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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.


October 17, 2017

This is a photo, from left to right, of Richard Hatteburg, David Thompson, Raymond Henry, Dave Wilson & Mike Shellman.

Richard and Raymond worked for Red Adair for 25 years before buying Boots and Coots, Inc. in 1998.  Raymond was with Red on the Ixtoc disaster in Mexi...

October 16, 2017

 ... and then there is this regarding increasing American exports. Hot diggity dog !!

October 15, 2017

America will need ALL of it's remaining hydrocarbon resources in the near future, including that oil production that occurs from the Gulf of Mexico,  Alaska and  onshore conventional sources; EOR projects and stripper wells, alike. Stripper wells alone account for over...

October 6, 2017

Rarely should we pay a whole lot of attention to what shale CEO's say about the performance of their corporations as it is almost always rooted in self serving, self preservation. Their jobs are to raise money, mass manufacture shale wells, book more over inflated rese...

October 4, 2017

This is a short video used in the presentation, THE HISTORY OF OIL WELL FIREFIGHTING AND BLOWOUT CONTROL. From 2001 to 2008 I must have given this presentation to 10,000 people or more, from San Diego to Bismarck, Four Lauderdale to Houston. Once in Perth, Western Aust...

October 3, 2017

This photograph pretty much sums up the current state of America's domestic oil industry. The ship is an empty VLCC class oil tanker being piloted thru the Corpus Christi Ship Channel on its way to load unconventional oil produced from  the Eagle Ford shale play in Sou...

September 29, 2017

Don't be fooled by how beautiful Catherine is; she is a hell of an oilfield hand. She can tally pipe, weigh and take viscosities on drilling mud, use a cutting torch, weld and manage selective perforating tasks using cased hole gamma ray, CCL logs. She loves the oilfie...

September 22, 2017

Myron M. Kinley 1898-1978

AT 2:00 AM on the morning of 29 June 1936  the National Oil Company, St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad No. 1 well in Refugio County, Texas was drilling ahead at 4,354 feet when an over pressured gas sand was encountered and the well bl...

September 21, 2017

Felix Resources, LLC, drilled and completed a horizontal STACK shale well in Blaine County, Oklahoma in 2015. The well was believed to be completed in the Meramec formation at a total vertical depth of 8,800 feet. When frac'ed the job traveled up, out of zone...

September 19, 2017

I carried a 'diary' with me on blowouts and fires when I worked for Boots Hansen and Coots Matthews in the 1990's. My friends, David Thompson, the late, Joe Carpenter and I went on a little job in Bolivia one time in 1996; flew first to La Paz which I recall was over 1...

September 18, 2017

This is one of our favorite videos at Oily Stuff. We like the music, but we like the message too; that the oilfield never sleeps. It goes around the clock, seven days a week, rain or shine.

Life for stripper well operators in America is slowly being lost; older generat...

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