What Exactly Is Shale?

Shale is quite a dynamic substance once you think about it. Remember learning about sedimentary rocks in high school? Shale is a type of sedimentary rock that’s fine-grained, and is commonly called a “mudstone.” This is because it’s formed…

5 Good Paying Oil & Gas Jobs: No Degree Required!

If you think there are no decent paying jobs out there that don’t require a college degree, think again. The O&G industry offers a smorgasbord of good paying employment choices that don’t require going in debt up to your eyeballs at a four…

Petroleum Geology: What Are Salt Domes?

For the longest time, salt domes were unknown to us humans. It wasn’t until 1900 while drilling near Beaumont, Texas, that we first discovered massive bulges of salt curiously ascending through layers of the earth’s crust. What exactly are…

7 Interesting Facts About Natural Gas

To many, natural gas is considered a fantastic prospect for the future of energy. It burns clean, there’s a ton of it still underneath the ground, and our infrastructure thoroughly supports the speedy transfer and use of this powerful fossil…

Will We Ever Run Out Of Oil & Gas?

It depends on how you ask that question, first of all. Do you mean will we ever pump every drop of oil from the earth to the surface and physically run out? Or do you mean will we basically pump all the major oil wells dry, leaving some…

The Pros & Cons Of Petroleum Engineering

I’ve written about Petroleum Engineering a few times–enough to the point where I might consider going back to school for it. It’s a dynamic line of work where you’re basically the boss of certain oil wells across a broad territory…

A Day In The Life Of A Petroleum Engineer

Being a Petroleum Engineer is a bit like playing three or four different positions on a football team. They’re like the quarterback, the safety, the offensive line, and the wide out all at the same time…

What Is Horizontal Drilling? Here’s A Quick Rundown

When I think of oil drilling I imagine a long vertical oil well reaching deep down into the earth– never deviating from its up-and-down direction. It makes sense to think of it this way, and for the longest time that’s the only way we drilled…

What Life Is Like On The Oil Rig

Life on the oil rig is NOT your traditional 9 to 5. It’s about as adventurous of a job that you can get, where workers pull 12-hour shifts for weeks at a time before returning back home…