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#066 Oil and Gas This Week Podcast | Fort McMurray Fires – Aid Your Oilfield Family
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James: I’m James Hahn II.
Mark: And I’m Mark LaCour.
James: You’re listening to the Oil and Gas This Week Podcast, Brought To You By Red Wing. This is the show for busy oil pros who want to quickly keep their finger on the pulse of the industry. Episode 66. We got a lot of sixes going on, Mark. We’ve published six shows in the last six days. I hope everyone can keep up out there.
Mark: Hats off to James. Actually we didn’t publish six. James published six shows.
James: Thank you for that. Those .5 episodes, they take a while, as in full days to produce. I’m really happy with the quality that we’re getting out of them these days. Speaking of quality, we’re getting some pretty quality search rankings. Have you seen the update, Mark?
Mark: I absolutely have. We’re starting to dominate the charts, aren’t we?
James: We are dominating the charts. If anybody is new to the show, you know the show is Oil and Gas This Week but — what was it, Episode 40 — between 40 and 45 I gave you a call, Mark, and explained why we are going to change the name of the show.
Mark: It makes perfect sense once you understand search engine rankings. The term that you’re trying to capture, James taught me, is that you put that term as close to the beginning of the title, and it increases your search engine ranking. So that’s why we changed the name of the show.
James: Right. I just broke that down to Mark. I said, “Listen. I just found this out. Seventy people a month search for oil and gas podcast. If we flip it and we put oil and gas this week at the front we’ll capture those 70 people eventually, and we’ll also get higher in the search ranking.” It instantly gave us a jump in iTunes. Over time your reviews are what have pushed us up because pretty quickly we got on the first page of Google but we’re stuck at the bottom for months, Mark, for months. I just checked it and checked it, then boom, a couple of days ago here we are, number three. So when Mark tells you about the reviews, it absolutely helps. We’ll get into that more toward the end of the show.
We have some — I don’t want to say it’s a heavy topic to talk about today but we’re not going to do the traditional show where we go through several different topics from around the world. We’re going to focus on one particular area. That particular area is Alberta, specifically Fort McMurray, because the wildfires up there have decimated an entire town of very hard working, wonderful brothers and sisters in oilfield up there. I don’t know if you know anybody out there, Mark, but I know that we have one listener who reached out to us on this.
Mark: I know several people out there. The story of one of our listeners did is pretty heroic stuff.
James: It is pretty heroic stuff. You want to fill them in?
Mark: Big shout out to Cody. Cody wrote in to us. He won the Red Wing bag. He goes, “You know what. So many people are suffering out here.” I want to see if we can auction this bag off, and we will take that money and then we’ll go in this instance to the Canadian Red Cross to help all the people that have been displaced and have lost homes and belongings in this big fire in Fort McMurray.”
That’s what being a real human is about, when you care enough to take something that you won that is coveted by a lot of people, and you want to auction off to help humanity. Cody, hats off to you for doing the right thing. We love the fact that you reached out to us and brought this up.
James: Yeah. This show is all about Fort McMurray and rallying around our brothers and sisters in the oilfield up there. Triberocket.com/twsupport will take you directly to the page where you can donate to the Canadian Red Cross for the Alberta fires emergency fund specifically. So that’s triberocket.com/twsupport. Mark and I are going to throw in $50 each to get the pot going. When you go there you can click organization. Whether or not you do, just help. But if you click organization and type in OGTW we’ll be able to track and know exactly how much we were able to help which would be really great. Either way, we really want to take this time to help our brothers and sisters because it’s a serious situation up there. Let’s get into it, Mark.
Mark: Come on, people. We’re a family here. Every one of you in the podcast, we’re the oil and gas family. So we have people that need our help, $10, $5, $2, whatever you can contribute, go do it. It’s the right thing to do. We appreciate you helping us help our brothers and sisters up in Fort McMurray.
James: Absolutely. Again, that’s triberocket.com/twsupport, and that takes you straight to the Alberta fires emergency Red Cross. Like Mark said, $5, $10, whatever you can give.
