Last week, The Energy Makers Show interviewed GreaseBook to find out a little more about the app’s approach to oil and gas data management for lease operators in the oil patch…

In the clip below, Russ Capper (Owner/CEO of The Energy Makers Show) talks with Greg Archbald (Founder of GreaseBook) to understand exactly how the app replaces the paper gauge sheet…


The EnergyMakers Show is a weekly video podcast featuring interviews with energy innovators, thought leaders and public policy makers discussing the challenges of the world’s rapidly increasing thirst for energy.

We were thrilled to be a part of the interview, and even more grateful to the Energy Makers Show for spreading the word about GreaseBook — be sure to pay Russ a visit at www.theenergymakers.com!

We’re halfway through the year and thank you for the opportunity to keep your operations running smoothly and efficiently!

Each month, Greasebook pushes new updates to the platform.

That said, here is a quarterly round-up of some of the more notable features we pushed Q2 2022 – without further adieu, let’s dive in! 🏊‍♀️

Pumper Tracking & Geofences

We’ve enhanced our battery location tracing and rolled out Geofences!🗺

To be clear: a geofence is a boundary or ‘trigger radius’ around any asset (well, battery, injector, etc) based on GPS locations. 🧭

How does this help?

From the pumper side, any time they arrive within X feet of a geofenced asset the GreaseBook will immediately queue up the correct Battery, Well or Injector will be immediately presented when they open their app (which means no more scrolling through their battery list to find the lease they’re working on which saves valuable time… 👏)

From the Executive side, you’ll now be able to see exactly when anyone from your team has stepped foot on the lease – which will reduce all sorts of expensive oversights that can easily be avoided by simply confirming someone is showing up! 🤳📶

Advanced Custom Settings

For quick set up of new assets, GreaseBook builds each new Lease with several common ‘boilerplate’ data points in mind (Tubing, Casing, Separator, Heater, etc…)

However, we understand that every Lease is different and producers want to streamline their GreaseBook interface with only the items they need. 😉

No, we simply enable you to ‘hide’ any boilerplate variables that you may not use. 🚮

To adjust what you and your pumpers see, simply go to Settings > Batteries > open desired Battery.

Click the Variables tab and open whichever field you wish to modify…

From there, simply change the name or click ‘Is Hidden?’ to hide from view and hit save or rename the variable to something more useful!

Now your MCF & Battery entries can be modified to (perfectly) fit your operations!✅

Unique Entry Modes for Advanced Users

So that our pumpers fully engage each asset and take ownership every day, when taking any new measurements it’s important they have previous entries from which to reference ✅✅

And, GreaseBook’s default mode allows pumpers to check their previous work and reference historical production when submitting numbers for the day.

That said, we understand that some pumpers have an enormous amount of wells under their care, and they need to get in-and get out without any hassle 🏃

This is precisely why we developed ‘Speed Mode’.🏎️💨💨💨

Speed Mode in the app allows pumpers to input all their measurement information from a single screen.

🚩 While this drastically decreases the time it takes our pumpers to finish their production reports, keep in mind this option may not be optimal for every user!🚩

Because Speed Mode is designed with speed of entry in mind (and not pumper engagement), our pumpers won’t see the historical production to work from as a reference while entering their measurements…

So, when considering to use this feature, please note while it will save the pumper time it may cause reduced ‘Pumper Engagement’ with your assets while in the field… something we consider a key pillar of maximizing your production and operational efficiencies.☝

Access to Pumper Mesh

You might have noticed a new button on the bottom of your Executive Suite. With the uptick in recent workloads, we added a shortcut to our popular Pumper Mesh where you can access hundreds of GreaseBook’s Pumpers who are ready to get to work!

All you need to do is select your County, review the Pumpers in your area, and contact them.

Also, many of the pumpers listed are also current GreaseBook users!

That means not only do you now have options when it comes to pumpers, but you can also potentially contract an asset to a new pumper and have them up and collecting data for you on the Greasebook in less than an afternoon 🙂

When using our Pumper Directory, please note Greasebook is neither a pumper placement nor contract service company (nor do we want to be!)

So, while we can easily introduce you to pumpers its up to you to manage them 😉

Other Impactful Modifications

Some updates that you might not have noticed because they’re so slick you just started using them without even noticing… ✨

Quite a few of our Settings pages have gotten a face-lift😍!

Take for example our Custom Reports and our Alerts center. You can now duplicate reports, make edits and even add in a multitude of options including Well Performance and even Guest User Access.

Our Alerts center makes creating and managing alerts even simpler!⚠️

We’ve also amped up the Battery Settings Page so now you can fine-tune your GreaseBook. 🎶

Unique settings, advanced build-out settings and water-meter options allow you to match your GreaseBook to what you actually do in the field.

And the best part is, you can do it yourself!

For example, when you add a well, all you need is the API number and GreaseBook will do the rest for you!

Have questions regarding any updates or merely want to try them out? Give us a shout at help@greasebook.com and we’ll help you get setup!

