December 2018

As I See It

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

Market Intelligence

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

Exploration Technologies

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

Drilling Technologies

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

Completions and Production

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


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

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

Check out the latest activity highlights from around the world.

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

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

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.

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

Shale logistics teams prepare for increased pace in 2019.

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.

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

Last Word

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