The BP Deep Horizon offshore spill and disaster in the Gulf of Mexico highlights the need for truly environmentally-friendly-based washing agents, suitable for lifting and solvating oil from both sand and soil.

Engen TeraSol is a non-toxic, biodegradable and non-bioaccumulating surfactant cleaning agent. This product can be sprayed over the contaminated surface providing rapid penetration, and effective static lifting of oil contamination. The now separated oil can be mechanically or biologically processed, and free rinsed leaving no residue. Continue reading »

If the world has any chance of avoiding the worst fears of peak oilers, it has to pump every possible barrel of oil it can out of fields in the United States and elsewhere. Many exploration and production companies are doing just that, all the way from the largest integrated oil company in the world down to small cap companies. (Learn a little more about the “non” part of this non-renewable resource. Read Peak Oil: Problems And Possibilities.)

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) was the latest to announce an enhanced oil recovery project at one of its aging fields. The Hawkins Field was discovered in 1940 and has pumped out hundreds of millions of barrels of oil since then. Exxon Mobil will be injecting nitrogen into these old wells to stimulate production. Continue reading »

Toxins from Canada’s Alberta oilsands are damaging fish in the Athabasca River, say scientists and First Nation representatives.

They’re showing the public examples of deformed fish caught in the northern river over the last few years, at the University of Alberta’s Lister Centre in Edmonton.

Fish with tumours, deformities and signs of disease or infection were collected from the lower Athabasca River, Athabasca Delta and Lake Athabasca, downstream from the oilsands. Continue reading »

US demand for oil and gas well stimulation materials is projected to increase 14 percent per year to $7.35 billion in 2014, buoyed by renewed efforts to reduce dependence on foreign energy sources, particularly from unfriendly or unstable countries. Well stimulation is necessary in order to maximize the output from aging US oil and gas fields, and to optimize production in unconventional settings such as tight gas, shale and coal bed methane. These and other trends, including market share and product segmentation, are presented in Well Stimulation Materials, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

Overall, gains for proppants and other stimulation materials will result from the recovery of US oil and gas production activity, which plummeted in 2009 after a precipitous decline in prices. With prices so low, there was little incentive to increase production, and oilfield activity shriveled. The US active rig count, which had topped 2,000 in mid-2008, dropped to less than 900 in 2009 before beginning to rebound later in the year. Continue reading »

The Fuhrman-Mascho field in West Texas is a textbook example of why the dire warnings of peak oil enthusiasts might never come true, as the exploration and production industry has started to rejuvenate this mature 70-year-oil field over the past decade.

Location, Location, Location
The Fuhrman-Mascho field is located in West Texas in the Permian Basin, one of the oldest producing fields in the U.S. The Fuhrman-Mascho field was first developed in the 1930s, and has several producing zones including the Grayburg and the San Andreas formations. Continue reading »

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