Custom pipe tally books are used by people in the oil drilling and gas industries and energy companies. They use them to record data such as pipe size, length, time of day or night that a new pipe was connected. But many other people find them very useful. These are used by trucking companies, news media, survey crews, power companies, contractors, geologists, biologists, botanists, zoologists, maintenance people, mud loggers, railroad workers, and environmentalists.
Here are 6 tips, to help you get the most out of your “pocket buddy”.
Get a tally book with a pen loop attached to it. This keeps your pen where you need it the most.
Get one with a hard cover, or a flexible cover. You can determine what is the best for you.
Determine if you want a sewn-in pad or a wire-o pad. A sewn-in pad is a permanent arrangement. A wire-o pad allows the pages to easily be torn out, but the book lies flat when you are using it.
If you work in a wet environment, get a “stone pad” instead of a “paper pad”. The new Stone Pads will not get soggy when wet. They won’t tear, either. Also use a writing instrument that works well when wet.
Does size matter? Choose between a standard 8″ size, or the 6″ junior.
Just like the Marcellus Shale gas supply, a deeper shale layer promises to provide gas, too. Pennsylvania drillers are cashing in on this new layer, the Utica shale. Marcellus shale is about 7,000 feet below the surface of Pennsylvania. Utica shale is another 2,000 feet below that. The Texas company, Range Resources Corp. has drilled into the Utica layer in SW Pennsylvania, where they have already drilled many wells into the Marcellus layer. Marcellus shale is estimated to contain 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. That’s enough to supply the East Coast for about 50 years. Consol Energy tapped into the Utica formation and has a well that produces 1.5 million cubic feet of gas each day, in Belmont County, Ohio. Gas in both layers is obtained by hydraulic fracturing (fracking). That is the pumping of millions of gallons of water mixed with chemicals and sand. This method cracks open the shale and releases the gas.
From Associated Press, Feb. 23, 2011 as reported in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Feb. 22, quoting Penn State professor, Terry Engelder.
Oil engineers are using hydraulic fracturing to release oil from underground shale. This is the same method that gas well drillers have recently developed. This could yield as much as 2 million barrels of oil a day. That’s more than the output of the entire Gulf of Mexico. EOG Resources was the first company to use horizontal drilling to obtain shale oil. This info was obtained from AP Energy Writer, Jonathan Fahey, Feb. 10, 2011.