30 Jun 2014 More

Bakken-Three Forks Rig Count Rises by Three to 176

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The Bakken-Three Forks rig count gained by 3 for the week ending June 27. In total, there are 192 active rigs with 11 of those currently in the process of rigging up or moving.

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29 Jun 2014 More

Oil Exports Ban Lifted by President Obama

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Photo of President ObamaThe Obama Administration has lifted the ban on US crude oil exports that was first implemented back in 1975, this according to the Wall Street Journal. The decision has approval by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security.
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28 Jun 2014 More

Many Not Thrilled about Methanol Fuel Substitute

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Image of a bottle of methanolWhile there has been an increase in crude oil drilling, there have been many attempts to switch to methanol from gasoline. The switch would cut down on greenhouse-gas emissions and help with the crude oil expansion; however, many are hesitant to make the switch.
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27 Jun 2014 More

Bakken Oil Boom Sends North Dakota Real Estate Prices Through the Roof

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Oil rig in the oil-rich Bakken region
When they say real estate prices in North Dakota are going through the roof, they’re not exaggerating.  The price of homes in the oil-rich state, especially in the Bakken formation region, is not only up 20 percent since 2011, just getting a roof just over your head is not as easy as it sounds.  The average price for a home in the state now exceeds $200,000.  North Dakota now ranks only second to Texas in total oil production.

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26 Jun 2014 More

WEN, Women's Energy Network, Marks 20th Anniversary

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Women in Energy logo for 20 year celebration
This year marks the 20th anniversary of WEN, the Women's Energy Network, and now more than ever women are needed in the energy business. The recent shale oil and gas boom has left employers scrambling not just for workers but for qualified employees. WEN is here to fill that void.

Come read this great article on WEN, all it has accomplished in the last 20 years and where its future lies, at BrownPetro.com.

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25 Jun 2014 More

Women Welders: Meet Annie

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Women welders like Annie are much in demand
Women play a larger role in the American workplace than ever before, and we're not just talking about retail or office jobs. Women are these days doing the same jobs as men, some jobs you might not even think of like women welders.

Meet Annie the Welder. Annie can do anything a man can, and she's here to prove that women are solidifying their roles in the American workforce.

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24 Jun 2014 More

Lifting the Ban on Oil Exports Would Put the USA Back on Top

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Oil exports heading to sea in an oil tanker
So what's stopping the US from bring the biggest exporter of crude oil in the world anyway? Oh nothing, just a little law from way back in 1975.

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, signed into law back in 1975, states that no crude oil extracted here in the United States can be exported outside of North America, that it must be refined right here in the USA.  At the time, since the US was importing such a large percentage of its oil, it posed no threat.

Read the whole story at BrownPetro.com

23 Jun 2014 More

Supreme Courts Hands EPA Setback on Greenhouse Gases

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Judges of the court ruling against greenhouse gases by the EPA
A setback for the EPA and the Obama Administration Monday as the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the government has limited authority to regulate major power facilities like power plants and refineries. At the same time, the court rejected the argument by private industry that such facilities should not be regulated at all.

"It bears mention that EPA is getting almost everything it wanted in this case," said Justice Antonin Scalia.

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22 Jun 2014 More

Permian Basin Rig Count Falls by Three to 553

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Map of Texas' Permian Basin
The number of active rigs in the Permian Basin declined by 3 to 553 last week, this according to the industry leader Baker Hughes. In District 8 alone, which includes oil-rich Midland, there were 320 rigs alone. While the number did decline from last week, year-over-year shows an increase of 85 rigs in the basin. The total for the whole state of Texas last week was 889, this up from 843 for the same time last year.

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21 Jun 2014 More

Come See Canada's Ultimate Oil Sands Mine

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Huge trucks transporting materials in Canada's oil sands
Canada is by far the largest oil exporter to the United States. But how do they do it? You may have heard of the Oil Sands, but until you see them in action, see what they really are, you haven't really seen anything yet.

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20 Jun 2014 More

Iraq Woes Send Gas Prices Highers

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Photo shows gas prices reflected at the pump
The price for a gallon of gas here in the US has risen on average by almost 2 cents in the past two weeks, this as the crisis in Iraq continues to pinch world oil supplies. A recent survey shows gas prices at $3.71 on average here in the US.

