Natural gas and Crude oil

Natural gas has grown far more popular than regular gas because it is said to be more cleaner and greener. But is it really better? Did you know that methane is the main chemical in natural gas and its potency is far greater than that of CO2 which is found in regular gas. Methane also makes up 25% of todays global warming. Although regular gas stations are found throughout the country, stations that contain natural gas are only just popping up. Most of the vehicles…

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Is drilling something you would like to do?

The job title Petroleum Engineer is said to rise to 10% in 2020. First off, what exactly do these engineers do? According to Wikipedia, “Petroleum engineering is a field of engineering concerned with the activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, which can be either crude oil or natural gas. Exploration and Production are deemed to fall within the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.”  In simple words, once oil is discovered, a petroleum engineer will determine the best way in removing it…

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A world without drilling

Are we ready to stop drilling? What would happen if all the drilling for oil and gas stopped all over the world? Is that even possible? It is very hard to imagine as we have well over 700,000 oil wells! I found this fascinating as there is already a plan put in place in the UK, called NEST or National Employment Savings Trust, recently announced it was moving 10 percent of its investments toward firms that work to reduce climate change and create more environmentally-friendly methods of energy…

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Information about the Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline facts Who owns the pipeline? It is a joint venture between Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco Logistics Partner and Philips 66, Enbridge and Marathon Petroleum. What are some of the valves that the pipeline might use? Trunnion Ball Valves are the most popular, but Gate Valves, Globe Valves, Check Valves can also be found. How much will the pipeline project cost? Roughly 4 billion dollars. How much oil will the pipeline carry? 470,000 to 570,000. What is the main purpose of this pipeline?…

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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…

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New Pipeline in the Midwest

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. & their partners Phillips 66 is planning to install a pipeline carrying highly volatile and flammable crude oil through the state of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and partial Illinois; the I.U.B. Iowa Utilities Board is under discussion about whether or not they want this pipeline to be built through 18 counties and numerous watersheds, which will impact the ecosystem, not to mention many generations homes will be tarnished. In June 2014, the project Bakken Pipeline published to the public is…

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TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline has been a widely debated topic since 2008. On Monday, November 2nd 2015 TransCanada requested to delay the review of their Keystone XL pipeline. The request was denied by the U.S. State Department just two days later. TransCanada wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry stating their request for a delay was because of unresolved issues in Nebraska that would dictate the exact path that the pipeline would take through the state. The rejection of the review came as…

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New oil discoveries in the Arctic

Earlier this year, we blogged about an article where millions and billions of oil reserves were discovered in Siberia, well who would have figured out that there was also billions of oil in the Arctic? According to preliminary estimations, the Arctic reserves have nearly 100 billion tons of fuel, Alexei Kontorovich, Director of the Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told journalists. Although this information turned out to be true, it is still being decided on who gets what and how much. Currently, as I…

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Building a pipeline through Tanzania and Uganda

There are plans to build a pipeline between Uganda and Tanzania. Tanzania Petroleum Development Corp, Total E&P Uganda and both of the country’s energy ministries are all involved. The route however has not yet been decided as there are risks involved depending on which direction they take. “Although Uganda said in August it had agreed to the Kenyan route, it said Nairobi had to guarantee security for the pipeline, along with financing and cheaper fees than alternatives. The Kenyan route raised some industry concerns because…

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ExxonMobils Torrance plant SOLD!

ExxonMobil Corp. is selling its Torrance plant in Southern California. The plant is set on 750 acres and produces almost 2 billion gallons of gas every year. The company to buy is PBF Energy; they are one of the largest independent oil refiners in North America. ExxonMobil has been trying to get rid of the plant since the beginning of last year, but an explosion more than 6 months ago has caused the sale to cease. The shutdown led to a shortage of gas that meets California’s…

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