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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 16, 2020


August 13, 2020

Lafitte Oil Field is 6 miles south of the village of Jean Lafitte and about 15 miles SSE of New Orleans. This is my old fishing grounds and on clear days in the fall you can fish in the middle of this oil field and  see the New Orleans skyline in the distance and smoke...

                                                                                                                                                Click to enlarge...

August 8, 2020

Allow me this one time to brag a little, please...

 This is Ms. Catherine as an aspiring actress in California (she still gets residual checks !)....

...and this is Ms. Catherine as a world renown model. 

On the right is Ms. Catherine, 30 years later,  yesterday...

August 5, 2020

This coming  Friday, August 7,  marks  the  death  of  legendary oil well  firefighter, Red Adair. To honor Red on the sixteenth anniversary of his passing this is an edited reprint of a 2010 story written for the Oilpro social network about Red, Coots Matthews, Boots...

August 4, 2020

I love the imagery and quality of this cartoon; nine fingers on the ump, the look the catcher is giving the call; the curve ball; its great !

Seven trillion smackers in 3 1/2 years and Mr. Powell is till swinging for the fences. Can we get on without the FED; just do a...

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...

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 26, 2020

These OPEC + guys know EXACTLY what they're doing. They know what debt does to a marginally profitable resource play and what the lack of capital does to the US shale oil sectors ability to borrow more money in the future. I don't think they're going to let the US shal...

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....

It's hard to describe how hot it is in Texas right now; I often say that if people from up north and/or California would visit Texas in late July and August they'd never come back...which would tickle me plum to death.  

On a limestone or W. Texas caliche pad, by 16:00...

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 11, 2020

100,000 men and women have left the oil and gas industry in the past 90 days, gone home without a job. Likely for good.

CEO's, however, are still kicking ass and trying to keep their names out of the press. 90:1 is the ratio of CEO compensation to employee pay...if you...

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.  


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