Global Valve and Controls

Gas Prices Low, Layoffs High

Mark Green stated in his blog on February 6th, 2015, “The oil and natural gas industry expects to have 1.3 million jobs that will need to be filled through 2030. The product of baseline growth, pro-development policies, capital investments and the need to replace retiring workers. That means opportunity.”

Because the oil prices have increasingly dropped, large corporations continue to lay off their employees in 2014 and 2015, the layoffs may increase throughout the year of 2015. Baker Hughes, Halliburton, and Schlumberger, laid off 17,000 jobs all together if not more. Martin Craighead, CEO of Baker Hughes stated in a conference call with analysts, “This is the really crappy part of the job, and this is what I hate about this industry frankly. This is the industry, and it’s throwing us another one of these downturns, and we’re going to be good stewards of our business and do the right thing. But these are never decisions that are not done mechanically.”

As CEO’s it is never easy to lay off their employees. But the oil and natural gas industry is not the only industry laying their employees off. American Express, as well as, EBAY also are laying their employees off. The two companies laid off 6,400 jobs in 2014 and 2015 combined.

Do you remember Victor Frankl? He is a Jewish man who survived the Holocaust and he said “One of the keys to survival was choosing the right attitude if anyone could say that attitude is a choice, it would be a concentration-camp survivor. The only thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.” Victor experience is a positive outlook, yes being laid off may be the worst experience in your life, though, staying positive may influence you and build courage to quickly find work anywhere you strive for. It’s good to remember the positive no matter how negative life can get.






How far is America willing to go?

Barack Obama announced in his press conference in 2012, “Once the Keystone XL Pipeline comes across my desk one more time, I will VETO it!” As a woman in the Oil & Natural Gas Industry, I see both points of view. The Democratic Party is concerned about Global Warming, and the Republican Party is concerned about American jobs. This will be a difficult decision, to pass a bill that can either benefit or hurt the United States of America. The Democratic fears the pipeline will cause major Global Warming and be very crucial to the environment, as the Republican Party shows initiative for their Americans to have jobs.

“A Nebraska Judge issued a temporary injunction barring TransCanada “from using eminent domain to force landowners to sell rights allowing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on their property” reported, in the Huffington Post February 12, 2015. But that injunction isn’t the only one that was issued. In my article, “Pipelines Unhappy with Texas Eminent Domain Ruling”, on July 24th, 2012, Julia Trigg Crawford, a landowner and farmer in Lamar County, stated “I was sued by the famous pipeline corporation “TransCanada Corp.” When she refused to turn over part of her land, she told news reporters “The process lacks real oversight by any empowered and engaged state agency. Why is it my responsibility as a Texas Landowner to make a foreign corporation to prove critical elements that should be step one in the state permitting process?” And as right as she was, why should she be responsible? Interesting, that is exactly what TransCanada went and did.

As TransCanada fights with legal issues from landowners who do not agree to sell rights, hopes to resolve the issues quickly. It has been six and a half years under revision, and followed every local, state and federal protocol for this bill. Only 90% of Nebraska landowners agreed for the route, with that being said, TransCanada wants to work with the landowners, not against them.

The bill received 270 votes of agreement with 152 non-agreement votes, only 29 democrats agreed. Should this be rare? With less than 7 days, Barack Obama will need to make a choice, either sign the bill or veto it.

The Keystone XL is a symbol for a much larger fight.


The Keystone pipeline crosses an international border and requires the approval of the State Department, which should never be a problem in Congress, but the President shouldn’t have a say in it. Though, the only reason this pipeline hit the media as hard as it did in 2012 and now in 2015, with the assistance of ‘Obama’s environmental base according to Pew Research, it’s Unions vs. Environmentalists.

(Remember, billionaire activists Tom Steyer promised $100 million to candidates in the 2014 midterms who opposed Keystone.) The environmental group threatened to pull support from Obama‘s 2012 re-election bid if he had approved Keystone.

Once the bill is vetoed, it’ll go back to Congress to be reconsidered. To override President Barack Obama, the Senate will need 4 votes from Democrats in the House filled of 12.

The downfall in this entire political controversy, President Obama will show where his position really stands with the House and The United States of America. Changing 4 minds should not be that difficult, and once the votes are in and the Keystone XL Pipeline moves forward, look out America!


How is fugitive emissions important to our industry?

We have discussed fugitive emissions before and now it is as important as it was then. You ask, what exactly is Fugitive Emissions, and what does it have to do with our industry? Well, being a manufacturer of valves, being green and making sure our valves do not leak is a huge benefactor for us and our customers.

"Fugitive emissions in valves happen when there is an issue with the seal between the process fluid and the external requirement, such as in valve gland assemblies, relief valve seal systems, unburnt flare losses, and other situations. It is estimated that up to 60% of fugitive emissions are caused by an issue with the valves, followed by problems with flanged joints and pump seals."

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been regulating fugitive emissions for quite a while now, especially in the refineries and plants.  They are now, " now expanding to include checking for fugitive emissions on barges and other marine vessels."