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Shale Gas Fact or Fiction

There have been so many articles relating to the shale oil that I believe it is important to know what is true and what is not.

First, what is shale? Shale gas refers to natural gas that is trapped in shale formations. Shales are fine-grained sedimentary rocks that can be rich sources of petroleum and natural gas.

How does one person go about getting these rock formations out of the ground? There are 2 methods. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic drilling.

There is a limited amount of shale to go around: False. According to the EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2011, the United States possesses 2,552 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of potential natural gas resources.

What are some of the most common shale plays that we have heard or read about? Barnett shale, Marcellus shale, and Utica shale.

Coal is cleaner than natural gas. False. Natural gas is cleaner-burning than coal or oil.

Should we be worried when shale is being extracted? Yes. Issues in decreased and polluted water supply in the surrounding areas have been reported. There have also been reports of chemicals being mixed in with water sources due to the drilling.



Mining: Then and Now

Mining has changed over the course of years, including but not limited to the technology, process, health risks and concerns as well as the environment. Back then, in order to claim land miners would simply stick their shovels into the ground and start digging! Today, in order to start digging a mining company would first have to fill out paperwork and pay a fee to make their claim on a piece of property. This process can take up to 10 years, sometimes even longer! There are two types of claims that a person or company can make:

  • Lode claims cover veins of such mineralized rock as quartz, gold or other metallic minerals that have well-defined boundaries and broad zones. The Bureau of Land Management limits the size of a lode claim to 1,500 feet long and 600 feet wide.
  • Placer claims give people rights to loose minerals, such as sand, gravel or gold that has eroded from rock and washed downstream.

Technology has definitely transformed the business, but the process to stake a claim is very time consuming and can be very expensive. To find the perfect spot for their digging miners will use drones to circle above the area to take photographs and measurements.

There are many health risks and environmental concerns to miners. For example, “the mining industry, dominated by a handful of multinational corporations, pays no federal royalties and leaves behind a landscape of dramatically diminished value, the environmentalists say.”

Health risks pose a threat to the miners working as well as the people who live by such as, contaminated water filled with chemicals from mining. These risks also include the animals that live in the area. Their water source gets contaminated as their land gets destroyed by the large machines that dig, thus eliminating migration grounds and displacing wildlife.

Mining officials say they work hard to mitigate negative impacts associated with mining. For example, before ground is disturbed, companies must ensure that adequate funds are available to complete reclamation and remediation of exploration and mining sites” But not everything always goes their way which leads to destruction of land, food and water.


Solar energy rises

Despite the falling oil prices ( now lower than ever), the solar, wind and energy industry is on the rise for power. The industry is keeping up with the latest technologies and therefore being extremely competitive all around the world. For example. India who's air quality is very poor due to pollution will be using clean energy to reduce waste. Another example, "China is cutting back its use of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, even though it’s cheap. Developing countries in Africa, where many people don’t have access to a central power grid, are pursuing solar projects as a quicker and less costly way to provide electricity. Wealthier countries are using solar to create micro grids that can keep the lights on when storms like Hurricane Sandy knock out the grid."

Whereas oil is mostly used for transportation, the energy industry is more commonly used for power plants that produce electricity. This is definitely new news, as "the last time oil was at this price, the cost of renewable s was much higher." As a result, the solar, windy and energy industry is very desirable and here to stay it will only rise higher and higher.




The regions of O&G most at risk

Testing Thru Conduit Gate Valves / Pipeline Gate Valves for an in the field project

Testing Thru Conduit Gate Valves / Pipeline Gate Valves for an in the field project

A recent study shows which regions are most at risk when it comes down to cutting jobs and employees. If you remember, for the past 9 (almost 10)  years, oil was booming every where because of the new shale findings. To name a few; Bakken, Eagleford, Utica, Permian, and Grand Total and a few others was the reason the oil&Gas industries and the oil boom started soaring like never before. To be more precise, data shows that the employment in 248 counties where shale was being discovered rose by 5.6%. Not only did the oil boom create thousands of jobs but also raised their pay scale by 48%.

Unfortunately, as oil prices came crashing down, "many oil producers have cut back on new drilling, many boomtown counties face the prospect of a painful oil bust. That said, many of the production gains in those counties have come from improved methods and technologies that generate more output per worker."

While many were laid off, the lucky ones who kept their jobs are now using the new technology as mentioned above. For example, back then, many oil producers were drilling vertical holes in the ground but now, "increase in the amount of oil and natural gas being produced by advances in horizontal drilling."

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The positive outcome from low oil prices

The price per barrel of oil continues to go down, some states the price at the pump is just above $1. This has not happened since 1999. Many large oil and gas companies are continually downgrading their employees, but the positive outcome of the low oil price is that the hundreds of people who are at the pump are also saving hundreds of dollars every week. "An additional $500 to $800 in their pocket to spend last year. That’s enormously helpful and what happens is they spend it. You have more consumer demand – the business have to hire,”

While the Oil and Gas companies are not booming as they have been, we are beginning to see an increase in the US solar industries." The US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, a new report from the Solar Foundation claims, with most of the jobs in power panel installation." By the end of last year, we saw the increase in employees nearly doubled! That number is now higher than the number of people who work in the Oil and Gas companies.