Others items we continually update to ensure smooth sailing include that have been under development over the past several quarters…⛵

  • ElasticOps – bring in any existing SCADA, monitoring, or telemetry into the Greasebook.
  • Alerts Engine – text and email alert engine notifying you and your team of anything that’s off kilter according to the parameters of the alerts you set up in your operations.
  • Custom Reports – new data fields, new layouts and cleaner processing enabling you to build ANY report (Excel, PDF, etc) with ANY layout all on the fly, all without having to be a computer programmer or tech genius to do it🤓🚫
  • Logic Variables – adding new ways to calculate and combine the data behind your production data so you don’t have to 😉

Recap

The GreaseBook is the fastest growing app in the oil patch today. And, to keep up we push out new updates every week. Not sure if we can handle something in your ops? Ask us! 👋🙂

Given the number of producers we work with today in nearly every oil & gas producing basin across the US, when it comes to tracking your production and maintaining tabs on your folks in the field there’s not much we DON’T do.

And, if we don’t do whatever you’re after already, there’s a good chance we can knock it out in short order 👔

In summary, if you’re not letting GreaseBook run your daily ops, you’re working too hard. ⏳💸

If you’d like to streamline your communication with the field to achieve your most profitable, operationally efficient oil & gas production company, then get started by filling out a questionnaire here: www.greasebook.com/invite

Everyone here at Greasebook wishes you continued prosperity in 2022 and want you to know we’re very grateful for the opportunity to serve you 🤝

Each month, Greasebook is pushing new updates to the platform. That said, here is a quarterly round-up of some of the more notable features that were pushed to the app Q1 2022 – without further adieu, let’s dive in! 🏊‍♀️

 

Aut0-Ticket Creation

When collecting and submitting Run Tickets, often times tank gauges get submitted out of order which creates a lot of spikes and dips in production (which someone has to go in and clean up!)

To keep this from happening, we’ve made submitting pumper tickets around tank gauges entries just a little easier with Auto-Ticket reminders 🚨 🎫

Now, every time a tank level drops your pumper will see a simple placeholder gently nudging the pumper to create a ticket (oil sales, pulled bottom, hot oil or otherwise….)

Not only does this enable us to keep our gauges straight and in chronological order but it also gives the operator the required transparency to know what’s really happening with the movement of crude at the tank battery🛢💰

 

Custom Messages for Scheduled Reports

Previously, the content of scheduled reports was vague and tagged with GreaseBook logo and colors 🔖

Basically, GreaseBook Scheduled Reports allow you to automate any daily, weekly, or monthly reports you want to send out to management, investors and other stakeholders in your business.

To further increase the professionalism in the eyes of their investors and stakeholders, some operators wanted the ability to customize the coloring and message of the email being sent out…

Now, as opposed to the standard GreaseBook fanfare, you can include your own message, coloring and even add your own logo™️

 

 

State Reports

State reporting eating up precious time and effort every month? ⏰

GreaseBook is continually working to add in more state reports so we can streamline your time spent gathering and each month.🎇📈

This quarter a few of the reports we’ve added include:

  • Wyoming Oil and Gas Form 2: Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
  • New Mexico Monthly Operations Report: EMNRD Department – OCD E-Permitting
  • Kansas Annual Report (Form U3C): Annual Report of Pressure Monitoring, Fluid Injection and Enhanced Recovery

Would having your State and Government Agency reports automated each month help streamline your operations?

There’s a good chance we already have the report you’re looking for! If not, simply send us a note to help@greasebook.com and let us know and we’ll knock it out at no additional charge to you:

Custom Gas Meters

Gas gathering can be a complex slew of gas lines, master meters, paper chart recorders and the like…

Sprinkle in some lease gas use, buy back meters or some gas injection and man oh man can keeping everything straight gets complicated in a hurry!!😅

That said, Greasebook now not only has the ability to add as many unique custom variables to your gas production but we also allow you to create custom formulas around your production enabling your to keep it all straight.🧮

Now, no more double-counting Produced Gas and no more extra work around breaking out complicated gas gathering – the app does it all for you!

 

Other Impactful Modifications

Some updates that you might not have noticed because they’re so slick you just started using them without even noticing… ✨

Take for example how the Timeline appears on the Overview tab!

Now, when reviewing production from a Company or Field level, important Comments, Downtime, or any other Contextual element happening in the operation is no longer buried and is now surfaced for all to see 👀

Have questions regarding any updates or merely want to try them out? Give us a shout at help@greasebook.com and we’ll help you get setup!

Others items we continually update to ensure smooth sailing include that have been under development over the past several quarters…⛵

  • ElasticOps – bring in any existing SCADA, monitoring, or telemetry into the Greasebook.
  • Alerts Engine – text and email alert engine notifying you and your team of anything that’s off kilter according to the parameters of the alerts you set up in your operations.
  • Custom Reports – new data fields, new layouts and cleaner processing enabling you to build ANY report (Excel, PDF, etc) with ANY layout all on the fly, all without having to be a computer programmer or tech genius to do it🤓🚫
  • Logic Variables – adding new ways to calculate and combine the data behind your production data so you don’t have to 😉

User Access and Help Features

Want to take a deeper look at some of the new features or have a question on something you’re not familiar with?

