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May 28, 2020

Kinley in Romania; 1931

May 24, 2020

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80% of American shale oil growth has occurred  on credit.  If left to its own resources to drill and complete wells, from net revenue, it would have died an ugly death ten years ago.  


"Such is America’s reliance on new drilling that 55% of the country’s shale production is from wells drilled in the past 14 months, according to" Bloomberg 


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...

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 5, 2020

Awaiting final revisions from the Railroad Commission of Texas, December 2019 light tight oil production from horizontal (HZ) wells in the Permian Basin will be something in the order of 4.0MM BOPD (, EIA).

Most of America's oil exports come from the Pe...

February 26, 2020

This is a Wild Well Control job in Algeria in 2008 my buddy, Wayne Lansford was on. It was in the infamous, Gassi Touli field, the home of 1963, Devils Cigarette Lighter.

February 20, 2020

Click on this image and watch in real time how gas flaring has grown in Texas and North Dakota from January 1, 2018 to February 15, 2020

You can tinker with the Sky Truth satellite image, above, all you want and zero in on any area in the world you wish. If you chose th...

February 16, 2020

I suspect everyone has already seen this little film of oilfield vehicles and oilfield roads in the 1920's; if you have just skip it and move on to the little story about the brief, young life of Chigger Brown from Cisco, Texas. Otherwise it sort of sets the stage for...

January 10, 2020

119 years ago today, January 10, 1901, Spindletop came roaring to life in Southeast Texas and the beginning of oil era commenced.

She was awesome in her debut and the ensuing development of the salt dome was nothing short of spectacular with oil blowing everywhere, mass...

January 6, 2020

Energy Producers’ New Year’s Resolution: Pay the Tab

for the Shale Drilling Bonanza

"$200 billion in shale debt due in next four years. Roughly $200 billion in North American oil and gas debt will mature in the next four years, according to the Wall Street Journal, whic...

December 11, 2019

From the contents of this one ton, crew cab truck we can fix almost anything in the oilfield you can possibly imagine.

We can chop saw it, chain saw it, grind it, thread it, heat it up, shake it out, cut it, weld it, clean it, gauge it, measure it, mike it, calibrate i...

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