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What is "Fishing?" SRS Crisafulli Studies Oil and Gas

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 @ 08:04 AM

By Elizabeth Kaiser, SRS Crisafulli Marketing Manager

Residents of Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota are fortunate to have access to many natural resources. 

Paddlefishing Montana
Paddlefishing on the Yellowstone River with SRS Crisafulli employees

Outdoor recreation is a popular past time here, with fishing at the top of the list.   Ask many residents here what kind of fish have they caught or what tool(s) they used to catch their trophy and their answers will become enthusiastic tales of "Well, there was that time when..."

There is another natural resource here that is quickly forming the base of a booming industry - oil, and if you pose the same fishing questions to members of that industry you will receive completely different answers.  'Fishing' in the oil and gas industry is a necessary activity, requiring specialized fishing tools and trained tool operators.

What does 'fishing' mean in the oil and gas industry?  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) defines fishing as:  the procedure of recovering lost or stuck equipment in the wellbore.  Lost or stuck equipment can be anything from a piece of scrap metal to a part of the drill stem, and must be recovered before work can proceed.

Because the type of 'fish' varies so much likewise the fishing-tool varies greatly as well.  For example cutters (tools used to separate portions of the 'fish') might be knives, chemicals or explosives.  The many types of fishing tools also include:

Fishing Tools Brochure Cover 2010 resized 600
Download National Oilwell Varco
Fishing
Tool brochure

 

  • overshot with junk basket
  • magnets
  • spear
  • taper tap

To see more fishing tools, National Oilwell Varco has published an extensive list of their various fishing tools.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about oil and gas regulation in North Dakota, North Dakota Oil and Gas Division, and in Montana, DNRC Montana Board of Oil and Gas .

Learn more about Crisafulli's FLUMP dredge for industrial applications.

Topics: srs crisafulli, Montana, Oil Production, Industrial Mining

One Thing Leads to Another, by SRS Crisafulli's Laura Fleming

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 08:03 AM

By Laura M. Fleming, SRS Crisafulli CFO and President

The Billings Gazette article by Jan Falstad about SRS Crisafulli, Inc. “Pumping Up Profits” ran last Sunday.  Promptly, I received an email from Russ Fletcher of MATR – Montana Associated Technology Roundtables.  By end of day, after a series a questions, Russ invited me to attend the Montana Ambassadors program in Billings at end of week.

Montana Ambassadors

The Montana Ambassadors program was delightful.  Fun.  Real.  They honored an Educator, an Entreprenuer, and a Business:  MSU President Waded Cruzado, Sarah Calhoun of Red Ants Pants, and Stillwater Mining’s Frank McAllister.  Waded spoke about the constructive impact of the Land Grant University legislatation - the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890;  Sarah told very funny stories about her product development and launch;  and Frank handed out palladium jewelry to all the ladies in the room.

Harolg G. Hamm

Harold G Hamm,
Chairman and CEO
Continental Resources

We were also asked to Imagine the Possible by Governor Brian Schweitzer and Keynote Speaker Harold Hamm, founder of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, and CEO of Continental Resources, the largest leaseholder and driller in the Bakken Shale – which sits northeast of our rural community of Glendive.  Governor Schweitzer remarked that as governor, he has attended 30 funerals of Montana service men and women lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.   Domestic energy production will enable us to conserve and protect our treasures.  Governor Schweitzer also called out, “its engineers that will change the world.”

As part of the Ambassadors program, there was an energy panel, which included Scott Farris of TransCanada.  I was able to ask Scott a question regarding the proposed Baker onramp and the Bakken Oilfield production, which is currently going to market by road and rail.  The Keystone pipeline will have a total capacity of 850,000 barrels/day.  The onramp in Baker – which is 72 miles south of Glendive - will support 100,000 barrels/day from the Bakken fields, delivering the product at half the cost of rail.  Further, the Keystone Pipeline will sequester the Bakken production in batches, a detail which I was curious about.

Energy efficiency, getting resources to the right places at the lowest cost, optimizing flows, as pump people, these are the kinds of issues we at SRS Crisafulli think about.

More...

MSU President Waded Cruzado Honored by Montana Ambassadors as Educator of the Year   

SRS Crisafulli set sights on international markets - Billings Gazette

Montana Ambassadors 

Continental Resources

Domestic Energy Producers Alliance 

Governor’s Office press release about Baker onramp

Topics: crisafulli, srs crisafulli, Montana, mining, Glendive, Oil Production, Bakken Oilfield, pump people