Shale EnviroSafe Summit in San Antonio, TX - Dec. 2, 2014 - Press Release

The Shale EnviroSafe Summit will take place December 2nd at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Summit is a one-day event focused on environmental, health, safety and regulatory considerations for shale plays across the U.S. The event was designed to bring together like-minded EH&S professionals to network and discuss important industry issues in one concentrated, fast-moving day. The Shale EnviroSafe Summit will host six educational sessions, along with an introductory breakfast and a closing networking reception. Sessions include community interaction and engagement; transportation issues; safety in rural and residential areas; specialized emergency response; case studies; and managing short service employees. Each of the six sessions will feature experts from companies such as Shell, ConocoPhillips, Union Pacific Railroad, Marathon Oil, Hilcorp Energy, and more.

To register or view the latest updates on Shale EnviroSafe, visit

For information on attendance or sponsoring opportunities, please contact Marketing Manager Carey Buchholtz at 713.343.1878

Braun Intertec Expands Operations to Texas - Press Release

Braun Intertec, one of the Upper Midwest’s premier engineering, consulting and testing firms, expands its operations to San Antonio, Texas, to support the oil and gas industry in the Eagle Ford Shale area and the surrounding infrastructure. The office will offer nondestructive examination, geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, construction materials testing, and building sciences services. Braun Intertec anticipates the new office location in San Antonio will allow its experienced engineers, scientists and field personnel to deliver the level of service and technical expertise needed in the booming oil and gas industry in Texas. The Eagle Ford Shale area is one of the most active shale plays in the world and continues to profoundly impact the community and economic development of South Texas.

With the company’s more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry combined with the Texas-based, local leadership at the San Antonio office, Braun Intertec is prepared to serve the thriving industry in Texas.

As a native Texan, I’m excited to join the Braun Intertec team. I am more than confident the unique and varied skill set offered by Braun Intertec paired with the local expertise of our San Antonio business unit leaders will be able to keep pace with the immediate and growing needs of the Eagle Ford Shale community as well as the corresponding expansions in the industrial, municipal and private sectors.
— Gary Kelley, Business Unit Manager at the Braun Intertec San Antonio Office

For more information about Braun Intertec, visit or chat with us on Twitter @Braunintertec.

About Braun Intertec

Based in Minneapolis, employee-owned Braun Intertec ( is a premier engineering, environmental consulting and testing firm with more than 600 employees located in multiple Twin Cities offices, as well as in Duluth, Hibbing, Mankato, Rochester, and St. Cloud, Minnesota. Braun Intertec also has offices in Bismarck, Dickinson, West Fargo, and Minot, North Dakota; La Crosse and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and San Antonio, Texas. Braun Intertec subsidiaries include Agile Frameworks, LLC, Braun Intertec Geothermal, LLC, both based in Minneapolis.


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Flare Gas Measurement Package Brings Oil & Gas Companies into Compliance with Federal Mandate - Press Release

Reliable, Low Cost Flare Gas Metering for Emissions Reporting

Pennsylvania-based Thermal Instrument Company, a 55 year old designer and manufacturer of industrial precision made thermal mass flow meters, has recently launched its flare gas flow measurement system for use in the upstream oil & gas exploration areas. This flare gas flow metering package brings companies into mandated monitoring compliance on flared emissions as stated by state and federal regulatory agencies. This Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule, 40 CFR Part 98, Subpart W is pertinent to reporting requirements and data collection for the upstream oil & gas exploration industry.

In March, 2014, the U.S. EPA published some proposed revisions to this 40 CFR Part 98, Subpart W to include general applicability, revised calculation methods and reporting requirements for specified emission sources within the source category, and some other changes to monitoring standards. Additionally, a Subpart OOOO (Quad O) has become another EPA standard for upstream & midstream gas exploration emissions compliance that must be met.

There are a small handful of oil & gas exploration companies taking the proactive approach early on to engineer the flow monitoring instrumentation onto the well pad site for monitoring the mass flow exiting the flare. At this point, the EPA has defined January 1, 2015 as a technically feasible date when the proposed revisions will be effective for this mandated monitoring and recording of flow exiting the flares at oil & gas exploration well sites.

In cooperation with a major gas exploration company in the Texas area of the Eagle Ford Shale formation, Thermal Instrument Company enhanced and completed their total flow monitoring system. Even with changes in gas composition, the flow monitoring system from Thermal Instrument Company was very repeatable and accurate and the customer was amazed at the less than five minute start-up time. The system can vary from just the flow measurement design to the whole package including solar panels, totalization module, and battery management hardware.

For more information on this flare gas flow system, contact Thermal Instrument Company at (215) 355-8400.

Titanium Exploration Partners and Castlelake Form Joint Venture - Press Release

Dallas and Minneapolis – May 29, 2014 – Titanium Exploration Partners, LLC (TEP) and Castlelake, L.P., a global institutional alternative investment firm, today announced the formation of a joint venture to pursue investments in non-operated oil and gas assets in unconventional resource plays in the United States. The joint venture will make investments via acquisitions from sellers of non-operated working interests, strategic partnerships with operators and organic leasing. The joint venture will initially focus on the Eagle Ford Shale and may expand to other opportunities over time.

This joint venture combines the expertise of Titanium Exploration Partners with the resources of Castlelake and the capital they manage,” said Chip Simmons, CEO of Titanium. “Having a strong capital partner like Castlelake will allow us to expedite the investment and acquisition process for the benefit of our operating partners, sellers of non-operated working interests and landowners.

