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Williams Excavating & Trucking LLC/Williams Water

Diversity has been key to Williams Excavating & Trucking LLC and Williams Water, owner Joe Williams says. “It’s really kind of amazing the different things we can do to stay busy and keep making...
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Water Authority of the Cayman Islands

Providing a reliable water source to an island nation with few freshwater resources is a daunting task, but one the Water Authority of the Cayman Islands has successfully undertaken for the past 31 years....
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TSC Corp.

Flexibility has been key for TSC Corp. as it serves its clients, Vice President Charles Smith says. “We are truly a solutions-driven company,” he says, noting that it specializes in offering custom...
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Tamaka Gold

Once it comes out of the ground, all gold is valued equally. However, not all gold properties are valued equally, and that’s because some have a higher potential than others. Tamaka Gold Corp. believes...
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Silverline Services

It’s a family affair at Silverline Services, a growing oil field services company specializing in construction, automation and manufacturing. The company was founded by Curtis Elworthy, who learned...
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Scientific Drilling International

In 1969, Scientific Drilling International (SDI) made history when it introduced “The Eye,” the world’s first downhole electronic steering tool for wellbore navigation. This product allowed directional...
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Roeslein & Associates

Roeslein & Associates recently completed a $4 million expansion to its fabrication facility that will aid in its plans to continue growing and staying diversified after 25 years of providing engineering,...
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P&E Mining Consultants Inc.

For P&E Mining Consultants Inc., being small is an advantage that gives it more flexibility, President Eugene Puritch says. “[It] allows us to react quickly to the needs of the clients,” he says. “People...
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NoDak Oilfield Services

Chad Drake came to North Dakota six years ago seeking an opportunity to work on an oil rig in the Bakken Shale. Drake, a carpenter by trade who had previously lived and worked in Montana before the decline...
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Iron Fox Trucking

For a company that has only existed for less than three years, Iron Fox Trucking has come a long way. From its humble beginnings in 2012, the crude oil logistics company has grown to a fleet of more...
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Columns

Rare Earth Mining

Rare earth elements are used in wide abundance today, in everything from communication to defense technologies. First discovered over 200 years ago, they have since gained in global prominence and are...
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Libya

Libya is reputed to hold the ninth-largest proven oil reserves in the world – approximately 38 percent of Africa’s total proven crude reserves – making it a key player in the global energy market....
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Legal Developments

On March 9, 2015, the United States Supreme Court rendered a decision (Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association) that allows federal agencies (such as the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and...
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Energy Systems

It’s no secret that the electric power industry is undergoing a transformation with utilities scaling up clean energy sources, embracing a new era of consumer participation and choice, and tackling...
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Productivity

Profit margins in the mining industry, frequently healthy and attractive, face high risks when market prices are low. Mining operations have never fit the historical model of cost plus margin equals...
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Bakken

If there was any doubt that the Bakken Shale is one of the hottest spots in the oil and gas industry right now, all one has to do is take a look at the rush of companies still flowing into the region....
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Asset Performance

Recent spikes in the number of accidents tied to aging equipment and infrastructure have put increasing pressure on mining facilities to protect their physical assets. Critical assets are the lifeblood...
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Oil Exports

In late June, in a story that was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, it was announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce, through its Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), had issued a private...
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Mobility

Natural gas is a superior energy source – it is the cleanest of fossil fuels, highly efficient and, furthermore, it is readily available here on U.S. soil. Those factors alone make natural gas a very...
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Industry Trends

Quite a bit has happened since my last EMI column just a short few months ago. The citizens in Denton, Texas, voted to ban fracking while voters in one California city voted to go full speed ahead. The...
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Special Focus

