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Life on an oilfield

The biggest reason why life on an oilfield is so attractive is because it pays very well. But what does that really mean? Sure it sounds like fun and payday can be rewarding but lets take a look at what makes life challenging working on one. Sometimes these oil field men will call these places, "Man Camps", as there are literally no women.

First, someone who works in the oilfield spends majority of their time there so many people live in small houses, or have room mates that share the space ideally.  However, many companies can not afford to house their workers in fancy homes. Some have to find their own housing and will stay in a horse trailer, an abandoned container, or even in the back of their pick up truck.  There is no such thing as arriving to work at 8am and leaving by 5pm. Working on the oilfield, means 90 hours plus rain or shine. Sometimes more, maybe less depending on what you are doing. But as every oil field veteran knows, there is a harsh tradeoff, beyond the grueling labor. Some men work hundreds of miles from their families, others live in primitive conditions or face the real risk of being maimed. Its basically a work, eat, sleep routine. When its time to go home, its just sleep time.

But the lure of big checks is still bringing waves of workers. In Dimmit County, population 10,000 before the boom, more than 1,000 oil field jobs were added in 2011. Around the 20 Eagle Ford Shale counties, at least 7,000 jobs have been added in two years.

The average for a truck driver in the oil field is about $25.00. Many non oil companies pay less, so the reward is definitely great for many of these men but sad for the wives and families back home. My wife doesn't like the hours, but she's happy for what I bring home. I expect to make over $100,000 this year. The oil field is a great place. 

A common stereotype that is often heard is that on their off time or break time you can these men siting, smoking or even drinking singing songs. Companies are now far more safety-conscious and less tolerant of misbehavior. Most do background checks, provide training and have zero tolerance for drug use or alcohol abuse. Still, some who have no education or degrees can make up to $160,000.00 per year. You can see how that is truly rewarding among many folks.

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Pipeline valve gets vandalized

Damage to the Dakota Access Pipeline

There is so much controversy regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline, not just local but nationwide.  It has finally begun to have oil flow through few months ago. The pipeline is not 100% finished as it still has almost 5% of construction left just below Lake Oahe in North Dakota.  Every morning contractors inspect the pipeline to make sure all the valves are working properly, and to make sure there are no leaks. Recently, a hole burnt on the pipeline was found. The damage to the pipeline valve will cost roughly between $30,000.00 and $60,000.00.

It is very expensive to fix as the pipe itself is 30" thick. “They observed a small burnt hole in the pipeline,” says Chief Deputy Chad Brown. “At that time there was no oil or spilling coming out or anything like that.” Chief Deputy Brown says the hole is just below one of the curved parts of the pipeline, and it’s only about the size of a dime."

The damage is no accident. It is reported that this is the first time that a pipeline has been vandalized. The authorities in the area have started investigations as a few leads have come up, but currently there have been no arrests.

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Fracking in the Permian Basin

Fracking in the Permian Basin


The Permian Basin is found in a large part of West Texas as well as Southeast of New Mexico. It was named Permian because it has one of the worlds thickest deposits of rocks Permian geologic period. The Permian Basin is actually composed of three basins which include the Midland Basin, Delaware Basin and the Marfa Basin. Many people do not know but the Permian Basin is the largest petroleum producing basins in America. To get an idea of how large this basin really is, currently, nearly 2 million barrels of oil a day are being pumped from the basin, which still contains an estimated 43 billion barrels of oil and 18 trillion cu ft. of gas.

Companies working in the Permian face two challenges when it comes to water: getting enough water for fracking and getting rid of underground water released by fracking. Water injection is part of the fracking process and currently there are disputes on what needs to be done with the wastewater. Water is beneficial to fracking, by sending a mixture of water, sand and certain additives into a deep-rock formation at high pressure. Soon after the fracturing occurs, water returns to the surface as “flowback” or wastewater. 

What they used to do what inject the water back into the ground, but there are studies that show this has actually been linked to earthquakes. Oklahoma is a prime example, because of this Oklahoma has limited wastewater injections.

Water poses problems for the energy industry in the Permian



Understanding Stainless Steel Ball Valves

Stainless steel ball valves are definitely one of the popular materials that many people buy. They are perfect for the food and beverage industry, agriculture as well as the pulp and paper industries. The reason behind this is because stainless steel does not corrode and when dealing with food which we consume you do not want your machines corroding. White it is true that stainless steel (SS) does not easily corrode or rust, it really depends on the oxygen level in atmosphere. For example, if it is a poor air circulation environment, depending on the grade of the SS valves the valves may or may not corrode. Therefore, it is always important when dealing in such circumstances to get a high grade type of SS valve.

The material stainless steel is not to be confused with carbon steel as carbon steel will rust at one point in its life. The difference between the two metals is the amount of chromium present. Stainless steel’s resistance to corrosion and staining, low maintenance, and familiar lustre make it an ideal material for many applications. The alloy is milled into coils, sheets, plates, bars, wire, and tubing to be used in cookwarecutleryhousehold hardwaresurgical instrumentsmajor appliancesThese are examples of a few items one may be familiar with.

It is very important to know which grade of SS you need for your application as stated above if the grade is low, it will not last or you will have problems later down the road. Therefore, always consult with the manufacturer before buying. Global Valve and Controls can provide you with 316SS, 317SS and 304SS just to name a few. There are many different grades and one may not know that 304 is not to be used in the presence of sulfuric acid.

