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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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