Products & Technology

May 23, 2017

Data, company expansions show continued increase in TX, NM shale

BY Luke GeiverSupport activities for mining continue to increase in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas combined with continued company expansions into the region help explain where the increases are happening. READ MORE

May 22, 2017

Keane Group expands services with RockPile Energy acquisition

BY Patrick C. Miller Already one of the largest pressure pumping fleets in the nation, Keane Group Inc. will expand by 26 percent with the acquisition of Denver-based RockPile Energy Services. The stock and cash transaction is valued at nearly $285 million. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

EOG details role of data used for shale production

BY Luke GeiverBig data took the spotlight during EOG Resources' first quarter 2017 update. The exploration and production company often cited as the best among its unconventional-focused peers, explained the way big data has shaped the company. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

EPA approves regulatory authority for ND CO2 storage

BY Patrick C. Miller North Dakota this week became the first state in the nation to receive primary regulatory authority from the EPA for carbon capture and storage. The move is expected to help advance enhanced oil recovery in the Bakken. READ MORE

May 02, 2017

In Depth: Inside The Business Of Shale Diverters

BY Luke GeiverAmong the hottest trends in the shale industry, diverting agents can improve production with out increasing completion costs. These companies have experienced firsthand the rise—and the profits available—of biodegradable diversion material. READ MORE

May 02, 2017

Weatherford expects Schlumberger joint venture to boost recovery

BY Patrick C. Miller As Weatherford International emerges from the oil price downturn reporting a loss in the first quarter of 2017, CEO Mark McCollum expects a recent joint venture agreement with Schlumberger OneStim to improve the company's balance sheet. READ MORE

May 02, 2017

Computer simulations offer insight on the physics of fracking

BY Patrick C. Miller Researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory have developed simulations that provide a better understanding of the physics of shale oil formations. Coupled with high-resolution 3D imagery, the simulations could lead to more efficient fracking. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

Diverter distributors explain shale industry trend

BY Staff This week's question and answer piece stems from an upcoming feature story soon to be released regarding a major industry trend on the use of diverters for well completions. We spoke with two developers and distributors who serve oil and gas clients. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

American Power Group sees large quarterly revenue increase

BY Patrick C. Miller Increased oil and gas activity in the U.S. and Canada has been good for American Power Group, which is expecting a significant revenue increase in its quarterly report. The company's natural gas conversion system is one reason for the resurgence. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

MIT water tech team proves worth in Permian, Marcellus

BY Luke GeiverAn MIT spin-off company has found its footing in the oil and gas industry with its evaporation-based approach to wastewater treatment. The system has now been deployed in the Permian and Marcellus. READ MORE

April 12, 2017

Oilfield giant focuses on data-infused tech for better recovery

BY Staff One of the largest shale service providers in the world is focused on improving its use of data to help its producer clients continue their efforts in places like the Bakken, Permian or Eagle Ford. READ MORE

April 12, 2017

SkyX builds drones for pipeline inspection, mapping, surveillance

BY Patrick C. Miller SkyX, a Canadian company, is offering a new drone solution to the oil and gas industry. It's SkyOne vertical-takeoff-and-landing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) was designed with pipeline inspections in mind. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

Schlumberger CEO addresses key needs of oil and gas industry

BY Staff During a conference address last month, Paal Kibsgaard, Schlumberger chairman and CEO, expressed concern that production and reserves are not keeping pace with depletion rates. He said this indicates a need for greater E&P spending. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Trump approves Keystone XL, rolls back environmental regulation

BY Patrick C. Miller In the past week, President Donald Trump has delivered on his campaign promises by approving the Keystone XL Pipeline and rolling back Obama administration regulations, orders and policies designed to combat climate change. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

Trican, Canyon merge to create Canada’s largest frack fleet

BY Luke GeiverLarger frack jobs and increased sand volumes is maxing out the current frack fleets of both Trican and Canyon. Through the merger, the two firms will be more efficient and set-up for growth as activity in Canada continues to increase. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