GreaseBook makes finding answers or getting ahold of the Operator Success Team even easier. From the username dropdown at the top of the Executive site or the Help button within the Pumper App, you can access our Team for questions or our Help Articles to learn on your own! Quick fast and simple so you can get back to doing what you do best (ie producing oil & gas)!!  💰💰💰

 

Recap

The GreaseBook is the fastest growing app in the oil patch today. And, to keep up we push out new updates every week. Not sure if we can handle something in your ops? Ask us! 👋🙂

Given the number of producers we work with today in nearly every oil & gas producing basin across the US, when it comes to tracking your production and maintaining tabs on your folks in the field there’s not much we DON’T do.

And, if we don’t do whatever you’re after already, there’s a good chance we can knock it out in short order 👔

In summary, if you’re not letting GreaseBook run your daily ops, you’re working too hard. ⏳💸

If you’d like to streamline your communication with the field to achieve your most profitable, operationally efficient oil & gas production company, then get started by filling out a questionnaire here: www.greasebook.com/invite

Each month, Greasebook is pushing new updates to the platform. That said, here is a quarterly round-up of some of the more notable features that were pushed to the app Q3 2021 – without further adieu, let’s dive in! 🏊‍♀️

 

GPS Well Locations & Performance

Want to take a look at where all your Batteries and Wellheads are located and overall performance of these assets? Now you can with our improved mapping features and Performance Dashboard! 🗺📊

The new feature within GreaseBook allows you to set locations within the Pumper app or at the Executive site – courtesy of WellDatabase.com. Executives can use this feature to link GPS location, API numbers and other public data while Pumpers can use this information plot the quickest route from current location to the Battery, Well or Injection Well all from within the app. 📲

From the Well Performance Dashboard within the Executive site you can view wellhead locations, download monthly production numbers, step into the Battery without having to change pages, and even take a look at performance metrics 😲📊

Now you can stay plugged into daily operations without having to reference multiple reports.🔌

 

Optimized Custom Reporting

How many reports must you view each day? How many must your company compile and send out? 🤔

Do you ever find your production data corrupted or simply not have the time to update everything?🎇📈

If you can’t find what you need from our stock reports, GreaseBook’s optimized Custom Reports builder allows your to build, save and run reports with ease – and even set up reports that send out automatically to specific stake holders on a set schedule📆➡️💌

That said, it’s time to leave those spreadsheet jockey days behind and double down on more PROFIT DRIVING activities 📑🏇🏻🚫

Some new features include:

– A Show Only Totals button to consolidate monthly allocation

– Ability to show Custom & Logic Variables on reports

– Smoother and more efficient report creation

 

 

 

 

Impactful Modifications

Some updates that you might not have noticed because they’re so slick you just started using them without a second thought include Downtime modifications, Express Mode for LACT measurements, and Battery Search. ✨

Previously, downtime could only be entered as days. Our newest update allows you to enter well downtime in either hours or days!

Express Mode on LACT measurements allows you to average out daily measurements over the set span of time.

 

Looking for a Battery in the Pumper app or on the Executive site and don’t want to scroll through a list of several hundred Leases? Now you can search and find what you’re looking for in a few keystrokes. ⌨

Above your Battery list is a search bar, simply type in what Battery you’re looking for and your list will show all related Leases. That easy! 🔍

 

Enhanced User Permissions

As part of our initiative to increase user experience, we’ve optimized user permissions! We’ve streamlined our system so each user should be able to log into the GreaseBook Pumper app with their own username and password – this includes EXECUTIVE usernames.👔

We’ve also established a Dual Authentication system that verifies the name and phone number of each user when logging into the app. Dual Authentication when logging in ensures your data, and the information you store, is safe on your device and not shared with others. Getting rid of shared ‘route’ logins means now you don’t have to try and figure out who shut-in a well or why your data isn’t saving correctly. 🔐

User Access and Help Features

Want to take a deeper look at some of the new features or have a question on something you’re not familiar with? GreaseBook makes finding answers or getting ahold of someone from our Operator Success Team (Petroleum Engineer, Geologist, or a Completions Expert) even easier.

From the username dropdown at the top of the Executive site or the Help button within the Pumper App, you can access our Team for questions or our Help Articles to learn on your own!

Quick fast and simple so you can get back to doing what you do best which is producing that thick, black, gushy stuff!🛢📈💰

Recap

The GreaseBook is the fastest growing app in the oil patch today. And, to keep up we push out new updates every week. Not sure if we can handle something in your ops? Ask us! 👋🙂

Given the number of producers we work with today (336+) in nearly every oil & gas producing basin across the US, when it comes to tracking your production and keeping tabs on your folks in the field there ain’t much we DON’T do.

And, if we don’t do whatever you’re after already, there’s a good chance we can knock it out in short order 👔

In summary, if you’re not letting GreaseBook run your daily ops, you’re working too hard. ⏳💸

If you’d like to streamline your communication with the field to achieve your most profitable, operationally efficient oil & gas production company, then get started by filling out a questionnaire here: www.greasebook.com/invite

“How did I get here?”

I stood onstage at the Hard Rock in downtown Houston, in front of an auditorium full of top executives from the Largest oil & gas producers in the World. . .

