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Fractious debate on FuelFix style

It’s up to others to debate the merits of hydraulic fracturing, but we’ll take a stand on the spelling.  More »
The FASTrak logging-while-drilling fluid sampling and analysis system from Baker Hughes.

OTC Spotlight Award: Baker Hughes improves drilling communication

FASTrak allows operators to collect fluid samples while drilling, resulting in faster operations and cleaner samples.  More »
John Rynd is Chief Executive Officer and President of Houston-based Hercules Offshore.

Guest Commentary: Diminishing workforce poses big challenge for offshore firms

John Rynd, CEO and president of Houston-based Hercules Offshore, says the company is attacking the workforce shortage on multiple fronts, including trainee programs and military recruitment.  More »
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Networking tip: Study internationally

If you’re interested in an oil and gas career, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to study up on international issues.  More »
James Brill, University of Tulsa professor emeritus

Fluid flow specialist wins OTC leadership award

Thanks in part to University of Tulsa professor emeritus James Brill, what started out as an idea to make the best use of some excess research laboratory space morphed into the creation of technologies to help combat fluid flow issues in pipes and wells.  More »
Diamond Offshore Drilling President and CEO Larry Dickerson. (Gary Fountain/For the Chronicle)

Q&A: Diamond Offshore prepares to staff rapid offshore growth

Diamond Offshore Drilling executives say they are preparing for an era of growth, with the number of offshore rigs expected to jump about 25 percent by 2017. Diamond CEO Lawrence R. Dickerson spoke to FuelFix about the challenges of the rapidly growing offshore industry.  More »
From left: Tammy Peels, Hollie Davis and Jennifer Cox at the Siemens Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at the OTC Wednesday May 08, 2013.(Dave Rossman photo)

Siemens’ Cinco de Mayo bash brings out record number

Offshore Technology Conference attendees celebrated Cinco de Mayo a few days late at the Siemens party on Wednesday night.  More »
A crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Natural gas becomes haven in gold plunge

Natural gas, the worst-performing and most volatile commodity of the past decade amid a glut in supply, is replacing gold as a haven for commodity investors as the metal slumps.  More »
A rig in Colorado drills a well for natural gas that will be released using hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Scary day for natural gas before inventories report

Today’s U.S. natural gas storage report is the most important of the year as it may support last week’s data that sent prices down by the most in nine months, according to Schork Group Inc.  More »
Elliott  Roosevelt Jr. is pictured at the Roosevelt Firm in Dallas on Tuesday, April 22, 2013.    Roosevelt is the owner of a small Dallas oil company and grandson of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  He believes he's found an undisclosed field with reserves of 573 million barrels of oil.  (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Louis Deluca )

FDR grandson drilling for oil in West Texas

The Permian Basin in West Texas is dotted with famous oil fields with names like Slaughter-Levelland, Seminole and Vacuum, where oilmen have made their fortunes for decades.  More »
A worker switches well heads at the site of a natural gas hydraulic fracturing and extraction operation run by Encana Oil & Gas in western Colorado.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

House OKs shifting control of fracking waste water

Energy companies engaging in fracking and other oil and gas exploration would be excused from some possible litigation involving recycled waste water under a bill approved by the Texas House.  More »
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DOE: Breach at Tenn. nuclear plant ‘unacceptable’

A breach in which an 82-year-old nun and two other protesters sneaked into a Tennessee nuclear weapons plant last year is “completely unacceptable” and an “important wake-up call” for the government, the head of an agency charged with safeguarding the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile said.  More »