All right. Like I said, it’s had a huge impact. So we’re going to start off by talking about the impact it’s had on the business, and then we’ll talk through exactly how this thing spread. Fort McMurray Fire’s Economic Impact: $1 Billion In Oil sands Production Lost.
Mark: Isn’t that a crazy number in that short amount of time, over $1 billion of production have been lost.
James: It’s basically been three weeks.
Mark: If you look at what that number represents in Alberta’s gross domestic product, that’s about .33% of their GDP. It’s not 1% but in a couple of days you wiped out almost half of one percent of their GDP. I mean that’s crazy. What happened is 12 oil sand operations were shut down and several more had to cut production because of the fires, because of not just the threat of fires itself but when they had to evacuate people then you had people that can’t go to work. They didn’t have enough personnel to keep production up in some cases. This is going to affect Canada’s economy in a negative way. It was that large a deal, over $1 billion lost production.
James: Over $1 billion in lost production. It says that rebuilding efforts are going to advantage $1.3 billion in real GDP.
Mark: For a little while. What you have to understand in this type of cycle is that the rebuild moneys would come from insurance companies. The insurance companies, if they’re based in Canada, are going to take a loss. So it’s not free money. The money will come in, the economy will take a bump up from the construction and the money, but then the economy is going to be dragged back down with equal amount because insurance companies have to pay for that. That’s a little error there just because whoever wrote this article didn’t think all the way through, but everything else in here is factual.
James: That’s a really good point. That would be a great demonstration of the broken window fallacy being that if you just break a window then we can rebuild the economy. If we just destroyed everything, we got to rebuild the economy. You can look at the visuals that are in that particular article. It’s stunning. And then we have another one from The Guardian. Fort McMurray wildfire cuts Canada’s oil output by a third.
Mark: The CEO of Suncor, which is the biggest holder, their biggest operator, it’s also Canada’s largest oil company, said about 1 million barrels a day went when offline. Now, some are starting to come back but when you have 1 million barrels a day go offline, that’s amazing amount of loss reduction.
James: Let me stop you there. How much is a barrel of oil right now?
Mark: We’re almost at $50.
James: $50 million a day.
Mark: Yeah. That’s big bucks. Now Fort McMurray was evacuated. A lot of people weren’t able to go to work. Fort McMurray also has taken damage and so are some of the oil and gas operating fields. It’s a mix of lack of labor because people have been evacuated and the actual damage by the fire. It cut their oil output by a third.
James: Officials have said 85% to 90% of Fort McMurray remains intact including the downtown district. About 2,400 homes and buildings were destroyed but officials said firefighters saved 25,000 other in the city. This is catastrophic. Let’s move from there into the timeline of how this unfolded because like I said, it’s only been a few weeks. So we have from the Sun the Timeline: Fort McMurray wildfire – A small fire turns into The Beast. Walk us through this timeline.
Mark: This is a great article, James. This is a great find. They literally talk you through every couple of hours, from the beginning, 4: 00 PM on Sunday, May 1st when the wildfire was first discovered, step by step on who was deployed, what emergency measures were activated, how quickly the fire grew. I’m not to go through it piece by piece. If you want to understand what happened, you need to read this article because this very well done, very short read. It starts on a Sunday and then by Thursday it’s spread to this huge, huge fire. By Thursday it’s over 85,000 hectares of fire. Eighty-five thousand hectares is about 59,000 acres.
Mark: To put it in some type of perspective. You get down to Tuesday, the oil executives are meeting to start bringing stuff offline, making sure their people are safe. Wednesday, May 11th, Canada’s government opened up in combination with the Red Cross emergency funding so that people can actually go in and get some money so they could buy groceries and stuff so they could feed their selves and their kids. It got so bad that by Thursday there are air quality issues. Advisories were issued for both Abington and St. Albert because by this time the smoke actually got to the point where it’s dangerous.
James: It’s smoke from 241,000 hectare fire. So that’s how big it got by the end.
Mark: Yeah. I did the math. That’s almost 60 million acres.
James: Really? Wow!
Mark: This is an enormous, enormous fire.