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New 5 year drilling plan for Alaska

Time and again the Keystone Pipeline has been rejected by President Obama because of the danger it brings to the people who will near the pipeline and the many animals and forests it will displace. Not only has the Keystone pipeline been rejected but an area in Alaska has been banned from drilling; Chukchi and Beaufort seas in northern Alaska. “the five-year plan also bars drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.” However, this particular plan has allowed drilling to go forward in Alaska’s Cook Inlet southwest of Anchorage. This of course can all be changed when Mr. Obama leaves office, but it might take decades to put new policy in place.

While there are those who are against drilling permanently, many residents of Alaska are enraged by this decision. "Arctic development is one of the best ways to create jobs, generate revenues and refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline," said Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "Why the president is willing to send all of those benefits overseas is beyond explanation."


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Top 10 oil states

Oil is considered to be a huge commodity, and there is so much of it that we call it an oil boom. There are certain areas in the USA that these “Oil towns” are exploding. Let’s take a look and see if your state is listed in the top ten oil producing states. Texas of course makes it to the top of the list as the number one oil producing state with over 30 new field discoveries and they are not slowing down any time soon.

Alaska makes it just under Texas, even though it is the least populated state, it is rich with oil. It isn’t easy to drill in Alaska as the state is widely protected, but with new technology improving, soon there will be drilling in the natural gas reserves.

Number three is California. This state is known for its Monterey shale oil deposits and it is 4x the size of the Bakken shale! The Bakken shale is located in North Dakota and reaches number four on our list.

Oklahoma is number 5, with its new oil discovery called the Mississippi Lime formation located along the Oklahoma-Kansas border is expected to contribute even more new production in the next few years.

Number six on the list goes to New Mexico. Out of the three oil refineries, only two are working and they produce about 195,000 barrels of oil a day.

Wyoming makes it to number 7 on the list. Unlike Texas, Wyoming depends heavily on coal production. But because the state is home to some of the largest oil and gas fields, the state gets to be in our count down.

Utah makes it to the eighth spot with five oil refineries producing well over 500, million barrels of oil.

The beautiful mountain state, Colorado is number 9. While it has slightly more reserves than Louisiana, Colorado has much less capacity to process its oil resources. This brings us to the last Louisiana claiming number 10 on our list. Louisiana has 19 oil refineries that produce 400 million barrels.

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Lubricants for Your Valves’ Gearbox

Theory: Cold weather dictates a different type of lubricant to avoid seizure and promote proper function inside the gear housing.

Global Valve and Controls states, “in order to have a proper functioning valve it is necessary to use the correct grease inside the gear housing.”

In a case study where non-cold rated grease is applied to a valve that is heading to Wyoming, where the weather can be frigid seven months out of the year; the likelihood of the valve seizing becomes increased and the average lifespan potential will decrease.

Aftermath: It is a wise decision to consider the environment that your purchased valve will be applied to. With Global Valve and Controls, these are questions we ask our customers to protect their investment in order to increase the longevity of their valve; like a vehicle, it is important to use the recommended lubrications and oils to ensure proper performance. Valves are the same way. Moving parts need the correct lubrication to operate proficiently.

Fact: Materials such as grease or oil, are affected greatly by weather, hot and cold. However, lubricants can be engineered to withstand various environments by being structured to hold their viscosity.


Oil prices start to rise again

For almost a whole year oil prices were down, and although this was a good news for many consumers, it was bad news for everyone who lost their jobs due to the oil being so low. Now as the hurricane season is upon us; oil prices are starting to rise and jobs are slowly opening up again. Some of the top companies are taking advantage of this increase in price as their stocks have begun to raise.

"There are eight energy stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500, including Transocean (RIG), Devon Energy (DVN) and giant Exxon Mobil (XOM) where analysts have boosted what they think the companies will earn in the second-quarter earnings since the price of oil hit rock bottom in March"


Company Symbol % ch. Q2 est. * % ch. stock * % upside to 18 mo. target
Transocean RIG 80.9% 26.7% -18.4%
Devon Energy DVN 15.1% 6.6% 21.9%
Marathon Petroleum MPC 14% 4.4% 16.2%
Exxon Mobil XOM 13.7% -0.1% 12.7%
Tesoro TSO 11.3% -6.3% 24.6%
Chevron CVX 8.7% -3.2% 14.2%
Valero Energy VLO 7.5% -1.8% 21%
Occidental Petroleum OXY 6.7% 7.5% 10.2%

Sources: S&P Capital IQ, USA TODAY
* Since March 17, 2015


Drilling in Oklahoma backlashes

In an earlier article, I confirmed that after numerous research, fracking is in fact the reason behind earthquakes, and of those of you who are still non believers, here is another yet confirmed report.

"Oklahoma has now seen 600 more tremors more than it did before 2008, a surge seismologists say is linked to vast amounts of wastewater injected into the ground as a result of drilling for oil and from hydraulic fracturing. "

The state of Oklahoma is again one step ahead in banning drilling operations in the state. There are many concern associated with this ban from local residents as well as they claim that their state is booming with oil and if fracking is banned then there will be hundreds unemployed. One resident says, "We don't feel its appropriate that the oil and gas industries should be singled out.." If they continue with the ban then Oklahoma will be faced with roughy a $600 million budget deficit. At first it was the "economic stress," caused by the low oil gas prices, now it is the ban of fracking. What's next?




How do Oil prices affect home buying?

Spring is almost here and finding that perfect house is getting to be more competitive than ever! I myself am about to close on a house in just a few weeks. For many of us, we thought that because there are so many businesses opening and making Houston its home, home buying has increased because of the demand? In actuality, because of the Oil prices house hunting has become more affordable.

Did you know, "With the exception of the 1980’s, Houston home prices steadily increased over the past 40 years, despite several oil cycles. Houston’s more diversified economy will help the city weather the current oil slump."

Today, Houston is among the top 10 strongest housing markets nationally.