You name it: Shell, Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobile – they were all in attendance.

It was May 23, 2014, and the price of oil was hovering around $30 bbl.

Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” came over the loudspeaker – the lights were so bright I could barely make out the faces past the first few rows. . .

Then, the music stopped.

You could’ve heard a pin drop – that was my queue 😅

While forcing an outward smile, I said to myself, “OK, Greg, it’s Showtime…”

But the funny part was I wasn’t nervous. . . I was ANGRY.

Angry because the Largest oil and gas operators played by a different set of rules than the small independents I grew up around…

Angry because unlike the independents I knew, they worshiped at the altar of Wall Street.

Angry because unlike the independents I knew who chose profit, they chased ‘proven reserves’.

Angry because these Mega oil & gas operators were overstaffed, over-leveraged, and (long) overdue for a shake-up while the folks I knew were sometimes just ‘getting by’.

You see, these execs of the largest 1% of oil & gas operators were too far removed from the field. They didn’t know what it was like to be on the front line. They didn’t know what it was like to sign a check backed by their own money.

Where was the ingenuity this industry prided itself on?

Where was the leadership among these Large operators?

On this day, standing in front of hundreds of Oil Execs, I was about to present something so obvious, so simple, I couldn’t believe they hadn’t thought of it themselves. . .

After years of having the unique opportunity to work with the owners and executive teams of HUNDREDS of Oil & Gas operators through my family’s business, I knew there were several mission critical activities in oil & gas production that had failed to be re-examined for more than 50 years…

And, I was here to solve what I believed to be the most broken of them all: communication between the office and the front line.

On that stage, not only was I fighting for new methodology, new ideas, human reason, and logic – I was fighting for the independent operator.

And the best part?

At the time, we had no idea Greasebook would soon become the fastest growing app in the oil patch🛢📲📈🚀

The anger subsided, I was simply a messenger from the field… the lights went on, I cleared my throat, it was “Show Time”:

That said, we want to be very clear about something:

While large independents and super majors have entrenched themselves in advanced analytics software, data repositories, and massive IT departments to oversee it all, the solution to LEAP FROG the largest most sophisticated operator has already piggybacked its way into the smaller companies….

In fact, it’s already made its way inside YOUR COMPANY!!!

How so? In the pockets and purses of the coworkers and colleagues who work there.

In fact, the independent operators willing to head the call of mobile are now finding themselves the envy of their larger, more “sophisticated” brethren!

How so? Because many of the largest operators can’t get out of their own way and take advantage of this stuff. 😉

So, what this really means for you is that the gap between the large operator’s ability to cost effectively manage that legacy production and the ability for you to do so just got even WIDER – that is, if you’re willing to adopt these simple mobile workflows, of course.

Technology is not the enemy. In fact, I’m going to go as far to tell you that technology is the defense mechanism that will keep your doors open the next time oil drops below $20bbl.

Mobile is the new vehicle. Mobile workflows are the simple, light-weight, cost-effective CATALYST the oilman requires to achieve his most profitable, capital efficient operation.

The cost of not hitching your wagon to mobile in your oil & gas operations will come in many forms…

It will come in the form of not making the best decisions due to limited information. And, it will come in the form of NOT being able to weather the next downturn because you’re not running your most operationally efficient, effective operation.

And mind you, GreaseBook is the ONLY company in the patch solving this particular problem for the small & mid-sized oil & gas operator today.

If you are a small or midsize operator and you want to lower your overhead and create your most profitable, capital efficient operations, then click the link (here), fill out the quick questionnaire, and book a call 📆📲

Respectfully,

Greg Archbald

Investor, Perpetual Student of the Oilfield, Founder of Greasebook

Each month, Greasebook is pushing new updates to the platform. That said, here is a Quarterly round-up of some of the more notable features that were pushed to the app Q2 2021 – without further adieu, let’s dive in! 🏊‍♀️

Welcome to Greasebook

Whether you’re a long-time user or new to Greasebook, you might have noticed an updated Welcome screen when you log into the Pumper app. Click Next to walk run through the on-boarding list and you can add account information and even review new updates. 🆕🏠📱

 

Reorder, Show & Hide

We’ve added a few new features to help make the most of your Pumper’s workspace. Pumpers can now re-order the default fields and custom variable at the MCF & Battery Equipment and Well levels when adding measurements. This helps Pumpers customize their individual workflow! 👷‍♀️

Pumpers also have the ability to show or hide default fields and custom variables at the Well Level. We understand there may be times when you don’t need all of the default fields that show when entering a Well measurement, so we’ve created show/hide options for these situations. You can hide all the default fields to only show custom variables or vice versa. 🐇🎩🧙‍♂️

Gas Volume Calculation Updates

In addition to the Gas Flow Calculator released in the last update, we’ve added a new feature tracking ‘minutes’ to complement hours flowing! Now you can make the most of your Gas Calculations. ♒

Take a look for yourself! 🥽

 

Precision in Gauge Measurements

Greasebook has always been accurate, but now we’re pinpointing precision. 🎯🎯🎯

For some of our operators with 1000 tanks, our gauging features now support down to 1/16 in. increments.

