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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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Noble plans to lay off up to 130 employees

Noble Drilling plans on a round of layoffs as it prepares to stack a semi-submersible rig, according to Rigzone. In a letter sent to the Texas Workforce Commission, the company says it will lay off between 120-130 employees and stack its Noble Jim Day rig. The Sugar Land-based company is set to begin layoffs January 26. The process will take ...

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South Dakota approves Dakota Access Bakken pipeline

Dakota Access, Energy Transfer Partners

On Monday South Dakota regulators approved a construction permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline, reports The Associated Press. The proposed 1,130-mile pipeline, owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, would transport roughly 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota to South Dakota and through Iowa to an existing pipeline in Patoka, Illinois. From ...

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Easy to use well economics software provides relevant data in minutes

In a cyclical industry like oil and gas, people generally expect dramatic market fluctuations; however, when the price of oil drops by 50% like it did last year and remains low, companies inevitably struggle.  Modified drilling plans, lower rig counts, layoffs and focus on existing production are some of this year’s themes, and it is the rare oil company that ...

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Quiet hurricane season leaves oil oversupply

A quiet Atlantic hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico ended Monday without a storm-induced price rise to lift crude oil from its slump. Tropical Storm Bill made landfall on Matagorda Island, Texas, on June 16. It was the only system to hit the Gulf of Mexico in 2015. Bill brought coastal flooding and gusty winds to the Texas coast ...

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Report: Oil, gas helps fund Texas schools

A report by North Texans for Natural Gas explains how the oil and natural gas industry contributes more than $4 billion per year to the Texas education system. Texas schools benefit from oil and gas royalties that are paid into the state’s Permanent School Fund and the Permanent University Fund. Local independent school districts also benefit from property taxes paid ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

In case you missed them, here are the top five headlines from Bakken.com for the week of November 15th through the 21st. Enjoy! 5. North Dakota oil well backlog eclipses 1,000 for first time The number of oil wells in North Dakota that have been drilled but not fracked eclipsed 1,000 for the first time in September, as producers delayed ...

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ND researcher developing smart pipeline technology

A researcher at North Dakota State University wants to create safer oil and gas pipelines. Fardad Azarmi is developing a thermal spray coating that would prevent corrosion inside pipelines. The coating is a mixture of metal and ceramic particles. Sensors that can identify corrosion and measure stress or cracking in critical sections of a pipeline are baked into the coating. ...

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