Did you know that fracking fuels education? From providing the feedstocks to make school supplies and technology possible, to taxes and funding for infrastructure, salaries, special projects and STEM education…FRACKING …read more
Falling prices: Take advantage of the cheaper oil and gas
The fall of oil and natural gas prices is a boon to U.S. consumers and the economy. Americans should enjoy the break while it lasts. Lower prices at the gasoline pump and in utility bills puts more money in everyone’s pocket, …read more
Although the original wooden derrick, equipment and engine house were destroyed by fire two months after his historic oil discovery along Oil Creek, Pennsylvania, Edwin L. Drake rebuilt at the original site, which today is a park and museum. Drake, right, stands with his friend Peter Wilson of Titusville. Photo courtesy Drake Well Museum.
American oil history begins in a woodland valley along a creek in remote northwestern Pennsylvania. Today’s U.S. petroleum exploration and production industry is born on August 27, 1859, near Titusville when a well specifically drilled for oil finds it.
Considered America’s first petroleum exploration company – the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company of New York …read more
By Kim Fischer Letter from the Publisher Luke McDonald In researching this issue it was amazing to see how the oil and gas industry has naturally progressed its safety processes and continues to implement new technologies to protect everyone and everything involved. Hint: that’s you, me, our families, neighbors, and pretty much anyone …read more
In oil and gas safety is priority #1 and that was certainly true back when offshore production was still in its infancy. Demand for oil skyrocketed when the United States ended rations on gasoline at the end of World War II. Oil companies responded to meet this demand by drilling …read more
By Kim Fischer Each new drilling project continued to redefine the boundaries and limitations of offshore drilling. In 1963 Shell Oil surprisingly shared its revolutionary deepwater drilling technology with its competitors in a now legendary “School of Industry.” Their effort to bring their competitors up to speed fueled demand for deepwater leases beyond …read more
By Kim Fischer Working offshore meant working in close quarters with the rest of the crew and eating whatever was available. After a long, dangerous shift it’s safe to say any meal was welcomed with some down-time and conversation. Courtesy of the The Sloane Gallery – www.sloanegallery.com – 281-496-2212 …read more
By Kim Fischer A look at the recent steps taken by regulators and industry to improve pipeline safety By Jennifer Delony Industry and regulators took significant steps over the summer in the ongoing effort to …read more
Last night, a bipartisan board in Youngstown, which included both the Democrat and Republican party chairmen who sit on the Mahoning County Board of Elections, voted unanimously (4-0) to keep …read more
By Kim Fischer Edited by Jennifer Delony The American Petroleum Institute (API) in comments submitted to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) cautioned that the unintended consequences of some elements of the …read more
By Kim Fischer Edited by Jennifer Delony U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan: Final Rule released on Aug. 3. EPA’s final rule establishes interim and final CO2 emission performance rates for two subcategories …read more
By Kim Fischer By Don Briggs The U.S. oil market took a drastic fall in November 2014 due to a very specific reason. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided at their …read more
By Kim Fischer Edited by Jennifer Delony The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on July 29 issued a final rule to prevent unattended trains that carry crude; ethanol; poisonous by inhalation and toxic by inhalation …read more