Canada’s O&G and Renewable Energy

When the oil market went down in 2014 many people who worked in the O&G were affected not only in the US but worldwide including Canada. “Both Canada and the U.S. are in the top five oil and gas producing countries on the planet.” Because of the large loss, Canadians lost over 40,000 jobs related to the oil and gas industry. Canada has a huge affect on the US economy. How, you may ask? For example; “Canada’s oil and gas sector will contribute $45.6 billion…

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Underwater pipeline

Do you know what the worlds longest gas pipeline  and how long it is? According to Google, “The Trans-Mediterranean (Transmed) is a 2,475km-long natural gas pipeline built to transport natural gas from Algeria to Italy via Tunisia and Sicily.” While it is true, that is the worlds longest pipeline built on land, there is also a pipeline nicknamed Giant Serpent that lies underwater and is the worlds largest underwater gas pipeline. The name Giant Serpent actually comes from Norse mythology and is located on the Norwegian…

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Robots will be used in pipeline inspections

I’ve blogged about it before but now its official, robots are finally coming to aid in the pipeline inspections. There are currently 4 robots that were produced by a Russia based company, Diakont, which says that its pipeline crawlers—Remotely Operated Diagnostic Inspection System or RODIS crawlers—supply highly accurate data and they do it in real time, which helps with timely decision-making. Interestingly, 3 of the 4 robots have girl names and the 4th a boy name, as it is said the girl robots are more flexible and…

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The Petrochemical industry grows in the billions

We  try to go green as it’s the new trend and every one is doing it right? But there are many tiny obstacles that stand in our way, sure using reusable bags is great but what about that shampoo you just bought in a plastic bottle or the water bottle that has the tiny cap? It’s okay because the middle class is largely depending on plastics from those baby food pouches filled with fruits or vegetables to the bumper on your car. The petrochemical industry…

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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…

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Public education is benefiting from the low oil prices

Believe it or not, there are those that are actually benefiting from the low oil prices and no they are not the people at the pump but the public schools.  How is this so? Well, there are many schools in North Texas, for example, that have oil and gas producing properties within their district boundaries. In turn, many local districts receive millions of money per year in property tax alone. To give you an idea, Last year, Fort Worth ISD received $9.1 million from oil…

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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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Pennsylvania plans big for upcoming pipeline projects

Pennsylvania has been drilling in the state for about 10 years and now it has more than enough natural resources than the infrastructure to deliver it. Because of all the drilling, there is more supply than the demand which brings the focus to making more pipelines to move all the oil through the mid state.  More than 1500 wells have now been drilled and are waiting to be moved. Some of these projects include: “Williams Partners’ 178-mile Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline will move through 10 counties, as it…

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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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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…

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