James: Wow! You hearts go out. Right now the fire has been contained. There’s been some good news on that front. Where the Fort McMurray wildfire is now and why it will take months to extinguish.
Mark: They have enough people and enough equipment that they have this thing controlled. It’s not put out. It’s controlled. People probably have heard of smokejumpers, the guys that jump out of airplanes with the equipment. They get behind the fire. What they do is they basically cut firebreaks. So they burn firebreaks so the fire can’t spread. You move everything that’s burnable in a strip, and you try to make that strip a circle around the fire. Now the fire is contained and it can’t get out. And then it’s boots on the ground, piece by piece, tree by tree, bush by bush putting it out. So it’s going to take months to actually get this thing out but it’s controlled now which is the most importantly thing.
James: Up to 2040 square kilometers. It’s just, again, a massive amount of stuff. Let’s talk again about that smoke. Smoke clears over Fort McMurray wildfire and it’s bigger than previously thought.
Mark: They’re back to pegging this wildfire at 522,000 hectares. That’s about 129 million acres. I mean it’s huge. When you have that much stuff burning and the weather conditions were really bad, so it was hot, it was dry, it was windy, you have the smoke, and then the smoke actually becomes toxic or dangerous. There’s nothing you can do about the smoke trying to pull it out of the air. You just have to let it dissipate. A lot of the areas out there where people could go back to work, there are still environmental warnings out there so they’re not going back to work. Now, by Saturday the evacuation orders were lifted so people can start filling back in including some of the oil sands camps. It looks like the residents in Fort McMurray won’t be able to return until June 1st.
James: Got it. They’re also getting help internationally. It says more than 1,000 firefighters from around the world are on their way to Alberta.
Mark: Including a whole bunch from the US. There are times when we have wildfires, and our Canadian brothers and sisters come and help us put it out. This time we’re going to help them.
James: More than 1,000 from Canada, US, South Africa and other countries will soon join the roughly — so there are already 1,200 people fighting this. They need another 1,000.
Mark: That’s not counting all the helicopters moving people around, all the air water tankers that are picking up water and dropping it on fire, the ones that are dropping foam. There are a lot of equipments going on. You can see tons of bulldozers coming there. Like I said, it’s controlled which is most important part, and now it’s just a matter of work piece by piece to get it put out.
James: We’re going to get into the reentry here. One of the pieces in this article that stands out to me is that they actually have to rehearse for a reentry.
Mark: It’s that big a natural disaster.
James: What does that mean, to rehearse for a reentry into a disaster zone? I know you’ve been in a couple of them.
Mark: What happens is if you just let people reenter, it’s chaos, so you have to stage it. You only let X number through at a time. Think of things like water. They note boil water. Even though the water plant was not damaging the boil water warning, which means that everybody has to boil their drinking water because they’re not quite sure if it’s contaminated or not. If you let everybody come in at once it would be chaos, it’d be uncontrollable chaos. You basically practice this and then you stage it so that instead of it being firehose of people coming in, it’s a trickle of people coming in so you can keep control.
James: Also it said that there was some weekend rain that skipped the northern flames. Let’s move on to the next one. Fort McMurray announces re-entry schedule, evacuation lifted on some oil sands camps.
Mark: The ones that are safe, they’re lifting the evacuation orders so that people can return to work. It’s going to several days, probably four or five days before the complete reentry is done. Once again, they’re worried about people’s safety. Bit by bit, piece by piece they’re going to let people in. They’re going to watch. They’re going to make sure they maintain control over the fire. Once again, the weather is not helping. What they desperately need is the winds died out and for rain. Like we said a minute ago the rain skipped this area. It rained all around it. If they can get some rain it’ll help them get this done quicker. Like oil and gas said, evacuation orders are being lifted piece at a time to make sure they can maintain control.
James: If you want to see the map of the zones and so forth, you can check out the link in the show notes and how exactly they’re going to be doing this. Did you have something to add on that?
Mark: No. I’m just saying that now the weather, it looks like today because I just checked the weather, is actually helping this cool off. Now, if we can just get a little bit of rain up there it would make a big difference, it also clean the air up too.
