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September 21, 2020

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September 21, 2020

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  Lea County, New Mexico Horizonal Wolfcamp A wells.  The EUR of the parent wells gets 
  whacked when child well spacing is reduced 50%, from 1600 feet to 800 feet. 


 "There are still too many (shale oil) CEOs per barrel of oil equivalent,"

 Chevron CFO, Pierre Breber


All the ranchers where I operate are not beneath asking when I am going to drill another oil well somewhere because they all know as soon as I  spud...  it will start raining

cats and dogs. 

We thought we had a green light for this little well and out of nowhere it came a turd floater and  rained for 3 days straight;  seven inches total. It was a nightmare but we got it done. 

This is the life of stripper well 

operator; we always find a way.


September 21, 2020

In Texas, flaring natural gas is really  stupid. It's not Siberia we live in. The Permian Basin is over 100 years old and there is oil and gas gathering infrastructure all over West Texas; that basin is only 500 miles from the largest refinery capacity in the entire wo...

September 21, 2020

This is a photograph of one of three, 3,000 foot drilling rigs designed and built by National Supply  and staffed by Noble Drilling and Fain-Porter Drilling  hands from Oklahoma, working in Eakring Field in England at the height of  World War II.  A fourth rig was ship...

September 17, 2020

Okeedokee; there were several  "joints"  along main street in Desdemona in North Central Texas in  1917; The Gusher looks to be the best spot. That's my kinda joint because a feller could walk right off the rig floor after his hitch and straight into the...

September 14, 2020

The Photography of Mike Rasco 


September 13, 2020

Almost 39 years ago to the day this little girl got her first overriding royalty interest in a producing oil and natural gas lease; the first of many in fact. She went on to become a doctor.

Twenty  months ago this little girl got her first overriding royalty inter...

September 10, 2020


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September 7, 2020

This is my beat up, 30 year old Halliburton briefcase for the field that stays  in my pickup's toolbox pretty much full time. Its covered in hard hat stickers from all over the world and  its got crude oil splotches on it. Trust me, you would NOT want to lay your white...

September 4, 2020

This was an engineering marvel drilled by Shell (NFG) in Loving County, Texas in early 2019 that everybody liked to call the "horseshoe" well. The directional drilling community went bat shit crazy over this thing.

To circumvent a zone of extreme loss circulation in an...

September 1, 2020

This is a 1934-1935 circ. Gulf  well in the early development of McElroy Field, some 2,700 foot Grayburg stuff that in parts of the field had kick ass permeability. McElroy I believe has produced close to 480MM BO since 1926  with another 100MM or so to go under water...

August 30, 2020

This movie is so intense you'll be stinking exhausted after watching it. It's got a cool oilfield component to it that intrigued me; an oil well fire and Mexico. The location of the fire in the movie is supposedly Venezuela but filming occured south of Pozo Rico and no...

August 27, 2020

I was my dad's only son so when I was old enough to walk I was old enough to work. By the time I was thirteen years old I was an old hand in the oilfield. I could run a pulling unit, throw a spinning chain and drive  the stick shift pickup, by myself, to check wells. I...

August 25, 2020

Rising GOR in HZ Wells In The Midland Basin?

No problemos, says Enverus  

This was sent to me by a smart PE buddy of mine operating in the IB. It appears to be a recent quote from DrillingInfo (Enverus), a rebuttal to Scott Lapierre's work  regarding  Midland Basin...

August 23, 2020

God, when I first saw this I thought it was me on the makeup tongs. That's about the time I started on a rig floor and it was not long after that I was throwing a spinning chain.

But I died laughing when I read the caption.  If my dad told me to get him a 5/8ths open e...

August 18, 2020

Our last post on Oily Stuff was about the Lafitte oil field in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, a large deep seated salt feature that produced, we think, as much as 200M BO from Miocene sands draped over the top of it. Before we vamanosee Louisiana for awhile we thought we...

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