in the form of job cuts. The company ...

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How farmers and ranchers are using spray foam insulation

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Most people typically think about spray foam insulation for home construction, commercial buildings, and roofing since it prevents leaks, wards off humidity and mitigates temperature fluctuation. It makes heating and cooling more cost-effective. But spray polyurethane foam, or SPF, has taken the agricultural industry by storm, too, with farmers and ranchers seeing the benefits of spray foam over other traditional ...

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