James: My dad lives in Spokane, Washington so I’m familiar with the smoke in wildfire season and so forth. Re-entry day: What Fort McMurray will look like on June 1st.
Mark: Like James said, I’ve unfortunately been involved in several large natural disasters, none of which I caused.
James: I was going to say involved. You are first responder. You didn’t cause any of them.
Mark: Imagine your house, James, sitting for a week with no electricity. All your food would be rotten in the refrigerator. You probably have mold growing in because you haven’t run your air conditioner. Now imagine that you have to reenter your house and you can’t drink the water. Coming back to Fort McMurray, it’s not going to be like they left it. It’s a natural disaster site. People have to understand how you deal with that.
Here in the Gulf Coast a lot of people unfortunately deal with hurricanes. They know what it’s like to go without electricity for a week or two and all the stuff you have to do. This is going to be new to a lot of people up there. The cool thing is the people whose houses weren’t damaged, they’re going to be fine. They’re going to have to clean out their refrigerator, freezer. They’re going to have to boil water for a while. It’s the people whose houses are damaged or destroyed that are going to have to rebuild. It’s just going to take time.
James: I’m going to read this paragraph because I think it makes it really real. One’s beloved home may look pristine, its yard untrammelled, its siding unmelted, but many homes will be marked by a colour-coded Government of Alberta sign affixed to the property. Lucky homeowners will have green signs, which means an inspector’s rapid damage assessment cleared the home for occupancy. Others will have yellow placards (restricted use; precaution necessary), red cards (unsafe — do not enter) and those with destroyed homes will have the obvious relayed to them with blue placards and the message TOTAL LOSS.
Mark: Another thing about the people that’s going to be different for them is imagine the smell of smoke. It’s going to be pervasive throughout your house, in the carpet, in the curtains, in your bed linens.
James: Just think about when you leave that olive oil on the stove for 30 seconds too long, and how that doesn’t leave your house for a few minutes or whatever. And then imagine this blaze going for weeks, and then coming back to your house.
Mark: So that’s what they’re going to be coming back to. They will rebuild and they will get water cleaned up and all those sorts of stuff. It’s just going to take a bit of time. It’s not going to be fun for a lot of people.
James: No. Definitely not. Let’s focus on the positive in rebuilding. Canada’s oil business needs Fort McMurray to rebuild.
Mark: And they will. Even in this low crude price environment they will built because the parts of the industry that he got damaged actually is not extensive. What’s really hurting right now is lack of electricity. So you can’t run a pipeline. You can’t run pumps. Once they get the electricity back they’re going to start rebuilding the infrastructures that were damaged, and then stuff will start coming back online.
Because this is oil sands, and basically oil sands is a different geology than almost anything else, you don’t drill for it, you mine it. The oil sands are heat underground. Because of the geology the actual oil sands aren’t damaged. It’s just the infrastructure that’s damaged that helps move the oil out of the ground and transport it.
It’s going to some time. A lot of the work camps where the guys live while they’re out in the fields have been damaged. These got to be rebuilt. The oil companies and people who work in the oil industry will get this done like they always do.
James: They definitely will. We talked about oil sands every now and again. Just so that everyone, including myself, to a certain degree although I pretty fair grasp on oil sands production, but let’s pick this apart so that anyone listening will be able to understand exactly how this — because everyone knows horizontal drilling and fracking in America and how that changed the American energy revolution and so forth. When did they start oil sands production in Canada?
Mark: Our caveman ancestors used oil sands as medicine, the American Indians, the Eskimos. It’s been around for thousands and thousands of years. The problem is being able to extract the oil from the sand in a way that’s economically viable and. Shell is probably the first company that really figured it out. It’s not just the industry or the world.
About a year ago on cnn.com somebody wrote an article about how the low crude price is hurting the frackers in oil sands. I’m thinking your cnn.com. There’s no fracking in the oil sands. It’s totally different geology. A lot of people get it wrong including some big news organizations.
