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Marcellus formation in the northeastern U.S.; the Barnett formation in north central Texas and the Haynesville formation in parts of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. These unconventional plays produce mostly natural gas.

According to Brenda Pierce, coordinator for the Energy Resources Program with the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the reasons that the Bakken play has been so successful is due to lessons learned and technology developed in shale gas plays like the Barnett.

The Bakken area, with its high-quality crude oil, is one of a few unconventional plays that produce oil.

Lynn Helms, director of North Dakota’s mineral resources division, says there are currently only two U.S. formations that are comparable to the Bakken: the Niobrara formation, which spans parts of Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, and the Eagle Ford formation in Texas. As in the Bakken, unconventional means may be the best way to recover the oil.

Continental Resources will be testing a Niobrara well this spring, the first long- lateral well in the formation. The company expects to receive initial data by early May. Meanwhile, Marathon is testing wells in the Eagle Ford formation.

The Baker Hughes StarTrak high-definition advanced LWD imaging systems are used to identify natural fractures to optimize the hydraulic fracturing process.


Responsible for gauging and testing products at entry or exit points and for regulating flow of oil into pipelines at wells, tank farms, or terminals following prescribed standards and regulations.

Requires experience in measuring,

sampling, and testing crude oil for gauging lease tanks, as well as knowledge of gauging equipment, supplies and technology. Performs routine site activities such as changing charts, adjusting flows or pressure, and noting maintenance needs. Requires a valid driver’s license, and pre-employment drug screen.

STATION OPERATORS Responsible for monitoring the safe and efficient flow of crude oil. Maintain

equipment in good operating condition and will be competent in the use of all station equipment, including motors, pumps, meters, and charts. Read meters and accurately record those readings. Watch for line pressure variations or other problems, and to take appropriate corrective action. Requires a valid driver’s license, and pre-employment drug screen.


“We continue to look internationally, but for now, our primary focus is in the U.S. and we’ll continue to grow our positions there,” Cazalot said.

Most large oil companies have their own ways of doing things. They are reluctant to share unique ways of operating, which can amount to proprietary secrets. Bond said adaptation of the existing technologies seems to be the key.

“It’s all about understanding what the issues are and using the available technologies to optimize your performance,” Bond said.

And the available technologies are growing in number and scope. New ways of drilling, new technologies for logging the properties of the reservoirs during the drilling process and even new frac fluids could have a huge impact on drilling and recovery in unconventional areas.

For example, Baker Hughes will be testing a new rotary steerable system onshore this spring.

“These have been used offshore for a long time but they haven’t been used onshore,” Bond said. “We’ve got one going in the hole fairly soon.”

Bond explained that bent motors, normally used for horizontal drilling,

Responsible for computer documentation of pipeline operation and maintenance and other auxiliary equipment and machinery used to route petroleum products. Update and maintain production records and files; provides administrative and technical support to the production personnel. Uses computer skills to create spreadsheets and maintain database, and perform calculations to balance information gathered from various sources. Successful candidate will be highly organized with good communication skills. Requires being proficient in Microsoft applications, including Excel, Word.

RIG MECHANIC At least 2 years’ related experience working on GMC, Waukesha, and Caterpillar engines required. Knowledge of draw works, compounds, pumps, and rotary tables. Responsible for performing maintenance and general repairs on oilfield equipment and engines, be able to diagnose and determine extent of repair required to meet specifications and safety requirements. This job is based out of Casper, Wyoming and involves field work as well as shop work. Travel throughout Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota and other surrounding states. Valid drivers’ license, clean driving record, ability to obtain CDL, DOT physical, and passing a drug and alcohol screen is required. Company vehicle and tools are provided.

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter, and resume to:

Human Resource Department, P.O. Drawer 2360, Casper, WY 82602, email to, fax to 307-266-0454. An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

The True companies had their beginning in 1948 when H.A. ‘Dave’ True, Jr. became manager and part owner of the one-rig Reserve Drilling Company. The company grew to a five rotary drilling rig operation by 1951. In 1954, True, in partnership with his wife Jean, began True Drilling Company and True Oil Company. Since then several other firms have been organized by the True family, many connected with the petroleum industry and all based in Casper.


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