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April 6, 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.”


February 4, 2020

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There are still some pretty good down hole hands around the oilfield, many of them, however, getting old and me. Most of those hands can fix and fish a lot of shit down there where's it dark, and hard to see. 

Then there are problems that r...

January 23, 2020

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The internet has made oil analysts and "experts' out of just about everybody. Folks that just five years ago never thought twice about oil economics, decline rates and depletion are all eaten up with it now, like a video game.  

Rule 1 to an...

December 4, 2019

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Workover rig operators are worth their weight in pure platinum. They are incredibly smart and ever watchful, even in the middle of hours and hours of repetitious boredom. As  master and commander of their "ship" they can rig up, rig down, pump fl...

November 20, 2019

Watching the block or thanking God he still has a job? Who you work for, matters.

October 8, 2019

Somedays in the oilfield, when things are going badly and you can't figure out what's going on downhole (its dark down there, you know)... or when you are spending money at the same rate the electric meter was whirling once Clark Griswold finally got his Christmas ligh...


Shit happens in the oilfield and things get stuck downhole. Sometimes you can pull on it and  jerk on  with the rig, but always risk parting the tubing, pulling the derrick in on top of you and/or generally tearing something up or hurting somebody. Sometimes  you can...

I trust these yahoos are sitting on their butts, looking bad ass, filling the hole up or circulating bottoms up, not just taking selfies. We're probably looking at a minimum of $2000 per hour in this photo. 

"I just want to begin by saying to Donald J Trump, what it is, what it shall be, what it was. The weather out here today is hot and shitty with continued hot and shitty in the afternoon. Tomorrow a chance of continued crappy with a pissy weather front coming down from...

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