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GVCINTL Cast Steel Gate Valves

We have tweeted, posted it on Facebook and mentioned it on LinkedIn. Finally we are taking the next step and writing a blog about what the GVC Challenge is. I will not get very detailed as if you are interested in this challenge, you must make yourself present and contact the office, however, I will make it more easy for you to decide if you want to or not by educating you on the many products that Global Valve and Controls has to offer. Each week I will go through and state the facts, information and everything you need to know about specific products.

First, let me mention that our customer service is top notch! The GVC team will not rest until we have resolved the problem, being hands on and involved with critical thinking, jumping into the trenches, next to you, whether rain or shine. To top it off, we even have a valve md on standy by 24/7 waiting to answer any questions you have whether technical or non technical.

Our first product I would like to make public is our Cast Steel Gate valves. I've included pictures down below as well.

Quick facts:

  • Cast Steel
  • Gate Valve, OS & Y Bolted Bonnet Design
  • ANSI Class 150-2500
  • Flanged and Butt Weld Ends
  • WCB, CF8M, and Various Other Alloys Available
  • Designed in accordance to API60

Data sheet:

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No more drilling in Bristol Bay

Environmentalists and nature lovers have received the news they have always wanted to hear; their precious Bristol Bay in Alaska is under the protection of President Obama, and there will be no further disruption to the ecosystem. The reason that Mr. Obama has put these waters under his protection is because, Bristol Bay is home to the last pristine salmon ecosystem in North America and stands unmatched in its productivity. Nearly 50 percent of the world’s wild sockeye salmon come from these waters.” This bay is a jewel for the people who live near or around it as it supports and creates at least 12,000 jobs for the fishermen and processors and provides in the millions of dollars in jobs for commercial fishermen. ”Removing Bristol Bay from future offshore drilling plans is the right decision. We congratulate Bristol Bay leaders for their vision in ensuring that America’s “Fish Basket” will continue to be one of the richest ecosystems and a source of sustenance for people in Alaska and around the world.”

Bristol Bay has not always been so fortunate; many years ago many oil and gas developers were seeking this particular area for drilling.




Benefits of Oil

If you have been keeping up with the news around the world, or even in your back yard, then you already know that the oil prices are still low and it’s not looking any better than it did last month or the month before. It is now a fact that the sectors for the oil and gas industry will never be where they were, but instead will become accustomed to the change. This leads us to why is the oil so important to our economy? Did you know, “oil is directly responsible for about 2.5% of world GDP but also accounts for 1/3 of man kinds energy supply.”

DID YOU KNOW? “The world’s oil & gas transport infrastructure is a globe-spanning spider web of pipelines and shipping routes. The natural gas distribution pipelines in the US alone could stretch from Earth to the Moon 7-8 times”

Without oil, we might as well all be doomed. Not literally. In other words, oil is healthy, and without it, we would all live in poverty. “Better sources of energy increase productivity and produce fewer negative externalities. This effect is huge. Cheap, abundant energy lifts nations out of poverty. China understands this.”


Hiring in the oil crisis

Oil has been low for about a year now and it will continue to be stable till maybe the year 2020 researchers predict. This information doesn’t necessarily mean it will become harder for more and more workers to find jobs, but what it does mean is that even there many companies are laying off, they are still hiring for new talent. Companies such as Chevron, “has maintained a robust recruitment program, despite falling oil prices that have battered the industry.”

Southwestern Energy Co., another example,” While some industry veterans may worry that companies are searching for younger and cheaper replacements amid a slump that has pinched budgets across the industry, McCauley said recruitment doesn’t have to displace existing workers.” These two companies are just two examples, as there are many others that are hiring for new talent to keep up with business.

As employees working for energy companies watch the flurry of layoff announcements with trepidation, their best strategy is to work hard to better themselves and the company — figure out ways to leverage the crisis to create opportunities — rather than “hunkering down and just trying to survive


ExxonMobil’s new plant in Singapore

The Singapore Refinery spans two operating sites: Jurong on the mainland and Pulau Ayer Chawan (PAC) on Jurong Island. Pipelines connect the two sites to enable seamless operations and effective molecule management. This integrated refinery has a combined nameplate capacity of about 592,000 barrels per day, producing fuels, lubricant basestock and chemical feedstock for its customers and sister plants each day.

According to, Exxonmobil is expanding their operations in Jurong to produce synthetic lubricants. This expansion will help meet the needs of the population in the Asia Pacific region.

When completed in the second half of 2017, the facility will be the only plant in the Asia Pacific producing Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil.”

 “According to a recently completed analysis by Kline & Company, Asia-Pacific demand for passenger car synthetic engine oil is expected to grow more than eight percent between 2014 and 2024. Globally, more and more vehicle manufacturers are choosing synthetic oil for their vehicles. Currently, more than 35 vehicle models including those produced by Porsche, Mercedes AMG and General Motors, roll off the factory line featuring Mobil 1.”