FIRE TESTED VS. FIRE SAFE DESIGN

The other day I had a customer call me and ask me the difference between Fire Tested and Fire Safe Design, I answered him the best that I could based on my own acquired knowledge however I thought this would be something for me to blog about so that I could learn more about it. Here is what I learned:   Top Level: Fire Safe Tested Valves: Valves built and tested (with fire at given intensity and time and with following operational and leakage tests)…

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When Drilling gets too close to you

It must be awful living in a small city, and the city decides to start drilling oil wells. Not just because of the noise, but because if the wells are not drilled the proper way- it could be very dangerous for the people who are living nearby, Even when if the wells are 800 or more feet away from where you live. I’m just hoping that the valves they use are good and will do their job in preventing major gas leaks. “Wells drilled hundreds…

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LIQUID PIPE MISTAKES COULD CAUSE FUTURE CALIFORNIA PIPELINE EXPLOSIONS

“Following the San Bruno pipeline explosion, the fire marshal wrote in a May report that many state fire departments “had outdated maps and old contact lists” and did not provide local officials with maps of their liquid pipelines, despite a 1988 federal law that required them to do so. To solve this problem, fire marshal division chief Bob Gorham notes that the state of California could set up an online map of pipelines for emergency officials. The National Pipeline Mapping System also provides information on…

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Christmas Tree Valves

Have you ever had an RFQ asking for a X-mas tree valve? And how are they related to the oil field?  Here are some interesting facts about them;   “-Most oil wells have two pipes that extend to the area where the oil and gas are located. One is the outer pipe called the production casing. It seals the well bore from all the outside dirt, rock and other stuff that the well is drilled through. There is a second pipe that the oil and…

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No direct link between fracking and water contamination

Great News! Fracking does not cause man made earth quakes!! “Preliminary findings from a study of hydraulic fracturing and shale-gas development show no direct link between the controversial process and groundwater contamination….Problems that have occurred in shale fields appear to be related to issues such as poor casing or cementing of wells, rather than fracking.” Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/11/09/3513063/ut-study-no-direct-link-between.html#ixzz1do5pth8D

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What the Frack?!?!?

Fracking is a term used to describe when the human hand uses a machine to inject the earth with millions of gallons of water along with sand and other chemicals to break up the shale rock and release the natural gas. I have read numerous of blogs online where different people swear this is extremely harmful to the environment. I have also learned that because of Fracking- gas production has tremendously increased. “LONDON – A controversial method of extracting gas from the ground known as…

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Where will Russia’s Gas go?

In my opinion, Russia has so much gas, more than the USA- but no one wants to drill there. Another example is Alaska. Alaska has an abundant amount of gas- but too beautiful to start drilling. I also read that Exxon is investing almost $2 Billion in Russia to explore for oil in the Arctic; this should create thousands of jobs for our Russian friends, sadly not for us Americans. “Emerging right from beneath the shore’s wet sand are pipes that will carry gas from…

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Eagle Ford Shale = More Jobs?

Yes, we have all heard that Texas is the state where all the oil is and how Eagle Ford Shale is producing more jobs.  What we haven’t heard is how drilling and fabrication companies are coming back in the Pennsylvania area because of the Marcellus Shale!               “In January through August of this year, 1,242 wells were drilled into the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania alone. That’s why the French company Vallourec is building a new $650 million mill in…

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