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19 Jun 2014 More

Lucas Energy Agrees to Two New Wells

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Lucas Energy announces it will participate in the drilling of two new wells in Madison County, Texas.  The vertical wells will target the Buda and Glen Rose horizons as well as several other formations.

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18 Jun 2014 More

Did the EPA Really Say Shale Gas Reduces Carbon Emissions?

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Image showing EPA administrator talking about shale gasIt’s almost too good to be true.  The recent shale gas boom in America has not only propelled the US back to the top spot in worldwide production, now the EPA is even reporting that carbon emissions are down to their lowest levels in 20 years.


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17 Jun 2014 More

Join Brown at the 2014 Energy Exposition - June 25-26

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Image of Dick Cheney, special guest at the Energy ExpositionThe 15th annual Energy Exposition in Billings, Montana June 25-26 is featuring this year as its keynote speaker, 46th vice president of the United States Dick Cheney.

Did you know that Wyoming and North Dakota are now two of the top oil producing states in America?  Due to new technologies in the oil business, these northern states, once just minor players in the oil and gas industry, are now leaders with North Dakota ranked second only to Texas.

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16 Jun 2014 More

Women Grabbing More Oil and Gas Jobs Than Ever

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Image of woman working in the oil and gas businessWhen people think of someone working the the oil and gas business, they usually think of a man. True, it is now and always has been a man's world, but you may be surprised to find that more and more oil and gas jobs are now going to women, this according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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15 Jun 2014 More

The Past Comes Alive at Brown Book Shop – Literally

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It was F. Scott Fitzgerald himself who said, “There are no second acts in American lives.”  Apparently, he never met the book Basic Electronics by Mac Elwyn Van Valkenburgh.  After sitting on the shelf of the Brown Book Shop for more than 59 years, Vol. 4 of the book was finally sold on Thursday.  Take that F. Scott!

Originally published in 1955, the book was the fourth in a series of six.  Volume 1 was originally a release of courses taught in Navy specialty schools.  Although later editions of the book are still available today, it is rare to find the actual first edition from 1955.

Born in Utah in 1921, Van Valkenburgh received his Masters in electrical engineering from MIT in 1946 and his PhD from Stanford University in 1952.   He was the author of seven textbooks and many more scientific publications.  He even has an award named after him: the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Mac Van Valkenburgh Award.

Van Valkenberg passed away in 1997 at the age of 75.


14 Jun 2014 More

Man return 57 Year-old Receipt to Brown Book Shop

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Dr. George Rose, formerly of Houston, Texas, returned a 57-year-old receipt to the Brown Book Shop in February after reading an article about Brown in the Houston Chronicle.  The receipt was dated July 24, 1957.

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13 Jun 2014 More

Eagle Ford Shale Boom Making Millionaires in This Small Texas Town

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Image of oil well in the Eagle Ford Shale playJust about everyone knows the story of Jed Clampant from the Beverly Hillbillies, the popular show of the 1960s. While that was just a comedy, it seems that the rags-to-riches tale behind the story really is coming true in small towns all across America. For some, it's better even than winning the lottery. It's an oil and gas dream come true in the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas.

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12 Jun 2014 More

Eagle Ford Shale Boom May Be the Biggest in History

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Video of Eagle Ford Shale boomCheck out this great video all about the great boom in the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas.  Before it’s all said and done, most experts agree it will be the greatest economic boom in the history of Texas and even one of the largest in the world.  


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11 Jun 2014 More

Rail Shipments from Bakken Slow

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Bakken oil shipments down
New data shows that oil shipments by rail have slowed from the Bakken Shale play.  Regulators dispel the rumor that some of the terminals there have been shut down due to new rules and regulations.

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10 Jun 2014 More

University of Houston Expands Oil and Gas MBA Program

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Image of the Bauer oil and gas MBA programHouston, Texas is the oil and gas capital of the world.  It’s also the energy corridor.  So where better to get your oil and gas education if you plan on being an executive in the energy business? You have to check out the Oil and Gas MBA Program at the university of Houston.

The Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston offers more MBA programs now than ever, but where this school differs from others is that it offers MBA courses tailored especially for the energy business.

Read all about the great MBA program at the University of Houston at BrownPetro.com.

