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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.


August 1, 2020

I do not pretest to be anybody other than a dumbass roughneck who has drilled and completed LOTS of wells with his own money. I don't have a college degree nor initials to put after my name, but after 45 years I do understand well economics and how to manage oil and ga...

April 3, 2020

                                                                                                                                          Pat Patton; 6.56 LA...

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...

March 1, 2020

The Kerr McGee, Phillips and Stanolin, Kermac No. 16, drilled in Breton Sound in 1947 gets the credit for being the first "offshore" well ever drilled in the United States. I am honored to have been dear friends with a man who helped tow the barges in place to build th...

February 28, 2020

This is another cool chart from showing all shale oil wells, all US shale oil basins thru 2019. Look at those decline rates! That's some 'double diamond-experts only' slopes right there...


January 3, 2020

The kelly and swivel was on the drill pipe when this loss of control occurred. The Hydrill did not close because the flow was clearly annular, around the kelly and up against the floor and rotary table slot, or key, whatever you want to call it. The flow was great enou...

September 4, 2019

Six years ago I made a bet with a prominent Texas geologist based on 40%, over or under. We both had been thru the Austin Chalk fiasco in the early 1980's so we picked forty to represent    the percentage of total wells drilled in the Eagle Ford, unconventional shale p...

August 25, 2019

                           The role of a "wiper plug" in single stage cementing of a casing string; 1:40 minutes

Consultants, supervisors, company men and rig hands in drilling operations all get exha...

August 7, 2019

This little well is 50 years old this month. So, in honor of her birthday she got a bath and a complete  make-over recently. She is  located in a  40 acre pooled unit that has three mineral owners in it, including the local school district and a very rural, Baptist chu...

July 2, 2019

We had an office in Maturin and did quite a bit of work in Venezuela. I do not know if Boots and Coots (Halliburton) even  has a presence in Venezuela anymore, if so, why it would. There is not much left of the oilfield down there, nor the country, sadly.  I love Venez...

May 14, 2019

My buddies, David Thompson and James Tuppen, Boots and Coots, Inc., 1989-1990.  This was an over-pressured Tuscalossa well for Amoco in Lafayette Parish. The well kicked up 5 inch DP and floor hands stabbed the DP with a TIW valve. It leaked so they stuck another TIW v...

January 22, 2019

Hercules Rig 265, for Walter Oil and Gas, Inc. off Grand Isle, Louisiana; 2013. This is a pretty well known blowout so I won't go into all the  gory details. The well kicked during completion work, zinc bromide completion fluid was not sufficient to balance BHP, it got...

October 24, 2018

                           Red Adair, left, with the heat shield; Myron Kinley on the immediate right

I have this photo in my 'Kinley' files but I thi...

March 24, 2018

I can tell Coots Matthews stories all day long. He was my hero and I am blessed to have known him and had the great privilege of working along side him.

I use to ask Coots to tell me stories, like a little boy would, and though I'd probably heard them before from him,...

February 19, 2018

This single pole pulling unit is currently located in a museum at the La Brea Tar Pits near Olinda, California and is of obvious historic importance to the history of oil in California. 

The problem with all this, as I see it, is that I worked on a rig just li...

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