Television Opportunity For Readers

I’ve been in contact with a television producer on the East Coast who is working on a documentary about people in Williston and the Bakken area. If any of my readers are interested, comment below and I will put you in touch with her.

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3 Responses to Television Opportunity For Readers

  1. A. G. Fuels Research says:

    While I’m in the Williston Basin at various times I like to roam the oil patch. No so much to refuel, but to meet interesting and genuine people. Perhaps the most interesting are those who manage a few stripper wells in mature fields and eke out a living primarily with their ingenuity. They have never refused me a few buckets of oil to top off my tank even though they could least afford it. I love to listen as they explain how they keep production going using various techniques they’ve developed and with less than ideal iron. Its these producers that should be getting attention. They are true geniuses!

    If your “contact” really wants to see Oil Patch USA (and Canada) I suggest starting in or around the Jay field along the Florida/Alabama border, then across the Gulf Coast area to the Eagle Ford play (another tight formation) in Texas, on to the Permian Basin (and the benchmark WTI), head north catching part of the Mid Continent before going west into the Rocky Mountain Basin (mostly Wyoming) before angling in to Williston. But don’t stop there. Cross the border and head to Turner Valley,Alberta for some really fine fuel and on north of Edmonton to the oil sands and a fill up of syncrude. At this point if your “contact” is in a real sporting mood, Prudhoe Bay and Alaska’s North Slope oil fields are only a few thousand miles to the North. However, I haven’t made this leg (yet) and don’t know what to expect. Its probably best to head southeast for a long “dry” (no oil wells) run to Michigan where I’ve filled up (and I mean really FILL up) in the past. From there its back across the border at Port Huron and on to Oil Springs, Ontario where the FIRST commercial production in North America took place…….maybe; some will say western Virgina before the Civil War (now West Virginia). Nope, it wasn’t on Oil Creek, PA, but after meandering through some southern Ontario oil fields, back into the USA at Buffalo and south to the Jamestown, NY area which is the start of the Appalachian Basin, through Bradford, finally the Drake well. There is a great museum and a portion of Oil Creek is a state park, but going out, finding an oil field that has been in production for over a hundred years and still pumped with a central power unit and rod lines radiating out in all directions to grasshopper pump jacks is a real find. Watching it in operation is mesmerizing and talking to the pumper recalling the “old” days will leave you spellbound. Heading towards Ohio drill rigs start appearing that makes one think is it the Three Forks/Bakken again? This is Marcellus Shale country where the wells’ TD, laterals and size of the frac job are similar to Williston Basin activity. No tank batteries, but gathering lines galore and new compressor stations abound. Along the Ohio River the big news – where are the crackers going to be located. On the western flanks of the Marcellus the gas is wet which means cryogenic separation plants and ethane production cracked to ethylene, the primary feedstock for the polymer industry. Is the ethylene going to the Gulf Coast, Charleston, stay along the Ohio? Beneath the Marcellus in Ohio is another promising, wet formation. It looks like America will have its plastics for another fifty years or so. Overall, there is a probably a bigger “boom” going on in the Appalachian Basin than the Williston. Down the Ohio past some of my favorite refueling spots, past the eastern terminus of the RockyEX, the pipeline intending to bring cheap Wyoming/Rocky Mountain gas east may start sending cheaper Marcellus shale gas west. Can the compressor stations be reversed? At Ashland, Ky its up the Big Sandy past the rather large refinery the uses both local and Gulf Coast crudes, continuing to Pike County, Kentucky. Its here I want to stop. About twenty five years ago one of the finest men you’ll ever meet let me fill up at an well he had just brought into production. The crude was from the “Big Lime”, a Devonian carbonate formation that had been stimulated by what was then being called the “big frac.” About eight years ago (maybe nine) when I first refueled on a Three Forks/Bakken crude I looked at the oil and exclaimed to the pumper that was with me “Damn, this is Kentucky lime oil!” Over half a continent away and I’m back where I started from.

    Your “contact” should make this circuit to gain a comprehensive view of what it takes to extract a valuable resource and the people that do it. Its worth a “documentary.” You should have my email address. If you or your “contact” want further information please write.

    Kind regards,


  2. A. G. Fuels Research says:

    I think your “contact” should consider a documentary on the contrast between the Sanish/Three Forks/Bakken play on the High Plains and the Marcellus/Utica/Point Pleasant shale plays in parts of the Appalachian Basin. In the Williston Basin its mostly oil. In the Marcellus et al. its mostly gas, but on the western side its wet and that means cryogenic plants. The big question being asked is “Where are the crackers going to be located.” Because “wet” means ethane which is cracked to ethylene and that’s the primary feedstock for the polymer industry. American will have its plastics for another fifty years or more. I think there is more of a “boom” going on in Ohio with Utica formation (it extends to Quebec) being drilled.

    If your contact wants to see Oil Patch USA up close climb on board while I make a circuit through a number of sedimentary basins testing a new fuel system. It will only be about 4500 miles. Maybe 6000 if I want to try some syncrude. Its a great way to meet the people that extract a valuable resource from the earth. And, by refueling out of a stock tanks, its also a way to get darn greasy.



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