November 2020, Vol. 247, No. 11


Bakken Restart: Back to Basics with Idle Wells

By Richard Nemec, Contributing Editor           Since the coronavirus pandemic shut the U.S. economy, oil and natural gas field activity slowed perceptively with idle wells outnumbering new wells being drilled. Prices and production plummeted. In California, state officials in early September said in the first half of 2020 well abandonments were twice the number of new wells.  Among the jobs hit hardest in the industry was that of skilled pipeline welder. In the first half of this year, California’s largest producer, California Resources Corp. (CRC), saw both the number of drilled wells and overall production decrease. An independent

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