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…

How Are Oil Wells Discovered?

For the record, human beings have known for a while that oil comes from the ground. In fact, Marco Polo visited a Persian City named Baku and saw oil being collected from seeps. Even back to 347 AD the Chinese were recorded drilling…

How Are Oil Rigs Built?

Constructing an oil rig is a massive undertaking. To complicate things, there’s a handful of different designs that can be built, such as fixed platforms with legs on the sea floor, semi-submersibles, and vertically moored platforms…

The Best American Oil & Gas Companies To Work For

Humans spend about thirty percent of their lives at work. Before you go off and cry in a corner about that, there’s a bright side. Not all companies are hard to work for–there are, in fact, businesses that treat their employees incredibly well…

How Do Oil Spills Get Cleaned Up?

When I think of oil spills, I almost immediately think of Dawn, and how they use their product to clean off birds and other wildlife who have been affected by these very unfortunate accidents. But what about the rest of the environment?

Where Does America Source Its Oil?

America uses more oil than any country on the planet, which begs the question of where we get it. There’s not quite enough oil within our borders to sustain us in the immediate future, so we have to rely on a variety of other countries to…