Researchers’ new model provides insights into improved fracking

BY Patrick C. Miller Research from China indicates that there may be a more accurate way to predict the effects of hydraulic fracturing in rock formations. The results of the study were published this week in an applied physics journal. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

Mobile proppant system service issuing IPO

BY Luke GeiverFrack sand supplier Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure is filing an initial public offering valued at $100 million. After forming in 2014, the Texas-based company has grown its frack sand mobile supply fleet and can no longer keep up with demand. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

New well perf systems reveal efficiency, evolution in shale

BY Luke GeiverDynaEnergetics is doing its part to make the unconventional oil and gas industry more efficient. After requests from customers to help them lower completion costs during the recent industry downturn, the company created two unique changes. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Baker Hughes deploys new shale drill bit in Delaware Basin

BY Luke GeiverBaker Hughes has created a new drill bit equipped with autonomously deployable shock absorbers that can help drill faster, more efficient wells. The technology, coined the TerrAdapt bit, was recently deployed and proven in the Delaware Basin. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Alphabet Energy provides remote energy to shale producers

BY Patrick C. Miller Operators in the Niobrara, Marcellus and Eagle Ford shale plays have been using Alphabet Energy's thermal-electric Power Generation Combustors to produce clean energy from flare gas. Some are seeing paybacks in a matter of months. READ MORE

March 08, 2017

Raven adds in Permian, goes 24/7 on production of drilling fabric

BY Raven Industries Inc. Raven Industries Inc. has announced that its Engineered Films division, an innovative manufacturer of polymer film and sheeting, has added production capacity to its Midland, Texas facility to meet demand of oil and gas producers. READ MORE

March 07, 2017

EPA withdraws information request for oil and gas operators

BY Patrick C. Miller EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is withdrawing a request from the agency for information on emissions and facilities from 15,000 U.S. oil and gas operators. He said the EPA is committed to strengthening partnerships with the states. READ MORE

March 01, 2017

Colorado industry group urges repeal of BLM methane rule

BY Patrick C. Miller The head of the Colorado Petroleum Council called on the U.S. Senate to follow the lead of the House in repealing the Bureau of Land Management's methane and waste prevention rule, which could result in up to $14 million in lost revenue. READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Hi-Crush CEO: we’ve been sold out of sand since January

BY Luke GeiverSince mid-January, Hi-Crush Partners LP has been sold out of every grain and every grade of frack sand it sells. The CEO of Hi-Crush said his team is seeing a major increase in demand from customers and they are looking to restart sand mines. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Encana finding ways to utilize multi-shale-basin knowledge

BY Luke GeiverWith the continued increase in North American shale activity, some exploration and production companies are experiencing higher charges for service costs. Encana Corp., a multi-basin producer, is not. READ MORE

February 15, 2017

Bakken has large production dip, but major frack activity starts

BY Luke GeiverSpring can't come soon enough for Bakken oil and gas producers. After three major snowfall events production has undergone a major decrease. But, several fracks with more on the way, are focused on the Bakken. READ MORE

February 15, 2017

Industry organization launches pro oil and gas ad campaign

BY Patrick C. Miller The American Petroleum Institute debuted its new "Power Past Impossible" awareness and education campaign with a TV commercial during the Super Bowl. It's an effort aimed at helping consumers understand the role oil and gas plays in their lives. READ MORE

February 15, 2017

Mammoth adding frack spreads, restarting sand mine due to demand

BY Luke GeiverCustomer demand has inspired Mammoth Energy Services, an Oklahoma-based oil and gas industry service firm, to order more pressure pumping equipment and start-up a Wisconsin frack sand mining site sooner than planned. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

New shale energy magazine launches this week

BY North American Shale Magazine Staff Formerly The Bakken magazine, North American Shale magazine focuses on all shale play developments and activity and brings the first-ever shale only focus to the entire shale energy industry. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

Understanding Rising Service Costs

BY Staff Breakeven costs for E&Ps operating in the major U.S. shale plays share similar variables no matter the price of oil or gas, especially services costs, which could or will have a major impact on activity ramp-up. READ MORE