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Digital technologies to enable lower cost-of-supply to sustain unconventionals revolution

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The US has greatly benefitted from the unconventionals revolution, in terms of the economy, energy security and the environment, Greg Leveille, Chief Technology Officer for ConocoPhillips, said at the 2018 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference in Houston on 17 May. To sustain the success of this revolution, the industry must continue to make rapid developments in technologies like horizontal drilling and fracture stimulation. The digital technology revolution, which is already under way, is also expected to allow operators to adopt a more data-driven approach to decision making and provide new insights, leading to additional progress in lowering cost-of-supply. Watch DC’s video with Mr Leveille for more details...

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Hazard hunts help rig crews to recognize potential hazards, need to stop job

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Although drilling contractors empower every employee on the rig to stop the job if they notice a hazard, in some situations employees choose to continue with their tasks even amid unsafe conditions. Often, this is because employees don’t recognize the hazard they’re up against, Kenny Baker, Drilling Superintendent with Cactus Drilling, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference in Houston on 17 May. In this video from the conference, Mr Baker explains the approach Cactus has implemented to help employees better identify hazards on the rig. He also discusses the value of making safety personal, by making rig employees consider the impact that an on-the-job injury or fatality can impact a family or community...

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US Bureau of Land Management working to replace Waste Prevention Rule, streamline permit processing

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Following secretarial orders from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and executive orders from President Donald Trump, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the midst of rolling back regulations that negatively impact oil and gas drilling. In this video from the 2018 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference on 17 May in Houston, Sheila Mallory, Deputy State Director, Minerals for the BLM, discusses the agency’s priorities for the near term, including improving processing time of drilling permit applications on BLM lands. She also explains BLM’s plans to replace the Waste Prevention Rule governing methane emissions...

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