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5 oilfield jobs still in demand in 2016

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Extended periods of plummeting oil prices have had a noticeable effect on the oil industry, with many oil companies decommissioning multiple rigs during 2015. While the oil industry is no longer being referred to as “booming” by most media outlets, it is not going away completely, and many oilfield jobs are still in demand. As current workers retire and leave ...

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Natural Gas Prices Expected to Rise

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Natural gas prices are expected to rise in the coming months as a national supply glut is drawn down, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Although prices have been low during the first few months of this year’s winter, lower production volumes and cooler weather are anticipated to bring them up slightly in 2016. Record Production As of January ...

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Energy companies ready to ship oil abroad

Energy companies ready to ship oil abroad

Less than a month after President Barack Obama signed a bill abolishing America’s crude export ban, energy companies are positioning themselves to ship American oil overseas. The first oil tanker left Corpus Christi on New Year’s Eve and is expected to arrive in Italy on Jan. 20. ConocoPhillips produced the oil from Eagle Ford Shale in Texas. The crude will ...

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Tugboats at Sabine Pass ready for LNG exports

Tugboats at Sabine Pass ready for LNG exports

Four dedicated tugboats waited seven years to do their job. At Cheniere Energy’s $15 billion Sabine Pass LNG Terminal on the Texas-Louisiana border, the tugboats are stationed to ensure safe and timely escorts by crews trained to berth LNG vessels. But the shale revolution left the tugboats useless. Shale gas drillers started producing enough natural gas for the country, and ...

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Marcellus and Utica remain on top at the bottom of 2015

Some toast to new beginnings, others toast to new resolutions, but the Marcellus and Utica shales will be toasting the past four years as the clock ticks into 2016 on Friday.  Together, the two oil plays account for 85 percent of U.S. natural gas production growth since 2012 according to the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) the Energy Information Administration (EIA) ...

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Aerial footage shows California gas leak (VIDEO)

California natural gas leak

Methane gas continues to leak from a California storage facility at a rate of 110,000 pounds per hour. Aerial footage using a specialized infrared camera shows the extent of the leak. The video was taken Dec. 17 and released by the Environmental Defense Fund. The leak emits methane at a rate of about 50,000 kilograms per hour, about one-quarter of ...

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Managing fatigue to prevent injuries

Tired of hearing about fatigue management? We are a society of people that are constantly tired and stressed, and we struggle with making good decisions about our nutrition every day. Many of us are so accustomed to living with fatigue that it’s easy to overlook how it affects our safety consciousness and puts us and our co-workers at serious risk. ...

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UL listed control panels are an essential asset for manufacturers looking for turnkey services

The evolution of problem solving “black rhinos” If you want to succeed in business, you have to think like a rhinoceros. At least that’s Scott Alexander’s theory in his book, Rhinoceros Success, targeted at aspiring entrepreneurs. The book was self-published in the 1980’s and divided the world into two groups – rhinos and cows. According to Alexander, “I realized the ...

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