Imagine heavy crude, thick, thick crude, mixed with sand underground. That’s what oil sands are. You either mine it like a big pit mine where you use heavy equipments to remove the topsoil and then you get to the oil sands, and you load that on trucks or rail or whatever, and it’s brought to be processed. Or you heat underground so that oil turns into liquid. You can de pump it up.
Depending on what the field is like, both methods now are economically viable probably around $65-$70 a barrel. Unfortunately what’s happening here in the US and Canada is there’s been a bunch of legislation that’s been passed that add layers of tariffs and taxes to oil sands. It basically makes them not economically viable at $50 or $60 a barrel.
The other thing that’s really important to understand about this is that oil that comes from the oil sands in Canada is heavy, very heavy crude, which our refineries like. We struggled to refine our sweet crude that we produce from fracking in the US. What’s really important is us having access to that heavy crude so we can mix it with our sweet crude so that we can refine it. A lot of people don’t understand the importance of that heavy crude. We need heavy crude to help us refine our sweet crude. It’s vital for us to be economically viable on the downstream side of the business.
James: Can you unpack that a little bit more, when you say economically viable? I know that we had a little bump in gas prices because we switched to the summer blends. Can you talk through the different blending and how that works, and then how oil sands play into that?
Mark: Those are two different things. Gasoline blend is a government mandate to help lower pollutions. The refineries by law have to switch the way the gasoline is actually put together so that it produces less emission. Most of the country is cold and most of the country is warm. That’s different than when you feed a refinery that’s set up to refine heavy crude. It would cost a ton of money to retrofit that refinery to refine our sweet crude. So the sweet crude have wider elements in it, the aromatics, gasoline stuff like that, whereas the heavy crude have more of the heavy stuff, diesel, fuel oil.
What happens is in the refinery they’re now blending heavy crude and sweet crude to get a certain mixture that is ideal for that refinery to make the most profit. Does that make sense?
James: That makes perfect sense. How about the importance of oil sands’ production for Canada? Not only in terms of dollars because we obviously talked about the dollars earlier, but in terms of powering Canada’s infrastructure.
Mark: Not only powering the infrastructures. Think of the jobs that are created. I don’t know what the number is. We need a fact checker for stuff like this.
James: We’ve got thousands of them.
Mark: Thousands and thousands of high paying jobs. It’s not working at McDonald’s. This is good money that you can support a family on, you can save, you can buy a house. This part of Canada’s economy was very robust before the crew price dropped. The drop in crude price of course hurts them because they have some of the more expensive oil to get out of the ground, but still, the industry, the jobs, Canada’s export market.
Think of the peripheral benefits. Think of all the work camps. Who built those? A bunch of construction guys. Well, they’ve benefited from the boom in oil. Where did the construction guys get the stuff to build the work camps? Some home depot or whatever. Employees at home depot are benefiting from the oil sands. It just goes on and on and on and on and on the way this helps the economy and helps the people there. It just makes everything prosperous. It’s sad that we had this fire right after the severe drop of crude prices. We’re a resilient bunch. We’re a resilient industry. They’ll pop right back up.
James: One of the things that I’ve liked very much as I’ve watched this story unfold is instead of a whole bunch of anti-oil and gas people jumping in comments and going nuts about how the sand should stop and everything like that, it’s just been remarkably positive. I’ve seen so many people that aren’t in the industry talking about how bad they feel for their fellow Canadians that are suffering from their job losses, from their home losses and so forth. That’s just been really cool to see.
Mark: When end of the day comes it’s people worrying and taking care of other people regardless of your political background or your economic or where you’re from nationally. This is a tragedy. It’s good to see so many people globally, not only chipping in but actually sending stuff and supplies and people. This is just great. It’s a great people story. It’s a horrible tragedy that happened but it’s turned to great people story.
James: You mentioned chipping in so we’re going to say that one more time as we transition on to the rest of the show. Whatever you can do, please chip in. Go to triberocket.com/twsupport. If you want to, you can click organization and type in OGTW so that we track to see exactly how much we’ve been able to help. Even if you don’t do that, just help however you can. We’re going to start the fund with $100 and hopefully we can get thousands our brothers and sisters, they need that help.
