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    Boot Camp Offering Oilfield Training-Canada

    A local man has begun offering a unique oil patch training program, geared towards teaching young people what it’s like to work in the oil and gas industry.

    An oil pump jack pumps oil in a field near Calgary  Alberta  CanadaThe day-long boot camp is an entry-level oil field orientation and screening program, targeting young adults ages 18-25, but any who are interested are welcomed to sign up.

    Patchprep Bootcamp President Dallas Letersky, a 21-year industry veteran, said the course launched two weeks ago after two years of development and revisions.

    “It’s unique in the sense that it’s a general orientation program that also covers the personal financing and mental health aspects of the job,” said Letersky.

    “We want to offer a means for inexperienced people who are considering a career in oil and gas to go through the workshop and learn exactly what they can expect whether they like it or not.”

    Two thirds of students in attendance were female for Letersky’s first camp, a point he highlighted due to a high ratio of male workers typically seen in the fields.

    Letersky said his four-part boot camp goes over with its students, first how oil and gas is extracted, then brings in Personal Finance and Wealth Manager Sherri Hunter to teach students how to efficiently and effectively save money.

    “Rather than make the same mistakes as all the previous generations, she tells them to invest their money in TFSA’s and RRSP’s,” said Letersky.


    House Approves Oil Drilling Ban Off Atlantic, Pacific Coasts

    The House approved legislation Wednesday that would permanently bar drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and extend a moratorium on drilling off Florida's west coast.

    ShellNo flotilla participants float near the Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig during demonstrations against Royal Dutch Shell on May 16 2015 in Seattle Washington.Coastal lawmakers from both parties said the bills would protect U.S. coasts from drilling that can pollute crucial waters — and lead to disasters such as the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Opponents, mostly Republicans, said the bills undercut domestic energy security and limit thousands of job opportunities.

    Lawmakers approved the Atlantic and Pacific measure 238-189, while the bill to block drilling in the Gulf of Mexico near Florida was approved 248-180. The bills head to the Republican-controlled Senate, where action is unlikely.

    The votes come as the Trump administration is reevaluating a plan to sharply expand offshore drilling amid a series of court challenges.

    Republican and Democratic governors and lawmakers from coastal states strongly oppose expanded drilling. A federal judge in March ruled against President Donald Trump's executive order to open the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Atlantic to broader oil and gas development, saying Trump had exceeded his authority.


    Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens Dies At Age 91

    T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91.

    Founder   Chairman  BP Capital Management T. Boone Pickens speaks at the 2016 Concordia SummitPickens’ spokesman Jay Rosser confirmed the death to The Associated Press. Pickens suffered a series of strokes in 2017 and was hospitalized that July after what he called a “Texas-sized fall.”

    An only child who grew up in a small railroad town in Oklahoma, Pickens followed his father into the oil and gas business. After just three years, he formed his own company and built a reputation as a maverick, unafraid to compete against oil-industry giants.

    In the 1980s, Pickens switched from drilling for oil to plumbing for riches on Wall Street. He led bids to take over big oil companies including Gulf, Phillips and Unocal, castigating their executives as looking out only for themselves while ignoring the shareholders.

    Even when Pickens and other so-called corporate raiders failed to gain control of their targets, they scored huge payoffs by selling their shares back to the company and dropping their hostile takeover bids.

    Later in his career, Pickens championed renewable energy including wind power. He argued that the United States needed to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. He sought out politicians to support his “Pickens Plan,” which envisioned an armada of wind turbines across the middle of the country that could generate enough power to free up natural gas for use in vehicles.

    “I’ve been an oilman all my life, but this is one emergency we can’t drill our way out of,” he said in 2009.

    Pickens’ advocacy for renewable energy led to some unusual alliances. He had donated to many Republican candidates since the 1980s, and in the 2004 presidential campaign he helped bankroll television ads by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that attacked Democratic nominee John Kerry. A few years later, Pickens endorsed a Kerry proposal to limit climate change.


    Drilling Company Banks On New Rig To Build Success

    Efficiency gains and technological advances have resulted in the need for far fewer rigs drilling oil and natural gas wells.

    New  ulra portable drilling rig by Lasso Drilling 4But Lasso Drilling is bucking that trend, banking on its newly designed rig to boost business.

    "There was a call for a drilling company with something different," said Rick Vanee, vice president of Lasso Drilling, which acquired Big Dog Drilling from Autry Stephens earlier this year.

    What the company has come up with is a rig certified to 21,000 feet and that can be moved 100 miles and rigged up in a day, "guaranteed."

    In addition, there is a system underneath the rig that allows the entire rig to "walk" to its next well, something Vanee said will accommodate pad drilling. It also eliminates the need for crews to disconnect systems before the move. And at 50 pounds per square inch, that walking rig will be easier on the subsurface, he said.

    "It's easier on the crews," Vanee said.

    Giving a tour of the rig – Lasso's second - in a yard just northwest of Odessa's Schlemeyer Field, Vanee described the rig as designed to be modular, enabling it to move faster and with a top drive new to the Permian Basin market. Among the features are an 1,100-barrel mud system and a stand-building machine that can be expanded.

    "If an operator wants to build up to 25,000 feet, he can," he said. "We build in bevels, so they don't have to move a bigger rig in."


    U.S. Shale Firms Cut Budgets, Staff As Oil-Price Outlook Dims

    Oil producers and their suppliers are cutting budgets, staffs and production goals amid a growing consensus of forecasts that oil and gas prices will stay low for several years.

    Drilling rigs operate at sunset in Midland  Texas  U.S.  February 13  2019.The U.S. has 904 working rigs, down 14% from a year ago, and even that is probably too many, estimated Harold Hamm, chief executive of shale producer Continental Resources, which has reduced the number of rigs at work.

    Bankruptcy filings by U.S. energy producers through mid-August this year have nearly matched the total for the whole of 2018. A stock index of oil and gas producers hit an all-time low in August, a sign investors are expecting more trouble ahead.

    “You’re going to see activity drop across the industry,” Earl Reynolds, CEO of Chaparral Energy, told Reuters at the EnerCom oil and gas conference last month.

    The Oklahoma energy firm has slashed its workforce by nearly a quarter, trimmed its spending plan by 5%, and agreed to sell its headquarters and use some of the proceeds to reduce debt.


    Natural Gas Is America's Wonder Fuel

    One of the many idiocies of the “Green New Deal” and other such anti-fossil fuel crusades is that all of this arrives on the political scene at a time when the price of producing energy from fossil fuels is lower than at any time before in human history.

    President Trump supports energy dominanceThe Wall Street Journal reported last week that natural gas prices “in Europe and Asia have plummeted this year to historic lows.” Meanwhile in the United States, the natural gas price is flirting with a price of $2 per million BTUs. This means natural gas prices have fallen by 80% since 2005 and the advent of the shale gas revolution.

    What is wonderful about this story is that U.S. production from places like Ohio and Pennsylvania and the Marcellus Shale is what is driving down worldwide prices. America is now the OPEC of natural gas production as our exports surge.

    The production bonanza due to technologies like fracking and horizontal drilling continues to make America rich while it has shifted the geopolitics of the global energy story away from the Middle East and Russia. And America’s energy supplies are effectively a bottomless pool — with hundreds of years of reserves with existing drilling capabilities. No, we are not running out of fossil fuels.


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