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Getting to Know Your Mud System

Getting to Know Your Mud System

Mud cleaning systems are critical in the drilling process, as they protect the system components by lowering the solids/sand content in the drilling fluid. Cleaner fluid means much longer expendable life in the entire mud cleaning and pumping system. Lower sand content also allows the drilling fluid to carry cuttings from the bore more efficiently, making for a better bore hole and a higher rate of penetration. In addition to helping alleviate environmental mud disposal concerns, reclaiming and recycling also allows for substantial mud cost savings.
Look! Up in the Sky — It’s Not a Bird, but it is a Plane Monitoring Pipelines

Look! Up in the Sky — It’s Not a Bird, but it is a Plane Monitoring Pipelines

As a rookie analyst for the natural gas transmission firm El Paso Corp., Jeff Farrells got his first real eye-opener in the pipeline inspection business when he boarded a tiny, single-engine Cessna 182 propeller plane in Colorado Springs.

Judge Says No Immediate Ruling on Dakota Access Pipeline Work

02-28-2017 Associated Press

A federal judge said Tuesday that he'll decide within a week whether to temporarily halt construction of the final section of the Dakota Access pipeline over claims that it violates the religious rights of two Indian tribes. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg told lawyers at a hearing that he wants to issue a ruling before oil begins flowing in the pipeline, which could be weeks away.
Washington D.C. Welcomes NASTT’s No-Dig Show, ISTT’s 35th Annual International No-Dig

Washington D.C. Welcomes NASTT’s No-Dig Show, ISTT’s 35th Annual International No-Dig

Each year the No. 1 trenchless industry event in North America is NASTT’s No-Dig Show and this year the show goes global. April 9-13 the global community of trenchless professionals will gather in our nation’s capital for NASTT’s 2017 No-Dig Show and the International Society for Trenchless Technology’s (ISTT) 35th International No-Dig Show held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
How to Survive and Thrive in a Variable Economy

How to Survive and Thrive in a Variable Economy

High natural gas and oil prices fueled a boon in the drilling industry from 2005 to 2014. Companies across the entire value chain thrived with numerous midstream and downstream projects. In 2015, however, the industry was hit with one of the worst downturns in decades. Faced with an uncertain future of lower oil prices and surplus supply, the oil and gas industry initially responded by cutting costs. Some cost-cutting measures included workforce reductions and renegotiating vendor contracts to help maintain margins. While prices are showed some signs of recovering in 2016, a significant recovery seems unlikely in the foreseeable future. Short-term, quick fixes are no longer enough. Instead, fundamental changes in operations and business processes are necessary. For this reason, oil and gas executives are turning to technology to help their companies survive the ups and downs of the market.
Third Annual HDD Academy a Success

Third Annual HDD Academy a Success

The HDD Academy in Tempe, Ariz., was the place to be Feb. 13-14 you love horizontal directional drilling and wanted top-notch information.

Contractors Facing Increased Pressure to Turn Down the Noise

Sound regulations dictate work hours and required equipment decibel ratings in residential and commercial neighborhoods. The rules vary by country, state and municipality, which can make it tricky for contractors to stay on top of the current guidelines.
Union leaders ‘extremely encouraged’ by Trump

Union leaders ‘extremely encouraged’ by Trump

MSNBC Reports 1/25/17

Union leaders Mark McManus and Terry O'Sullivan join Morning Joe to detail their meeting with the president and why they are encouraged by his actions.

DCA & AGA Utility Contractor Workshop

Chicago, Illinois April 17-19, 2017

Mark your calendars and get ready for the 2017 DCA & AGA Utility Contractor Workshop, to be held April 17-19 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

Trump Meets with Leaders of Building, Sheet Metal Unions

President Donald Trump met Monday, January 23, at the White House with leaders of construction, carpenters, plumbers and sheet metal unions, the White House said.

Trump Seeks to Revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL Oil Pipelines

President Trump signed executive orders Tuesday clearing the way for the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines to move forward, another step in Trump’s effort to dismantle former President Obama’s environmental legacy.

Reflections from 2016 DCA President

Dale Anderson, executive vice president of Miller Pipeline, Indianapolis, Indiana, who served as DCA president during the past year, looks back on 2016 with a sense of tremendous accomplishment.

Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI)

Informative Links from Tony Radoszewski of Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), who spoke during the Government Relations Meeting at the 2016 Mid Year Meeting

AGA White Paper: Reducing Pipeline Damages from the Use of Horizontal Directional Drilling

OSHA to Hold Two Meetings of National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health OSH Professionals Pipeline Work Group