And, for Operators who gauge in inches only (NOT feet and inches), we’ve got your back! 🎒 No more converting from feet back to inches, you can put in gauges exactly as you record them in the field.

Greasebook customizations and continual updates means you can make the most of your system, reflecting precisely what you see in the field.🛢 🌾

 

New Comments Style

Along with a new Welcome Screen we’ve also updated our Comments & Well History Screen. 💬

Newest comments as well as a preview snapshot of any included image show at the top of the list. So if you’re just hear to read the comments, you don’t have to go far.🍿

Looking for a comment? We’ve implemented a full Comment Search to find exactly what you’re looking for. 🔍

Comments can be entered at the bottom of the screen with just a tap, including the ability to add a photo or upload one from your phone.

Have too much to say and not enough fingers to type? Tap the microphone button to enter a voice to text memo! 🎤

 

Recap

The Greasebook is the fastest growing app in the oil patch today. And, to keep up we push out new updates every week.

Not sure if we can handle something in your ops? Ask us! 👋🙂

Given the number of producers we work with today in nearly every oil & gas producing basin across the US, when it comes to tracking your production and maintaining tabs on your folks in the field there’s not much we DON’T do.

And, if we don’t do whatever you’re after already, there’s a good chance we can knock it out in short order 👔

In summary, if you’re not letting Greasebook run your daily ops, you’re working too hard. ⏳💸

If you’d like to streamline your communication with the field to achieve your most profitable, operationally efficient oil & gas production company, then get started by filling out a questionnaire here: www.greasebook.com/invite

Each month, Greasebook is pushing new updates to the platform. That said, here is a quarterly round-up of some of the more notable features that were pushed to the app Q1 2021 – without further adieu, let’s dive in! 🏊‍♀️

PHDWin Integration

Engineers should be focused on things like oil & gas production – NOT gathering, massaging, and wrangling of oil and gas production data. Now, with our new PHDWin integration, you’re able to run Economics and Decline Curve Analysis to your heart’s content! 🤓📉🛢

Simply load up your Engineering / PHDWin Case Numbers to the Greasebook and export all that good, clean, quality controlled production data straight from your pumpers in the field. Who says gathering production data from our pumpers can’t be fun?!

Special shout out to Luke Miller @ Miller Energy Company (Traverse City, MI📍) not only for the request but also the feedback in helping us iron everything out! 🤝

Well History File Repository

Where do you keep all your most important documents regarding your production assets?

Now, with the Greasebook you can complement all that juicy production data🍊with the following:

  • Lease Drilling Records 📑
  • Pumping Unit Information 🗂
  • Wellhead Records 📂
  • Casing Records 🗄
  • Tubing and Packer Information 📄
  • Packers and Holddowns 🗃
  • Pulling Tension on the Tubing String 📑
  • Sucker Rods, Pump Design, and Service Records 📂

And the best part? Not only will you and your team have a centralized place to access these files no matter where you’re at, but your field crew will have access to them, t00 – right on their smartphone!📲

Texas Railroad Commission PR Report Auto-Filer

Who likes filing their monthly RRC PR reports, raise your hand!🙋🏻‍♀️

Go ahead, don’t be shy now, raise’em up. . . .

. . . . anyone?? 🦗  🦗  🦗

If you loathe filing monthly RRC reports as much as other operators do, you’re not alone.💀

Thankfully, Greasebook now automates this process for you. 🎈

After adding some basic info to the Greasebook regarding your Texas leases (Operator Number, Lease Names, Oil Lease Number / Gas IDs, Field Names and the like), each month you’ll be prompted to add your Oil Sales.

And, once you’ve reviewed your production totals, made the necessary adjustments, and now everything shakes out, you’re ready to file!

Simply click ‘Run’ and let’er rip🔥 – our RRC PR form filer tool will now run and download an EDI file (or PDF) from which you can file online!

A shout out to the Texas Railroad Commission as well as Matt Brasher and Team @ Courson Oil & Gas (Perryton, TX📍) for helping us work through this – our hats off to you!! 🙌

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Gas Volume Calculations

Often times, our gas production at a particular is so low it doesn’t warrant the purchase of an Electronic Flow Meter (EFM).

Fortunately, the GreaseBook now calculates these gas volumes for us! 🙀

Given a paper chart recorder’s:

  • Differential
  • Static
  • Temperature (sometimes)
  • Hours Flowing (over previous 24 hrs) – in hours and minutes!

And, a set of Constants:

  • Meter Tube Size
  • Orifice Size
  • Specific Gravity
  • Tap Type (Flange or Pipe)

The GreaseBook now calculates total Gas Volumes at any point that doesn’t have an EFM.

Included below is a few short clips showing the calculator in action 🎥

Side note: Thank you to Ken Edwards, Ph.D. P.E. @ LMNO Engineering (Athens, OH📍) for helping us mind our P’s and Q’s with these gas calculations (they can get complex in a hurry!)😅

Support for NGL Bullet Tanks

To manage our Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) production💧, ‘Bullet’ or NGL tanks are tank elements that can now be added to the Battery level in the Greasebook.

