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Production, Profits, Prayer: Oilfield Christian Fellowship Offers Industry Workers Faithful Networking

 Oil and Gas industry workers drill, they sell, they produce, and they worship.

Seeking fellowship in the oil industry, two men held a breakfast in 1991 so they could get to know other Christian colleagues. Drilling engineer Jim Teague and salesman John Bird had the right idea. Forty-six men and women attended and so began the Oilfield Christian Fellowship.

Within months of its founding, around 250 were attending a monthly luncheon. Today OCF lunches and dinners are held in Canada, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania. OCF isn’t just about food and fellowship, in 2000 a Bible ministry was launched with the mission to supply oilfield employees with Bibles in the languages of the countries they were sent. So far, more than 120,000 bibles have been carried to 46 countries in 22 languages. Then in 2003 John Bird created a custom oilfield Bible: “God’s Word for the Oil Patch, Fuel for the Soul.” It contains 46 pages of testimonies and commentary from oil field workers.

The scripture: “As iron sharpens Iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 is a fitting motto for the OCF ministries. The various chapters organize and participate in charitable events in all of the areas they occupy.

ANNOUNCING THE UPCOMING OCF HOUSTON PRAYER BREAKFAST HELD DURING OTC ON TUESDAY MAY 6TH, 2014    http://www.oilfieldchristianfellowship.com/news-events

To learn more about the OCF, visit http://www.oilfieldchristianfellowship.com/







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Oregon plant LNG exports approved as U.S. pressured to flex energy muscle

Oil and gas industry - LNG tanker(Adds comments from analyst, lawmaker, background) By Ayesha Rascoe

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) – The Obama administration gave the green light on for exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a plant to be built in Oregon, the second such authorization this year, as pressure intensifies on the White House to use the U.S. energy bounty to respond to the political crisis in Ukraine.

It is unclear whether the approval of exports from Veresen Inc’s Jordan Cove plant, the first LNG-export plant permitted on the U.S. West Coast, was accelerated by political tension related to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

The other LNG project to get the go-ahead on exports this year was approved by the Energy Department nearly six weeks ago. That’s a gap between project approvals that’s largely in line with the average interval of about eight weeks that has prevailed since Washington resumed issuing LNG export permits last summer.

The Jordan Cove approval did come faster than the 12-week interval between approvals of the previous project, Sempra’s Cameron plant in Louisiana, and the one that preceded it.

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West Virginia cracker plant progress trudges along


Progress toward building the ethane cracker plant in West Virginia continues to slowly trudge along, but the project’s operator remains coy on its timeline.

The plant near Parkersburg is still “ very early in the process,” a spokesman for Odebrecht/Braskem, the plant’s operator, told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

A cracker facility would process ethane from the Utica and Marcellus shale gas plays in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and make ethylene, one of the building blocks for petrochemicals and raw materials for many daily items, including plastics. The Midwest doesn’t have any cracker plants, leading companies who drill in the area to  ship the gas back to the Gulf Coast, where petrochemical and cracker plants have long existed.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/ohio-energy-inc/2014/03/west-virginia-cracker-plant-progress-trudges-along.html

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Why This Is the Next Giant Shale Play

TEXASBy Matt Badiali, editor, S&A Resource Report

It’s about to become the next giant shale play…
Previously, I explained how a virtually unknown company was about to shock the energy world.
As I said, this company is about to reveal secret geological data that will kick off a “land rush” in West Texas this summer. And it’s going to send the share prices of some small oil stocks much, much higher in the coming years…
Today, I’m going to share more about this region and why its oil-producing potential is so large…
If you look out an airplane window above the Midland airport in West Texas, you can see one of the most prolific oil shales in the world, the Midland Basin.
It lies at the heart of the giant Permian Basin. As you can see in the photo below, the Midland landscape is a checkerboard of light squares on a darker brown background. Each light square is an oil well connected by a road.
Read more: http://www.dailywealth.com/2693/why-this-is-the-next-giant-shale-play
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Ohio expects 19,000 Utica wells in next 19 years, report says

ohio1-300x171By Bob Downing

Ohio is projecting that more than 19,000 new Utica shale wells for natural gas and liquids will be drilled in eastern Ohio in the next 19 years.

That’s how many wells would fit on the 3 million acres in eastern Ohio without any Utica shale wells at the moment, said Ohio state geologist Mike McCormac in his not-yet-released report.

That assessment is the most-recent analysis showing that the Utica shale is likely to have long-term economic impacts for Ohio.

Said McCormac: “So again, that could be 19 years; that could be 25 years; that could be 15, 16 years. It’s hard to say right now. What we’re trying to do here is just show the potential for a lot of activity exists. It’s not going to be like a two- or three-year thing….And I think this demonstrates more of the long haul.”

He said developing such projections is important so the ODNR can maintain needed staffing to oversee the Utica drilling.

McCormac’s 19-year estimate looks only at land available for drilling in the 11 core Utica counties, he said.

The 19,000 well total will likely be fewer, he said. His estimate is based on 160-acre tracts and drillers are likely to assemble bigger parcels, he said.

The estimate surfaced in a Feb. 11 presentation to the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission, an advisory panel. Part-timer McCormac, now out of the country, presented a sneak peak to the panel of his much-awaited annual Ohio drilling report.

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