Some people throw out the mayonnaise jar when they can’t scoop any more out of it. Other people will take a knife and painstakingly scrape the jar’s sides and get enough mayonnaise for at least another sandwich, maybe more. But they need time and different tools to do the job. Read more...
Veresen Inc. closed a deal in February 2012 on a low-risk asset with high-growth potential. The company’s $920 million acquisition of the Hythe/Steeprock Complex, formerly owned by Encana Corp., has ushered it into Canada’s booming Montney Shale Play, the prolific natural gas resources located in British Columbia and Alberta. Read more...
TWD Technologies began its evolution into construction management approximately four years ago as a way to ensure that its engineering designs were executed flawlessly. “I think the top reason is to have more control,” co-founder and Principal Scott Wilson maintains. “The traditional way of doing things is, we do the engineering and then a contractor builds it. Read more...
Rambler Metals and Mining struck gold at its Ming Mine in Baie Verte, Newfoundland in 2004 when it began its exploration campaign searching for base and precious metals.  The Ming Mine is an underground volcanic massive sulfide style copper deposit with anomalously high gold grades, allowing the small company to become a mid-size mine developer in a short period of time. Copper and gold pricing fluctuate with economic trends. Read more...
Colter Energy Services Inc.’s commitment to safety goes beyond inspections and meetings to permeate every aspect of the company and its operations. In fact, that commitment has driven the company since its founding. Read more...
A once-dormant copper-gold-silver development in British Columbia is seeing new life. Vancouver-based Yellowhead Mining Inc. in March 2012 completed a feasibility study on the Harper Creek project, which was initially explored in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Read more...
After nearly a quarter of a century, The Rig Shop Ltd. has stayed successful by maintaining strong values in its approach to work, Head Engineer Fred Jolivet says. “[Our senior managers] are straight-up, honest businessmen,” he says. “I enjoy working for them.” Read more...
For the province of Alberta, 1962 was an important year. The Alberta Conservation Board had approved the Great Canadian Oil Sands Project and the Alberta-California pipeline was completed. Seeing the need for Canadian-made products that were suited to Canadian conditions, Duncan McNeill launched Stream-Flo Industries Ltd. and the Crown Energy product line in 1962. In its first year of operation, Stream-Flo manufactured the first Canadian swing check valve used in the oil industry. The company’s global expertise and industry dominance have continued to grow, making it a leader in the energy market. Read more...
The rise in oil and natural gas prices beginning in the late 1990s encouraged the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to access large areas rich in oil and gas deposits that had been, until then, too expensive to extract. While oil and gas companies focused on opening wells at a rate of 1,800 wells per year just in North Dakota’s Bakken area, others wanted to minimize the environmental effects of fracking. Ridgeline Energy Services Inc. created solutions to recycle and re-use water used for fracking, along with recycling contaminated soil to use on green landfills. Read more...
At Pilot Gold, no decision is based on a hunch – either the science is there, or it’s not. It may sound restricting, but in its essence it’s liberating. By practicing its philosophy – “the Science of Discovery” – Pilot Gold has looked beyond traditional mining regions and opened new areas of exploration. Read more...
Brian Impey started his company in 1985 when he purchased a used 1-ton oilfield maintenance truck. More than 25 years later, the Gazelle’s Group of companies is a multimillion-dollar company with three divisions: Insulation Snakes®, Canline Pipeline Solutions and Gazelle’s Oilfield Service Ltd. Read more...
Subtract the inherent risks present in operating gold companies and add more potential benefits than a gold ETF and you get Franco-Nevada Corp. A gold-focused royalty and stream company, Franco-Nevada’s business model limits exposure to operating and capital cost inflation while allowing to it take advantage of rising commodity prices and new discoveries. Read more...
When people usually think of mine shafts, they tend to picture workers starting at the surface and moving downward to the resources that lie below. But Arkbro Industries has found success by offering mining clients the products that allow them to create mine shafts – “raises” in mining terms – from the bottom up. Read more...
Ventana Gold Corp. barely has entered its fifth year in Colombia’s mining industry, but already President and CEO Stephen Orr believes the company has discovered a project that could position it as Colombia’s leading precious metals producer. Read more...
Sometimes, all that’s necessary for a company to break through and reach the next level of success is a new perspective. That’s exactly what Vancouver-based Zincore Metals gained in 2009 when its new management team took over. Manager of Investor Relations Adam Ho says the company has a new outlook on life, from big-picture optimism all the way down to how it approaches its assets in the field. Read more...
ROCK Construction and Mining Inc. was founded by Peter Walker in 2002 after a career in excavation and mining. The company philosophy is to provide safe, efficient and guaranteed service, always knowing project parameters before a bid and always meeting client expectations. ROCK specializes in drilling and blasting for hydroelectric development, quarry and mine production, road and highway construction, infrastructure foundations and specialty drilling. Read more...

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