The production volume of these tanks is accounted for as percentage of the tank filled, and this percentage is ultimately translated into total gallons produced.

As well as with other types of tanks, new measurements and run tickets can be added to each Bullet tank, too.📊

More Robust Allocation Engine

In some fields, there can be a lot of complexity around the allocation of our oil, gas, and water production.🤦🏻‍♂️

That said, we’ve added even more flexibility around how you allocate, process, and ultimately measure your production.

For example, what if you’d like to send Gas produced from a set of Wells to Collection Point A while sending the Water produced from that same of Wells to Injection Point B?🤔

The Greasebook now enables you to immediately track back the water production to each well so you know how much to allocate (and ultimately charge) each WI owner.💦💵

We’ll spare you the details (and keep from putting you to sleep), but just know that when it comes to complicated allocations: when the goin’ gets tough, the Greasebook gets goin’. 💪🏼🤓

Recap

The Greasebook is the fastest growing app in the oil patch today. And, to keep up we push out new updates every week. Not sure if we can handle something in your ops? Ask us! 👋🙂

Given the number of producers we work with today in nearly every oil & gas producing basin across the US, when it comes to tracking your production and maintaining tabs on your folks in the field there’s not much we DON’T do.

And, if we don’t do whatever you’re after already, there’s a good chance we can knock it out in short order 👔

In summary, if you’re not letting Greasebook run your daily ops, you’re working too hard. ⏳💸

If you’d like to streamline your communication with the field to achieve your most profitable, operationally efficient oil & gas production company, then get started by filling out a questionnaire here: www.greasebook.com/invite

July 4th, 1906 – Louisiana Conservation Act Enacted

As Louisiana joined many oil and gas producing states, a new law was passed to help reduce waste and to protect natural gas fields. This law enforced penalties for damaging pipelines, failing to cap wells and wasting natural gas by burning it.

The idea for the new measures came following issues that plagued the Indiana Gas Boom. As the Hoosier State and other states ran into issues when producing natural gas, states such as Louisiana wanted to be proactive when it came to their own industries.

July 6th, 1988 – North Sea Explosion Brings Tragedy and Fatalities

The most fatal offshore disaster in the oil industry took place in the North Sea. A fire and explosion on Occidental Petroleum’s Piper Alpha production platform ultimately killed 167 people.

The Piper Alpha, created to produce oil, was receiving gas from other platforms. It would then export gas to a compression platform. A safety consultant noted that the explosion happened because of a misunderstanding that resulted in a gas condensate pump’s safety valve being removed.

Following this tragedy, new changes were made to the safety guidelines on offshore rigs. These included new platform designs, operation engineering, safety procedures and evacuation technologies.  It was an innovative effort and included more than 106 recommendations were made and accepted by the industry.

July 7th, 1947 – Sid Richardson Launches Foundation to Help Texas Schools and Hospitals

A foundation to benefit schools and hospitals in Texas was established by an independent producer named Sid W Richardson, a Texas oil tycoon, was one of the richest men in America in the 1940s when he decided to start his own foundation to benefit schools and hospitals throughout the state of Texas. It was estimated that he was worth nearly $800 million dollars at the time.

After struggling for more than 10 years, Richardson started making oil discoveries in 1919. Thanks to a small investment and a friend with insider industry knowledge, Richardson was able to start his very own oil enterprise; ultimately becoming the president of several companies in the Lone Star State.

Richardson also began collecting paintings by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington. Today, the foundation supports this collection, which is still on display at the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth.

July 8th, 1937 – Plans Launched to Begin Explorations in Gulf of Mexico

In 1937, plans to build a pier in the Gulf of Mexico were approved by President Roosevelt’s Secretary of War. The plans would launch the early stages of off-shore oil drilling and exploration in the United States.

Drilling began close to McFaddin Beach in Texas and the Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Texaco) took on the work. The lease was in Galveston County, close to High Island.

Humble Oil constructed the pier and used three drilling rigs in an attempt to locate oil, but all the wells were dry. In 1938, the pier was destroyed by a hurricane. Now, tourists can visit the drilling rig museum and education center, located near the original drill spot on Galveston Island.

July 9th, 1815 – Oil Discovered on West Virginia River Banks

Captain James Wilson accidentally discovered oil in present-day Charleston, West Virginia when he began to drill a salt brine well. Historians note that in 1775 a surveyor, George Washington, noticed the first signs of potential oil fields in the area when he noticed“burning springs” on the Kanawha River.

However, it wasn’t until Captain Wilson’s drilling efforts that the true depth of the oilfield was fully realized.

July 9th, 1883 – Former Oil Executive Publishes the Wizard of Oz

Before writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum started an oil company in Syracuse, New York. This business offered oils, greases, and lubricants and was known throughout the area for “Baum’s Castorine” This product was a popular axle oil.

Frank Baum’s father worked for the company as the chief salesman. The business still operates today. A local Syracuse newspaper covered the opening of the store reporting that Baum’s Castorine was rust-resistant and “smooth enough to make horses laugh.” Of course, after his work of fiction reached its peak popularity, L. Frank Baum abandoned his career in oil for one in literature.

