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August 1, 2020

Guyana; 2018

July 29, 2020

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"Leverage has gone to levels not seen in recent downturns and (Chevron's)management’s comments that it doesn’t plan to take on more leverage could indicate that a protracted recovery would force the company to cut spending further, or even its vaunted dividend."

-- Fernando Valle, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst



Some old footage of Kuwait, 1991, used 

in Mike's presentation, The History of 

Oil Well Firefighting and Well Control.

 Mike gave this presentation once a month, sometimes twice a month, for years; from California to Florida, North 

Dakota to Texas and back. Biggest crowd

was Orlando, +1000; standing ovation.

Most fun, Bismark, +300; we all got

drunk and the stories were great.

Cost to give presentation was $1-2K; 

all of which was donated back to the host's scholarship funds

Best played on current scale as resolution of film is not very good.


July 29, 2020

Gotcha!  You thought this was going to be about Exxon and Hess and kick-ass offshore stuff, uh? 

Well, here is the aftermath of a infill, check that, inyard, gas blowout in Demerara, Guyana, July 2018.  The operator/homeowner was drilling an unpermitted water well...

July 22, 2020

I went to the United States Surfing Championships  down near San Clemente, California one year (about a hundred years ago)  with the Texas delegation and when the contest was over we got to surf some jetties near Seal Beach in South Bay, close to Long Beach Harbour. Yo...

July 20, 2020

This is July 18, 1918  and Kansas Natural Gas Company is in the process of discovering the  Elk City Field in Elk County, Kansas. The well name is the Simmons No. 2 and its cable tools had just banged out about 3 feel of Mississipian Limestone at 1,340 feet....

July 14, 2020

Monday the Small Business Administration  announced that the Federal Payroll Protection Plan, or PPP for short, was responsible for saving "one half of all Texas oil and gas jobs." A whopping 6,600 different oil producers, oilfield suppliers and service companies asked...

July 6, 2020

The Potrero del  Llanos No. 4 in the Golden Lane of Eastern Mexico,  fue el más grande de todos los pozos de petróleo, nunca...was the greatest of all oil wells, ever.  


June 23, 2020

Last week there were still 137 HZ rigs running in the Permian Basin. Whazzup with that? 

Oil and natural gas wells make money or they don't. They don't start making money until they have paid back ALL costs associated with acquiring the lease to  put that well on a...

June 11, 2020

Red Adair, Brian Krause and Raymond Henry, Piper Alpha Tragedy, 1988 

Raymond Wesley Henry (1944-2020) passed away June 9, 2020 in Houston; he was 76 years old. Raymond was one of the world's premiere oil well well firefighters and blowout control specialists. He was go...

June 8, 2020

Snubbing (pushing) or stripping (pulling) pipe in and out of a live well bore under pressure is a really cool thing. Snubbing  becomes necessary when the well cannot be killed, or it is unadvisable to kill it - for instance if the pressure involved is so great a shut i...

May 24, 2020

Romania has a rich and colorful  oil history; it is believed some of the first  wells ever dug, little more than  earthen pits, recovered crude oil in Romania  as early as the year 1440. The first known commercial oil well was drilled in Romania in 1855,...

May 15, 2020

Melrose, Louisiana; circ. 1952

Melrose in on the Cane River, SE of Shreveport. Its beautiful country with lots of very old, very fertile plantations along river bottoms. This area is out of the Haynesville shale gas fairway but there were a number of shallow Cretaceous...

April 29, 2020

I'm reporting it.

The American shale oil industry is whining about Russia and OPEC "dumping" crude oil on the world market below its extraction costs, calling it blatantly unfair. The  Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), much like the API, represents th...

April 23, 2020

If Coots called you 'pods,' you were his buddy. He had a lot of buddies. He was kind and compassionate but at the same a no nonsense, tough sumbitch. I loved him; he was my hero. 

I was roughnecking on a Harken Drilling rig long ago  down in the valley somewhere; i...

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 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...

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