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Oil and Gas Roundup — Nov. 11

November 11, 2013
TOPICS: In the news
A roundup of oil and natural gas industry news from around the state, nation and world:

U.S. rig count up 12 this week to 1,754

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 12 this week to 1,754.

The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,383 rigs were exploring for oil and 365 for gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,806 rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 13 rigs, New Mexico increased by six and Louisiana added one.

Oklahoma lost four rigs and Alaska declined by one. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming remained unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

American Energy Partners hires former Chesapeake executive

American Energy Partners LP on Monday announced the hiring of former Chesapeake Energy Corp. executive Jeff Fisher as its chief operating officer.

Chesapeake co-founder Aubrey McClendon established American Energy earlier this year after being forced out by the reconstituted board at Chesapeake. It is based just down the road from the Chesapeake campus.

Fisher was fired from Chesapeake in August as new CEO Doug Lawler began a reorganization that eventually included about 900 layoffs.

Fisher, an Oklahoma State University graduate, spent 10 years at Chesapeake, ending his tenure there as executive vice president of production. He also worked for BP, Vastar and Arco.

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Natural-gas fueling stations expanding

About five years ago, Apache Corp. started building fueling stations for its fleet of trucks that run on natural gas. Today the independent oil and gas company has retail and company-only Apache natural gas stations in four states.

Frank Chapel, director of natural gas transportation fuels for Apache, said the company has seven retail natural gas stations and 11 stations for Apache vehicles only in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, where Apache’s lone station is open to all natural-gas vehicles at Frank’s International, an oil and gas service company off U.S. 90 in Lafayette.

Chapel said 510 of the company’s 1,100 company trucks run on the clean-burning fuel that sells for half of what gasoline costs at the pump.

Chapel said Apache came to the realization five years ago that it would have to build fueling stations for its fleet. Congressional leaders and others said Friday that the U.S. also will have to recognize the need for a cross-country network of natural-gas stations if the country is to take advantage of the low-cost, clean-burning and now abundant fuel.

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More oil and gas drillers turn to water recycling

MIDLAND, Texas — Just a few years ago, many drillers suspected water recyclers were trying to sell an unproven idea designed to drain money from multimillion dollar businesses. Now the system is helping drillers use less freshwater and dispose of less wastewater. Recycling is rapidly becoming a popular and economic solution for a burgeoning industry.

The change is happening so swiftly that regulators are racing to keep up and in some cases taking steps to make it easier for drillers to recycle.

Each time a well is drilled, about 20 percent of the water eventually remerges, but it is jam-packed with contaminants from drilling chemicals and heavy metals picked up when the water hits oil. Until recently, that water was dumped as waste, often into injection wells deep underground.

Many companies, each using slightly different technology and methods, are offering ways of reusing that water. Some, like Schlosberg's Water Rescue Services, statically charge the water to allow particles of waste to separate and fall to the bottom. Those solids are taken to a landfill, leaving more than 95 percent of the water clean enough to be reused for fracking.

Other operators, such as Walton, Ky.-based Pure Stream, offer two technologies - one that cleans water so it can be reused in the oil patch and another more expensive system that renders it clean enough to be dumped into rivers and lakes or used in agriculture.

Todd Ennenga, Pure Stream's vice president of business development, said interest in the technology has doubled in the past year alone.

Some others tout methods that leave behind no solid waste at all, eliminating the need to transport anything to a landfill. A few companies insist they can frack without any water.

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