January 23, 1895 – Oil Exchanges Closed By Standard Oil Price Fixing

The downtown commercial historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

Standard Oil had an incredible amount of power in the early years of oil production in the United States, controlling nearly ¾ of the producing and refining potential. This allowed the purchasing agents for Standard Oil to set the price at which they would buy oil from independent producers, rather than the price set by the open market.

Oil exchanges were markets that specialized in trading in oil speculations. However, when petroleum giant Standard Oil began to control the overall price for oil, there was little money to be made by investing in oil prices. Standard Oil’s purchasing headquarters in Oil City, Pennsylvania became the third largest financial exchange in the United States behind the New York and San Francisco Stock Exchanges.

Ultimately, this caused Standard Oil to run a monopoly on the market, as all other oil exchanges ended up shutting down operations.

January 23, 1991 – Iraqi Army Opens Kuwaiti Pipeline Valves, Causing Huge Oil Spill

The oil slick created by the Gulf War oil spill was over 100 miles wide and 5 inches thick.

While there have been several large oil spills in recent years, the largest in the world was back in 1991. This disaster occurred when retreating Iraqi soldiers opened pipeline valves on the Kuwaiti coast in hopes of preventing US Army forces from landing.

The total estimated amount of oil spilled varies depending on the source, but it was anywhere between 6 and 11 million barrels. Most of that oil ended up in the Persian Gulf. During the war, several hundred Kuwaiti oil wells caught fire. It would take months before the last of these fires was eventually put out.

January 24, 1895 – Pure Oil Company Created To Counter Standard Oil

Starting in the late 1920’s, it became common practice for gasoline companies to offer free road maps with the locations of their service stations marked.

In 1895, oil producers, refinery owners and pipeline operators all came together to form the Pure Oil Company. They did this in order to effectively compete with Standard Oil who ran the entire exchange industry at the time.

Standard made a practice of vertical integration, meaning that they controlled as much of their production and transportation as possible. Standard drilled their own wells, owned their own pipelines and refineries, and even made their own barrels. Pure followed their example, becoming the second vertically integrated oil company in the United States.

Pure successfully competed with Standard Oil, selling kerosene in several cities in the eastern United States and breaking their monopoly. Pure Oil would later be bought by Ohio Cities Gas Company, which would adopt the Pure brand.

January 26, 1931 – Size of Huge East Texas Oil Field Revealed

A crowd gathered at the Lathrop No. 1 Well as it neared completion, expecting a gusher similar to the other two that tapped into the East Texas Oil Field.

While the East Texas Oil Field was expected to be quite large, the true size of infamous field was not revealed until the Lathrop No. 1 Well struck oil miles north of two other high producing wells. The wildcat well was the work of Monty Moncrief, an independent operator out of Fort Worth. The Lathrop No. 1 Well produced over 7,000 barrels a day.

The two earlier wells that helped create this trifecta were the Daisy Bradford No. 3 Well that had been completed a few months earlier, and the Lou Della Crim No. 1 that was completed only a few days after Christmas, 1930.

January 28, 1969 – Oil Spill Off the Coast of Santa Barbara, CA

An aerial view of the oil platform and the spill. After the spill was stopped at the surface, the pipe at the seafloor began to leak oil. The bubbling water to the left of the rig is caused by this underwater leak.

An offshore drilling rig ran into a problem while replacing a drill bit causing a devastating spill along the California coastline. The mud used to keep pressure on the well ran low resulting in a blowout that ultimately spilled tens of thousands of barrels of oil. The oil slick spread six miles to the southern California coastline, coating beaches and marine habitats. The spill was controlled after only 12 days, but in that time thousands of birds and marine animals were killed in the process.

The spill ultimately helped to turn public opinion against offshore drilling. It also was part of the motivation for creating the Environmental Protection Agency the following year. Continued study of the oil seeps in that area has led to the discovery that the natural pressure forces tons of oil out into the environment every day. Oil drilling and exploitation has relieved some of that pressure, reducing the amount of oil that comes from the seeps.

January 28, 1991 – Oil Rig In Downtown Elk City Becomes Tourist Attraction

The 17 story tall Parker Rig No. 114 can be seen just off the historic Route 66.

When it was originally constructed in the 1960s, the Parker Rig No. 114 was one of the largest drilling rigs in the world. It was created to drill deep wells to test nuclear bombs. However, the rig was eventually used by Parker Drilling to dig some of the deepest oil wells using conventional drilling methods, reaching as far as 4 miles down.

The rig was used specifically to drill wells into the Anadarko basin, an oil bearing geological formation below Oklahoma and Texas. More recently, it serves to attract tourists to Elk City, Oklahoma.

January 29,  1886 – The Internal Combustion Engine Is Born

Karl Benz’s wife financed the development of the original motor wagon. Technically, that would have given her rights to the patent. However, in 1885 Germany a woman could not apply for a patent.

The Benz Patent Motorwagen, considered to be the first true automobile, revolutionized automobile engines when it utilized gasoline for internal combustion. Developed by Karl Benz, from Mercedes Benz, the engine used a four stroke, single cylinder model, and it was mounted on a three-wheeled chassis. Until that point, automobiles had used steam or electric power.