TEP will act as asset manager in the joint venture, responsible for sourcing opportunities, negotiating and structuring the investments, and managing acquired assets. Through its funds, Castlelake will provide capital together with its expertise in the energy industry. The firm will also guide sourcing, as well as provide strategic and economic direction for the joint venture.

The joint venture brings together Titanium’s specialized expertise and our unique approach to investing in illiquid assets where long-term capital is of significant value,” said Luke Beltnick, Managing Director of Castlelake. “As development in the Eagle Ford Shale grows, so too does the need for capital to facilitate these transactions, and Castlelake is in a unique position to meet the needs of all parties involved.

Castlelake has invested more than $600 million in the energy industry. Formed in 2005, the global institutional alternative investment firm has $3.6 billion in assets under management and focuses on deep value, asset rich opportunities across capital structures, industries, and geographies.

About Titanium Exploration Partners


Titanium Exploration Partners is a Dallas-based investment firm focused on the acquisition and development of non-operated oil and gas assets in leading unconventional resource plays across the United States. Titanium is building a diverse portfolio of assets through partnerships with established operators, acquisitions of non-operated working interests and royalty interests and leasing. Titanium is currently focused on the Eagle Ford Shale, while also considering investments in other top unconventional resource plays, including the Bakken, Marcellus, Utica and Niobrara formations, and the Permian Basin. Titanium was founded by Chip Simmons, CEO; Peter Halloran, Managing Director; and Brennan Potts, Managing Director.

About Castlelake, L.P.


Castlelake, L.P. is a global institutional alternative investment firm focused on deep value, asset rich opportunities. Castlelake today has $3.6 billion of assets under management. Castlelake has more than 60 professionals based in its Minneapolis, Minnesota and London offices. For more information please visit or contact Castlelake at (612) 851-3150. 

Contacts: Titanium Exploration Partners Brennan Potts, Managing Director, 214-549-3652

Castlelake, L.P. Peter H. Glerum, 612-851-3100

Tom Laughran, 312-729-3719

The Vetergy Group Proudly Welcomes CSM(ret) Christopher “Ck” Kurinec to Its Elite Force - Press Release

The Vetergy Group is proud to announce that Christopher “Ck” Kurinec is joining Vetergy’s management team. Chris served for twenty-five years in the active U.S. Army with leadership assignments in both conventional Infantry and Special Operations units. In the last 17 years of active duty, he was assigned to a Special Mission Unit at Fort Bragg, NC as part of the United States Army Special Operations Command where he gained extensive leadership, operational and training experience serving in every position of leadership within the organization, including Assaulter, Sniper, Team Leader, Troop Sergeant Major, Squadron Operations SGM, and Detachment Operations SGM. He culminated his military career as a Command Sergeant Major of an operational squadron. For his exceptional bravery, Chris was awarded the Silver Star along with two other valor awards, presented with three Purple Hearts and was the very first recipient of the USSOCOM Dick Meadows Award for Heroism.

Since leaving his active duty career, Chris has continued to serve as a Wounded Warrior Recovery Advocate for the USSOCOM Care Coalition helping our most significantly wounded Special Operations Forces warriors recover from their wounds. The experience of supporting these incredibly brave wounded warriors and their families fuels Chris’ passion to help veterans find meaningful and productive solutions.

After his military service, Chris has provided performance improvement coaching to drilling crews and other supporting infrastructure in the oil & natural gas industry. Chris has learned that matching veteran skills with the energy sector is a natural path that has not been exploited with the proper amount of focus and determination. Chris’ ability to translate the diverse experience and capabilities of veterans to immediate needs in the energy sector aligns his desire with the mission of The Vetergy Group. Chris is passionate about helping veterans transfer their unique goals to the emerging demands of the energy industry that genuinely needs their skills and inherent discipline.

The profound impact of supporting each other has a unique meaning for Chris and Vetergy’s founder, David Wilbur. Chris and David met twice over 15 years in very different circumstances before they ever shook hands.

“I’m on the long list of folks who have had to bail him out of trouble,” David says with a smile as he reminisces on a night when enemy combatants near the city of Haditha in the Al Anbar province of Iraq had engaged Chris’ unit during OPERATION Iraqi Freedom. “I was leading a section of F/A-18s overhead to provide close air support to the ground operations when the call came for help. Fortunately because of the sensor technology we had available and the proficiency of our aircrew, we were able to deploy a Laser Maverick into the enemy position, confuse the enemy and allow Chris’ unit to regain the offensive. I’d always believed the weapon shacked the target,” David recalls describing a direct hit, “until Chris and I first made the connection working in the oilfield on the North Slope of Alaska.”

“That’s not exactly true” Chris says, “the Maverick came in high and missed the target, but actually managed to hit the opposition on the run as they fled their bunker.”

After their reunion on the North Slope, Chris and David retraced their careers and discovered several other encounters they had had over their many years of service. “It just reminds you that intersections between our lives and those we come in contact with are not accidental,” David said. “There’s definitely a bigger picture and a Divine appointment.”

“There is a natural symmetry between working for the Department of Defense and in the Oil & Natural Gas Industry,” says Chris. “As a veteran, you protect the American way of life…as a worker in the Oil & Natural Gas Industry, you are responsible for helping to create the American way of life.”

The Vetergy Group is honored to have Mr. Kurinec, a true American hero, join our team.

Contact: Traylor Lovvorn Toll Free: 844-VETERGY (838-3749) Houston, Texas 77005

About The Vetergy Group

VETERGY is fully committed to the mission of delivering reliable human performance to the oil & natural gas industry through a proven manpower supply channel that is globally deployable. We recognize the urgency for this demand and can scale to meet the market call. For more information, visit VETERGY at or call 844-VETERGY (838-3749).