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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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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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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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Rig count slides after 10 weeks of increases

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After ten weeks of gains, the U.S. rig count from Baker Hughes shows a decrease of six since last week, dropping from 665 to 659. However, the total is still up 9 from last year at this time when the count was 650. Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania each lost one rig. Oklahoma and Texas were each down two ...

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Rig count up for 10th straight week

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The total U.S. rig count increased seven this week for a total of 665, one ahead of last year’s total. Baker Hughes reported 529 rigs exploring for oil, with 135 exploring for natural gas. The Permian Basin still remains the rig leader, with 267 rigs in the area, up three from last week. Colorado gained one, Louisiana was up two, ...

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Halliburton hiring in West Texas

Halliburton hiring in Permian, An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Permian Basin near Farmington, New Mexico. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp)

According to FuelFix, Halliburton is set to hire 200 workers in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico. The Current-Argus reported that Halliburton spokeswoman Emily Mir said in late December there will be job opportunities throughout the Permian, including in Artesia. As the oil industry begins to see a small upswing, local businesses are crossing their fingers that ...

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Will Trump’s policies affect drilling or pipelines?

Oil field, Lost Hills, California (Image: Vincent Lammin) flickr

The election of Donald Trump has thrilled many people across the West’s oil and gas industry who say his promises to roll back regulations will free it from unfair and unnecessary obstacles imposed by President Obama, including drilling in the Western part of the United States. As California “If the Trump administration does nothing but stop being hostile to us, we’ll ...

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Reducing Refrac Risk – A Strategy for Success in Uncertain Times

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The World Bank has forecast crude oil prices around $55 per barrel in 2017. Yet there is considerable uncertainty around the outlook. Ongoing negotiations among OPEC producers, and China’s transition from a manufacturing to a service-based economy, will both affect an already volatile market.  So, which companies will be in the best position to not only survive—but thrive—during times of uncertainty? ...

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Texas adds 7 rigs; Dec. 2 rig count totals 597

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U.S. oil producers, especially in shale plays across the region, are likely crossing their fingers that OPEC’s commitment to cutting production will help oil prices to inch higher—and stay there. In the meantime, rig counts have inched up slightly. As reported by Baker Hughes, the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas went up a total of four ...

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OPEC agrees to cut production, US producers prepare to respond

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Have you been watching the price of oil? As this story is being written, WTI Crude sits at $51.37, up 31 cents. Yesterday, according to Reuters, Brent crude was at its highest in 16 months. Why the jump? Because the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to its first oil output reduction since 2008. Members pledged to remove 1.2 million barrels ...

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