It’s an awkward transition now but I think I need a laugh. This one made me laugh this morning even though it never makes Mark laugh. So I’m not expecting him to laugh. The onion of the week: Knocked-Out Secret Service Agents Wake To Realize Jimmy Carter Loose.
Mark: That’s actually kind of funny.
James: He must have got his hands on a brick and knocked this out. He’s quick as hell and a lot stronger than he looks. He’s smart, very smart. You can’t let your guard down for even a second. Jimmy Carter beating up Secret Service agents. I get a laugh out of that.
To move on from there, we do have a winner. This is our last winner, isn’t it, Mark?
Mark: It’s our last winner for Red Wing for the immediate future but stay tuned. Red Wing is not going anywhere. We just got some changes going on. Our winner is Adam Ericsson. He’s a Project Manager at CEL Electric. What is coincidentally interesting about this is CEL is from that part of Canada. They’re an electrical contracting firm operating in Western Canada. They specialize in industrial, agricultural, and commercial construction maintenance. Within an environment of honesty and integrity, empowering all employees to fully develop their professional abilities, CEL strives to exceed customer expectations and make sure they do really good.
Adam Ericsson, congratulations. You’re the final winner of one of these really cool Red Wing offshore bags. You’re going to love it.
James: Again, that was not by design. I texted Mark before the show and said you’ve got to see. It’s totally random. We just get an email from Chris, our contact at Red Wing. You got to see. These guys are out in Western Canada. We’re going to be doing this whole show. It’s very serendipitous. It’s just fantastic.
Why don’t we talk for a moment, Mark, because people are going to be a little confused and say, “Wait. This is the last one. What’s happening?”
Mark: Red Wing’s sponsorship of this show is coming to and end, and it’s coming to an end in a great way. They’re very happy with the stuff that we’ve done for them. We’re very happy with them as a sponsor. They’re going to come back. We’re going to have a new sponsor for the show starting next week.
Hats off to Red Wing and the whole crew out there. They make quality stuff. Quality is the most important to them. Nothing goes out the door unless it meets their standards. They’re just great people. The company has been around forever. They do good work. They’re trying to actually make a difference to help keep people safe in the oilfield. We just have the best relationship with them. Things are changing but it’s changing for the better so stay tuned.
James: Stay tuned. Like Mark said, they’re not going anywhere. We are going to have some announcements around that coming in the future.
INTECH Process Automation, we have to thank them for their sponsorship as well. That maybe ends next week or the week after. They still have their artificial lift whitepaper available for our audience only.
Mark: If you’re an operator or a service company out there and you’re trying to have efficiencies in the field — I hate to even call this thing a whitepaper. It’s literally a step by step manual on how to do that with process automation. Even if you’re a very small operator and you don’t think process automation can help you, check this out anyway because it can. They were gracious enough to write this for our audience. It’s free. All you have to do is go to the link that James is going to give you. Grab it. You really should. You should put this in your toolbox. Even if you don’t think INTECH can help you, you need to understand how you can have better efficiencies in the field.
James: I do that all the time. From the marketing side of things, I see a whitepaper that’s available, and I go to the landing page and I’m like “All right. Do you want my contact information?” I’m probably not a fit for their services but I really need to learn what’s in this whitepaper although we do encourage you to work with INTECH because they can help you a lot.
Let’s talk about events, Mark.
Mark: Let’s back up, James. Where do they need to go to get that INTECH whitepaper?
James: That’s a good point. Sorry about that. To get that whitepaper you’re going to go to intechwww.com/podcast. Now we’ll move to the next part which is events. We don’t have any events next week, Mark, because it’s kind of a weird week where the end of the month is the beginning of the next month during the week. So we do have something coming up June 7th through 10th at the Hyatt Regency here in Houston, Texas. It’s the CWC World LNG Series: Americas Summit & Exhibition. You always say it is what it sounds like.
