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Burden is on industry to prove it can drill Marcellus without harming environment

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August, Onshore Advances

As interest in the Marcellus gas play intensifies, two Pennsylvania lawyers well-versed in the state’s environmental and land use planning laws have a simple…

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Survey reveals contractors’ employee benefits status, highlights opportunities for improvement

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, July/August

Balancing the need to control benefit plan costs and the need to provide value to employees is a challenge. In times of uncertainty, the struggle…

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Performance drilling – definition, benchmarking, performance qualifiers, efficiency and value

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Drilling programs continue to be pushed into harder and more abrasive formations while directional drilling activities have become more complex.

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New liquid microsphere design simplifies HPL cementing, enhances density flexibility

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, July/August

As wells become increasingly complex, so do the cementing solutions required to support the casing strings and reliably isolate pay zones for long-term…

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Beyond bumping the plug: Wyoming project improves cementing by measuring real value

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Completing the Well, July/August, Onshore Advances

Although cementing costs typically represent less than 10% of total planned wells costs for US onshore operations, failure to get good zonal isolation…

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Relief well case study: Modified drillers method used as intervention alternative to bullheading

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

This article summarizes the innovative use of a relief well as a cost-effective and safe alternative for a non-blowout well control intervention.

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Well control faces new complexities with deep, HPHT, horizontal, deepwater, multiwell drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

There have been many advances in the drilling industry in the last 20 years. What was once the exotic has now become routine. Some examples are:

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Snubbing power tong could be cost-effective alternative to workover rigs while maintaining safety

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, July/August

In oil and gas recovery operations, tubular members are usually run or pulled using a workover rig or a snubbing unit. Workover rigs are basically small…

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Norwegian PSA tracks negative trend in attitudes toward safe lifting, urges radical change

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Change was the winning slogan in the recent US presidential election. In the same way, a willingness to adapt and think anew is essential for reducing risk…

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New water-based drilling fluid with treated micronized barite slurries may help reduce ECDs

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August

Technical challenges in the oil industry are becoming more complex each day. Ten- to 12-km wells are being drilled, ultra high-temperature, high-pressure…

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