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Pipeline leak in Canada

A new leak was discovered Thursday of last week located in the northwestern park of Alberta, Canada. The spill came from a NuVista Energy company. Roughly 100,000 liters of a mixture of water, oil and gas have seeped through.

"On Friday afternoon, a helicopter crew doing regular daily inspection and maintenance work saw a "small area of stressed vegetation" along the pipeline route and the line was shut down immediately"

The company quoted that safety and the environment is their number one concern so responding very quickly was not an issue for them. No traces were found of any wildlife was harmed.


Where can you find safety regulations regarding pipelines?

If you are  unsure about the safety regulations concerning pipelines working around or near, then you need to familiarize yourself with the many regulations that the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has put together.  The following can be found here:

The website is a great resource tool for new and old technicians who need a briefing of what is allowed and what is now. On the left hand side, one may find numerous amounts of training tools. For example, one may look up a certain date when there will be a training seminars or workshops on pipeline safety.

One of the tools I found very useful was the glossary. When new on the job, your boss may you what the absolute humidity is of a specific system. In this case it is explained as,” the measure of the amount of water vapor actually in the air. Often stated as pounds of water vapor per pound of dry air. At any given temperature, relative humidity equals 100 times the absolute humidity divided by the greatest amount of water vapor that can be present in the air at that temperature.”


Trunnion Ball Valves

Although not yet in the field, we too have a list of safety procedures that must be met when working with Valves. Picture above: Automated Trunnion Ball Valve



Abandoned mines in Colorado contaminate waterways

What happens when mines leak heavy metals –laced muck into lakes and rivers? Dead fish begin appearing, human drinking water becomes contaminated, thus human health declines. Colorado officials are trying to think of ways to clean up the mining mess. Roughly, 230 old mines are leaking this muck into all the waterways nearby.

These old mines have leaked so much for so long, thousands of gallons a minute that state agencies don't track the combined toxic flow. But by the estimates at sites where the Environmental Protection Agency has stepped in, the overall discharge equals at least one Gold King disaster every two days — spreading cadmium, copper, lead, arsenic, manganese, zinc and other contaminants.

Colorado officials are doing the best they can in cleaning it all up, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. Currently, 1645 miles of rivers are contaminated specifically from the mines. Complaints of cheap labor seem to be a huge issue. Restoring these lakes and rivers back to their natural state might take decades if not longer. State mining officials have spent $12.3 million on mind-reclamation work between 2009 and 2014.


What is the future intake on Global warming?

Did you know that global warming is caused by carbon dioxide building up into the atmosphere, thus trapping more and more heat? According to, roughly 60% of the carbon gets pulled into “carbon sinks”, which is another term for lakes, rivers, and oceans. But how much is really going into these bodies of water?

It’s fairly well established that about 30 percent of atmospheric CO2 is pulled into the oceans, and it is thought that another 30 percent is sucked up by land-based ecosystems. But the estimates of how much various forests, grasslands and other systems take in doesn’t quite add up — there seem to be some missing sinks. A new study has a somewhat surprising candidate that could fill at least some of that gap: large aquifers below the world’s deserts.

 A recent study shows that once the carbon hits these bodies of water it is then covered by a thick layer of mud and sand and never again to rise into the atmosphere. The troubling fact is that once the carbon hits the water it actually expands, thus doubling as the water moves through irrigated fields.

Based on how the rates of carbon burial have happened in this region over history it is estimated that the aquifer (which contains 10 times the amount of water as the Great Lakes) holds about 22 billion tons of carbon. By comparison, the  world emitted about 32 billion tons of CO2 in 2014!

Global warming affects all of us in many different ways. For example, stronger hurricanes, more heat waves and much more. The more we learn about how climate change will affect people and the environment. This is why people need to take action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change.


Job seekers in a depression

Do you remember when the price per barrel was high? Yes, it was some time ago and we also wrote a blog then about some of the best salary jobs that were in the Oil&Gas industry. For example, if you were working on a rig back then you would have probably would have been making around $80k. Pay was high, but the hours were long as well. Now that the price for oil is low, these jobs are no longer in demand. The pay is around $50k to $80k. “Keeping pay and bonus percentages constant has been made possible only through cost-saving layoffs. U.S.-based energy firms announced 60,500 job cuts in the first six months of 2015”

If you are having trouble finding a job or interested in a career change, has made a list of some potential jobs that one might find interesting, especially when the price for oil is low.


Accounting: Bad economic times increase businesses' and individuals' desire to wisely account for every last dollar.

Education: Even in the current slowdown, our political leaders seem committed to education spending, and voters continue to pass education bonds to upgrade facilities.

Entertainment: During the Great Depression, the movie industry boomed as people craved escapism and had time to burn. That would very likely be the same today: The film, video game, sports, and creative arts industries should remain viable.

Utilities: This is the classic defensive stock investment. Even in the worst of times, utilities stay cranking.

Alternative energy: Despite all the media attention to solar and wind energy, it's possible that the nuclear industry would, over the next decade, create the most jobs.

Health care: The jobs with the most security include registered nurses, physician assistants, internal medicine physicians, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, and physical therapy assistants.

Law firms: If they specialize in discrimination law, immigration law, or sexual harassment—they'll still need plenty of employees.

Law enforcement: In tough times, the level of crime tends to increase.


Texas jobs uprising or down?

Earlier last year, there were tons of new oil discoveries that fueled many parts of Texas. The top 10 counties in Texas that benefited the best were Midland who introduced a little over 3000 jobs, being followed by, Bexar, Frio, Ector and Tarrant. The downfall came when the price per barrel dropped drastically thus cutting jobs by more than 50%! The county that suffered the worst in Texas was Harris County, a total of 1115 jobs were lost.

“Clearly, Texas has a very significant oil and gas sector. Many parts of Texas are affected by oil and gas specifically from shale gas in the southwest to the sizeable corporate headquarters in Houston and Dallas”

Although, new jobs have been created and lost, this year in 2015, companies are trying to adjust with the lower gas prices.


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