Mark: This is a great event. I’ll be there as press. This is all built around LNG which if you’re in the energy industry, not just oil and gas but any part of energy industry, you need to go check this out. They have some great learning. They have a lot of good exhibitors there. It can either be as technical as you want, as deep as you want go or it can be as personal as you want. I go to this thing every year. I’ll be there. If you go hit me up on Twitter. I’d love to connect. It’s absolutely one of the best LNG learning events in the US.
James: That’s awesome. That’s right before my birthday so maybe a little birthday present for me. June 12, by the way, people. Maybe I should put a list up there.
Data Driven Production Conference, June 7th and 8th as well. It’s in Doubletree in Houston. We love data. So talk to us about this conference, Mark.
Mark: This is a small very specialized event. Actually one of my clients is going to be exhibiting there. This is all around how you tie big data and analytics to oilfield production. So you hear James and I talk about this all the time that it’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming. Well, it’s here.
James: It’s here. If you haven’t caught it yet, go back just yesterday as of this recording, but f you’re listening to this two years from now, that means nothing. We talked about that when we talked to NOV about their automated drilling solutions. There’s a ton of big data going on there for an autopilot rig.
Mark: Oh, man. NOV is a technology company. It just happens to work in oil and gas industry. James and I have some good relationships over there to kind of see behind the curtains. Man, they’re doing some crazy cool stuff out there. If you’re in that world, in the data, you really don’t have to be in the oil and gas industry, if you want to see how data is being used by big industry, go check this out. Like I said, it’s a smaller event but it’s a great event.
James: It’s at the Doubletree. Again, we’ll have the links in the show notes.
The First Friday Q&A is next week, Mark. Let’s not forget to record it.
Mark: We’re some funny people sometimes. We record stuff late or we miss a date. Other times we record stuff we don’t need to record. It’s just funny. Come on, folks. First Friday Q&A. Send in your questions, anything you want to know about the oil and gas industry, economy, globally, production, whatever. Go submit it. If you read your question there you’ll get a big shout out. Do me a favor and go leave a voicemail for James because he’s dying for somebody to leave a question via voicemail.
James: I am dying for a question. I’ve gotten voicemails. I just needed questions. I find a lot of people like to use the form. That’s at triberocket.com/qa. You can fill out the form there.
Our LinkedIn group continues to grow by leaps and bounds, Mark. I think we’re about to cross 1,100.
Mark: Folks, if you like the show and if you want to know all about the secret stuff that’s getting ready to come out, it’ll come out first on LinkedIn group before you hear about it on the show. So go join so you can keep your fingers on the pulse of what James and I are doing because we got a lot of cool new awesome stuff coming out. It’ll be on the LinkedIn group first. So if you don’t join you won’t know. It takes all of 30 seconds. Now, it’s not called Oil and Gas This Week. It’s called the Global Oil and Gas Network for a reason. Once again, you have to stay tuned to figure out why it’s called that. So go join.
James: Go join. It’s at triberocket.com/linkedin.
Mark: I want to do a quick shout out.
James: Okay. Do it.
Mark: I spent some time early this week in Tyler, Texas which I’ve never been to before. It is the most beautiful little town. It’s a beautiful drive.
James: You’ve never been to Tyler before?
Mark: I’ve never been to Tyler before.
James: Wow! I love Tyler, Texas.
Mark: It’s gorgeous. I went up there and hang out with Roselyn Crew, Denny Pitcher, Lisa Schoonmaker, Erika Perry [Phonetic]. Big shout out. Thanks for making me feel welcome. I got some good interviews. It’s just a great trip. So shout out to everybody who made me feel like I was at home. Even Casey Oland [Phonetic] who follows me on Facebook. When she saw that I checked in she goes “Hey, you’re in my backyard” which I don’t even know. She’s a big listener of the podcast. So big shout out to everybody in Tyler who listens to the podcast. We love you to death.
James: If you haven’t heard what Mark jus said, he is on Facebook now. He needs friends. I have way more friends that him.
Mark: I do need friends. I have not been on Facebook until James made me do it a few months ago. So I don’t have the 15 years of building friends. So please, even if you don’t know me but you listen to the show, be my friend on Facebook. I need friend.
