E&P Magazine - December 2018

In this month's E&P issue, you will find in-depth coverage featuring the top five unconventional U.S. regions: the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford, Bakken/Niobrara, Midcontinent and Marcellus/Utica. Expert editors and contributors provide the most important facts and figures on the economics, technology trends, logistics, environmental concerns and key player activity.

As I See It

New Year Ahead Brings Adaptation

A little of this mixed with a little of that creates a stronger future.

Market Intelligence

Horizontal History

Horizontal drilling was an overnight success 85 years in the making.

Exploration Technologies

Seismic Data Enable Productive Wells

Despite a general lack of seismic in shale wells, it can have a profound effect on productivity.

Drilling Technologies

The Other Shales

E&P companies are quietly at work proving up the next generation of unconventional plays.

Completions and Production

Industry Looks to Stay Ahead of Environmental Issues

New attitudes and innovations work to combat air and water quality concerns.


Apache’s Raymond Plank Passes Away

‘It’s not about what we get; it’s about how we get it and how we use it,’ Plank once said.

Drilling Becomes Standardized While Completions Get Customized

Rigs are consolidated at the high end while sand shifts back to quality.

Key Players: Maintaining the Stride, Staying Ahead

Each of these 40 companies is one of the largest producers and/or one of the most active operators in a major U.S. shale play.

Oil, Gas Industry Discovers Innovative Solutions To Environmental Concerns

Addressing these issues has become a priority for many operators and service companies as they work to overcome adverse perceptions of their own industry.

Overview: 2019 Outlook Shaped by Evolving Themes

Familiar trends will continue to resonate in the new year as Shale 2.0 becomes another year older.

Production Forecast: 2018 Is A Year For The Record Books

Take a look in the rearview mirror before previewing the year ahead.

Sand, Water Logistics Shift into High Gear

Shale logistics teams prepare for increased pace in 2019.

Technology Rules in the Oil Patch

Know these—viscosity, velocity and proppant size—and you have the advantage. “You have to know the rock and be able to innovate quickly,” Phil Webb, COO of Surge Energy America, told attendees at Hart Energy’s Executive Oil Conference on Nov. 7.

Transformation Continues for Delaware Basin Operator

Dual-basin independent E&P company is ready for 2019.

Activity Highlights

Activity Highlights

Check out the latest activity highlights from around the world.

Last Word

The Importance of Pure Proppant

Quality control processes are key to keeping turbidities and silica exposure low.