Karl’s wife, Bertha Benz, financed the car and was the first to drive it over a long distance. While it meant she technically should have owned the patent, women couldn’t own patents in Germany at the time. While Karl ultimately got the rights to the patent, the feat would bring worldwide attention to the German engineer’s invention and the potential for the German auto industry.

January 18, 1919 – Church Refuses Permission To Drill In Cemetery

The East Texas Oil Field is the second largest in the lower 48 states and has produced the most oil since its discovery.

World War I had created a huge demand for oil and gas, and even when the war ended, the demand continued well into the post war-years. Oil wells were being drilled all over North Texas as speculators sought to cash in on the boom.

Oil men tried to buy up the rights to every part of the landscape that might contain petroleum. They even attempted to buy the drilling rights for the Merriman Baptist Church’s cemetery for $100 million. Drilling would require the disinterring and moving of corpses and the congregation voted to turn the offer down. They even put up a sign telling the oil men to ‘Respect the Dead.’

The cemetery, which has never been drilled on, still exists near a modern church building.

January 19, 1922 – Geologists Predict US Oil Fields Running Dry

Low producing, or stripper, wells are designed to continue pumping oil after the reservoir’s pressure has fallen.

In another of a long line of dire predictions, the U.S. Geological Survey prognosticates oil reserves running dry sometime in 1940, causing widespread panic. There have been many projections that claim an end to the oil supply over the years, and this marked one of the biggest panics insinuated by one of these predictions.

However, as oil exploration continued and the true size of petroleum reserves has come to be understood, these “predictions” started holding less weight.

The first of these predictions actually took place in 1879, when the state geologist of Pennsylvania predicted that there was only enough oil to produce kerosene for an additional four  years. Other such predictions include the Model T Scare of 1916, a scare during the Cold War and caused major concern at a time where the US believed they needed oil the most.

January 19, 1965 – Robot For Underwater Construction Patented

Howard Shatto is standing beside his invention, the Mobot.

In 1965, Howard Shatto patented the first remotely operated underwater robot, a remarkable invention that would go on to change offshore drilling efforts forever. Dubbed the ‘mobot’ — for manipulator operated robot — it was described in the patent as an underwater manipulator with suction support device.

Shatto would continue his work on remotely operated robots, becoming a world respected inventor in the field. His work would eventually lead to the modern remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, which are widely used in offshore drilling. Shatto would first work with Shell Oil, helping it to become an early innovator in offshore oil exploration and exploitation.

The earliest remotely operated robots were used on land for working in radioactive areas too dangerous for humans. Shatto’s robot was similarly designed to work in areas too dangerous for people, though in this case it was for use in water too deep for divers.

January 20, 1886 – Natural Gas Well Erupts In Ohio

This plaque, located in Findlay, Ohio, commemorates the discovery of the Great Karg Well.

The pressure at the Great Karg natural gas well in Findlay, Ohio builds to more than the technology of the time can handle. The well erupted with natural gas and the flow was initially over 10 million cubic feet in one day. The gas caught fire, becoming a pillar of flame that burned for four months straight. The flaming well served as a tourist attraction for the area.

The Great Karg well was not the first natural gas well drilled in Ohio, but it was the largest of its kind. It also launched a boom that brought people and businesses to the areas. In particular, the cheap cost of natural gas caused by the boom attracted glass companies. Bottle makers, a light bulb manufacturer, and a tableware glass maker, among others, all eventually opened factories in Findlay.

January 21, 1865 – Oil Well Torpedo Is Demonstrated For The First Time

The torpedo developed by Edward Roberts explodes to force open the cracks in the surrounding rock, fracturing it to improve the flow of oil to the well bore. This was an early form of what has become known as ‘fracking.’

The first ever oil well torpedo was introduced to the world in 1865 when Col. Edward Roberts began his experiments in hopes of improving oil production. This involved using controlled explosions at the bottom of a well, exploding a ‘torpedo,’ or metal casing full of black powder.

This first experiment took place deep in a well in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

The experiment improved the production of the well, going from just a few barrels a day to over 40. The process became known as ‘shooting a well.’ Later, nitroglycerin became a more common explosive due to its effectiveness, despite its instability. Roberts patented the invention, which used an iron tube filled with an explosive. The well was filled with water to prevent the explosion from escaping up the well.

This early form of fracking was used to remove paraffin buildup in the bottom of the well. Earlier methods for dealing with this problem involved pouring dangerous chemicals, such as benzene, into the well to dissolve the buildup.

January 22, 1861 – Kerosene Refined In Pennsylvania For the First Time

This panoramic view of oil boomtown Titusville, Pennsylvania was drawn by Theodore Fowler, who drew similar views of many boomtowns.

A new type of refinery using multiple stills was built in Pennsylvania near the oil boom town of Titusville. The refinery was designed to produce kerosene, used for illumination at that time. It would produce both the purer white kerosene and a less expensive yellow kerosene. The refinery’s efficiency was low compared to modern versions, one barrel of crude producing only 20 gallons of refined kerosene.

William Barnsdall built the refinery to process oil produced from his oil well, the second successful well drilled, after Edwin Drake’s famous first well.

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