James: It’s a really good point to make right there, Mark. I made you get on Facebook. I made you.
Mark: I’m not joking. James really said, “I’m building your profile right now whether you want it or not.” So he forced me on Facebook.
James: Now your videos are getting all kinds of likes and shares and everything. It’s helped you a lot.
Mark: Because of James’ training I’ve tried something. It’s actually working out well. I have some Facebook exclusive, very short videos just for people in sales in oil and gas. You won’t find them anywhere else except on our Modalpoint page on Facebook. So if you’re in sales on oil and gas and you want some quick tips on how to just blow away your competition and make that commission check very fat, go check it out.
James: The point to make there is that, Mark, I’m not an idiot. I’m not the village idiot. I just play one on this show.
Mark: James is genius. My business success in the last couple years is all credit to James and what he’s taught me, what he’s helped me learn. He’s not the village idiot, people.
James: It’s all an act. It’s a character. I play a character on this show because if I don’t stop Mark and slow him down and say, “What does that mean? What does this mean?” then the content’s going to be over all of our heads. I know a lot of the stuff he’s talking about.
One thing that I want to talk about though is reviews because we’re coming up against our time. Mark, I gave you the script. You’re not the digital marketing expert. You’re the one who sells it though because of the fact that it drives better results. So can you please do me a favor right now and sell it hard. Sell it hard because we’re at 89 reviews and we need to get to 100. I’m convinced if we get to 100 we’re going to get at least to the second spot if not that first spot on that search.
Mark: James, what are we up to downloads episodes?
James: That’s a good question. It’s over 130,000.
Mark: Okay. So 130,000 people and we can’t get 11 more reviews. Come on, people. I know you’re listening. Don’t turn your head because we see the numbers. We just need 11 more reviews to get to 100. So do me a personal favor. It takes a minute and a half. Go to iTunes. Leave us a review. It helps us in our search engine rankings. Come on, man. Over 100,000 of you listening to us and I can’t get 11. Come on, people. Do it.
James: Help us out. Help us get to that because, again, we’re targeting oil and gas podcast, and your reviews are a huge reason we’re number three. We’re gunning for the number one spot. Help us get there.
Shout out for the two reviews that we did receive over the last week. This is from Eddie Happy. May 9, 2016. Informative and interesting. Five stars. I started listening to this podcast in January, and it has been my favorite past time throughout my last semester in college. I admire the depth of knowledge Mark LaCour has on so many topics, and Mr. Hahn’s level of intellectual curiosity is something I aspire to have. Wow! Thank you. Overall, this is a great podcast, informative and interesting. Kudos to everyone involved. There are more people than us involved. So thanks for that. Shout out to Paige and everyone else that’s helping out.
Also we’ve got Blue252525. Five-star review. Short and to the point. Tons of great info.
So thank for reviewing. If you want to help us get to 100 go to triberocket.com/twreviews. We got to get 11 people, right, Mark?
Mark: Just 11 people. We have 100,000 people listening. Come on. We can get 11.
James: We can get 11. Help us out, people.
Mark: I’m going to start calling you out by name. We don’t actually have your names.
James: But we could infer it. Select through our friends and say, “Let me see. All right. You haven’t left a review yet. I’m going to start thinking about a few people. I’m going to call them out on the show.”
All right. If you made it this far on the show, please share it with your friends. If you have any comments or anything like that about this particular episode or if you want to dig into the show notes in terms of all the links we talked about you can go to triberocket.com/tw66 as this is Episode 66, and then just share the show. It’s triberocket.com/shareli shares it straight to LinkedIn, /sharetw shares it straight to Twitter, and /sharefb, straight to Facebook.
Thank you to everyone who’s been taking us up on that offer. I’ve been getting tag left and right and I know you have too as well, Mark. That’s really good stuff.
Mark: It is good stuff. Thanks, folks.
James: Yeah. Definitely. All right. I know you have a hard stop coming up here. Are you ready to go?
Mark: Yes. Folks, do great work. Pay it forward. We will see you next time.
James: Go find some grease, guys.