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…

What Are Oil Sands?

Oil sands are a bit of a challenge to describe. What you need to know is these sands contain bitumen, which is a particularly viscous form of petroleum and can also come in the form of hardened out sandstone…

How Is Natural Gas Formed?

Natural Gas is actually formed similarly to crude oil! It’s incredible what intense heat and pressure can do, and in the case of natural gas, this fact is no exception…

What Is Hydrofracking?

Besides having a really cool name, hydrofracking is a groundbreaking (literally) new way to extract natural gas. Mining in dense shale isn’t a cakewalk, however after Schlumberger Inc., and a few other companies developed hydrofracking, the…