9 Jun 2014 More

David Holt Says It's Time to Take 'Fracking' Back

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Photo of David Holt of the Consumer Energy AllianceDavid Holt, spokesperson for the Consumer Energy Alliance, asked the question: why does the term environmentalist applies only to those who are opposed to the oil and gas industry?  His answer was that everyone is an environmentalist at heart.  “No one wants to destroy the environment,” he said.

When it comes to hydraulic fracturing and public fears over environmental concerns, it’s the oil and gas industry itself that needs to move the conversation in another direction.  At least, that’s how a panel of public relations experts sees it.  The panel delivered the message at the Petroleum Connection’s Clean Fracking Conference in Houston.

Come read this great article at BrownPetro.com.

8 Jun 2014 More

Big Money for Your BS in Petroleum Engineering

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Image of Petroleum Engineering rig offshore
Want to make big money right out of college?  If so, then you might want to know that the highest paying jobs straight out of college (with just your bachelor’s degree) are in petroleum engineering.  Graduates coming out of the New Mexico Technical College are getting initial offers as high as $80,000 per year.


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7 Jun 2014 More

Methanol as Gasoline Substitute Unlikely

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Image of methanol tanksThere was bad news for those who believe using methanol from natural gas might be a viable substitute for gasoline.  The idea got a less than warm reception from one federal government official who said he believes the plan is unlikely to be adopted for wide use in cars and trucks.

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6 Jun 2014 More

Women in Business - Petrobas CEO Maria das Gracas Silva Foster

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Image of Petrobas CEO Maria das Gracas Silva FosterMaria das Gracas Silva Foster is not just another woman in business, she's a world leader. As CEO of Brazilian giant Petrobas, she's the only female head of a major oil and gas company, but her story begins not with a stories childhood, but a struggle.

As a child, Foster lived in the slums of Rio de Janeiro known as Complexo do Alemano. It was here that her mother instilled in her the virtues that helped her make her way all the way to the top of the business world: hard work, perseverance, and a can-do attitude.

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5 Jun 2014 More

Are the Bakken and the Eagle Ford the Last of their Kind?

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Image of rig in the Bakken
While most everyone agrees the great shale boom in the US is still just getting started, there are those who believe we will not see anymore real game changers like the Bakken and the Eagle Ford, at least not in the near future. According to EOG Resources CEO Bill Thompson, both these shale plays are a once-in-a-lifetime event, and not so soon to be equaled.

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4 Jun 2014 More

New Pipeline in the Works for Eagle Ford Shale

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Map of the Eagle Ford Shale play in Texas
When Deon Energy said it was going all-in into the Eagle Ford Shale Formation it wasn't kidding. The company invested more than $6 billion the region alone last year, selling off almost that same amount in international assets. Now, Victoria Express Pipeline LLC, or VEX (a subsidiary of Devon), says it is building a 56-mile pipeline  from the Blackhawk central delivery point in DeWitt County, Texas to the inlet of Devon Gas Services’s terminal at the Port of Victoria. The pipeline is expected to come online as early as July 1 of this year. Capacity is estimated at 100 mbopd.

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3 Jun 2014 More

Brown Technical Speaks Out at M&A Forum - Houston

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Brown Technical Book Shop owners Steven Plumb and Noah Davis were both invited speakers at the M&A Forum held at Wortham Tower in Houston.

The Forum itself allows businessmen involved in the mergers and acquisitions process to join in a dialogue with their counterparts and forge relationships. Among the many advantages of the forum, networking is seen as the most long-lasting.

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2 Jun 2014 More

Time Not on the Bakken’s Side?

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Vie wof a rig in the Bakken
While the Bakken is still a viable play, output per well has dropped by 11 percent in the last two years.  This at the same time that production in newer formations in North Dakota are up by as much as 79 percent.

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1 Jun 2014 More

Join Brown at the 2014 Tulsa Oilfield Expo - June 4-5

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Brown at the South Texas oilfield Expo
Join the Brown Technical Book Shop June 4-5 at the 2014 Tulsa Oilfield Expo.  The conference will be held at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma June 4-5.  The event focuses on production, exploration, and even support sectors like construction and manufacturing.  Tulsa is a leading center for the oil and gas business.

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