Monthly Archives: September 2012

Shale Plays Transforming US Onshore Rig Fleet

Six or seven years ago, only 10% of oil rigs in the United States were used to drill horizontal wellbores.  Now, more than 60% of oil and gas projects require horizontal drilling.  Why?  The U.S. oil and gas industry is … Continue reading

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Hurricane Preparedness in the Gulf of Mexico

Hurricanes and tropical storms can significantly affect U.S. oil and natural gas operations, especially in the Gulf of Mexico, which contains more than 3,000 oil and gas platforms, coastal refineries and processing centers. During Hurricane Isaac, 24% of daily oil … Continue reading

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The Seven Major U.S. Shale Plays

The top seven shale plays in the United States make up a huge portion of spending in land drilling and development – $54 billion in 2012.  Production in these shale plays has helped displace some of the crude oil imports … Continue reading

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