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The Beast

April 9, 2020

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While Trump tweets really stupid stuff in a bizarre effort to manipulate  the world oil
market, and the Railroad Commission of Texas sits on its ass and does nothing (in the name of "free enterprise") the American oil and gas industry is going down. Not just shale oil, as the chart above implies, but ALL of us. The long term ramifications of that on 
Americas' hydrocarbon future will be a disaster of epic proportions. 


“There’s this regulatory authority that’s just sitting there unused for all these years but all of a sudden becomes relevant again,” said James Coleman, an energy law professor at Southern Methodist University. “The Texas Railroad Commission, although obscure, has always been an important international player.”


This big sumbitch is called, The Beast. Its Doyon's new Rig 26 being rigged up in Alpine  Fld. on the North Slope of Alaska for Conoco Phillips and it set to spud its first well any day now, April 2020. 

Its got the hook-load capacity and pump yard to reach out and...

This is a photograph of the America's most "important" oil executives in Washington on

Friday meeting with the President regarding the Saudi price war. Other than Harold Hamm, who has been whining for a government bail out for weeks, and maybe Jeff Hildebrand, all of t...

April 3, 2020

                                                                                                                                          Pat Patton; 6.56 LA...

April 2, 2020


Thanks to Ken Lay parody, Twitter, for the idea 

March 30, 2020

"Nunca le pido a Dios que haga nada por mí, sólo le pido que me ponga donde están las cosas,"  is a very old Mexican proverb that I learned long ago and am quite fond of.  My apologies to my Mexican friends for writing so poorly. 

The proverb means,   I n...

March 27, 2020

The yahoos in the photograph above are tired of cutting their respective country's oil production only to watch the US shale oil industry grow its production and steal their market share. The world is swimming in crude oil, the price is headed for $15, or worse, and th...

March 24, 2020

This is how a lot of Monday morning operations meetings are going for the US shale oil industry these days, no matter what language you speak. Banks are closing the valve, product prices are in the dirt and the end is near for many...

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March 19, 2020

I have been working tirelessly the past four years, and relentlessly the past three weeks on social media, etc. for the Texas Railroad Commission to re-implement conservation laws in Texas and to stop the flaring of natural gas and the producing, and selling of Texas r...

or, The Gingham Geologist and the Calico Engineer 

By Bill Borgsteadt, Humble Oil & Refining, Corpus Christi, Tx. circ. 1963

Said the geologist to the engineer,

My very dear friend, I sadly fear,

Though we're not prone to gripe or snipe,

I think there is no cement behind pi...

March 16, 2020

Freer, 1932; I guarantee this was a rough place. I even heard stories of the Duval Club when I was a kid. Freer is close enough to Mexico you might as well just go ahead and be in Mexico. 

West and slightly north of Freer, Government Wells Field was discovered in 1927-2...

March 15, 2020

If as a result of COVID-19 and declining worldwide oil demand "American-made crude oil" exports get whacked say by 2MM BOPD, that oil could be used to fill the SPR to the top, another 77MM barrels will do it (EIA,DOE). It will then take the mighty US shale oil industry...

March 13, 2020

This is a special photograph in my files of Richard Hatteberg and Boots Hansen (1926-2019), then working for the Red Adair Company, on the great, Bravo Platform blowout in 1977.  Read more about this Phillip's  blowout in the North Sea on Oily Stuff, here.


There is, no shit, 100 years of collective oilfield experience in this photograph and about 70 years of that is down hole. For the most part we learned that stuff  together... losing, and making lots of money together, working on the same workover rig, day after day, s...

Ray Lofton Dudley was the original founder of Gulf Publishing Company and publisher of Oil Weekly Magazine, its first issue being printed in 1916. Oil Weekly evolved into World Oil Magazine, today one of the leading oil and natural gas industry publications in the worl...

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