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In 1963, E.E. Embury, Inc., was founded in Long Beach, California by Erwin “Ed” Embury. A family-focused company from the start, E.E. Embury, Inc., was originally a manufacturing rep for big businesses in the oil industry, but quickly transitioned into offering custom products to companies of all sizes. Embury’s son, Phil Embury, moved the company’s manufacturing segment to Bakersfield, California, to better serve customers.

Since our start, we have been a proud supplier of high quality rubber products for the oilfield industry. In 2001, our corporate name was changed to Global Elastomeric Products, Inc. Although our name has changed, our commitment to excellent products and quality customer service has remained the same.

There are a few other things that haven’t changed. For example, we’re still a private and family-owned company and still committed to our employees and customers. Many of our employees have remained with us for decades and are committed not only to our quality but to our customers. Our team truly wants to make a difference for large and small businesses in the oilfield industry.

Commitment to High-Quality Products and Service

We pride ourselves in maintaining the highest quality service to every customer and we have served many of our customers for decades. We celebrated our 50th anniversary as a company in 2015, and we’re proud to say some of our customers and clients have been with us from the start.

And it’s not just our clients we’re proud of: Our loyal sales staff has over 100 years of combined experience in the "Oil Patch". This expertise allows them to truly help our customers and clients with their needs.

Our on-site custom molding department and in-house engineering department can take a project from the concept stage through to the finished product. We are able to serve the special needs of both the large and the small project customer.

Continually seeking improvement, we have established a quality assurance program which emphasizes the highest quality standards, rigorous inspections and complete documentation throughout the manufacturing process. At the same time, we have been investing in the latest technology to serve you better. We have invested in the highest-quality paint robotics, injection machines, and the newest equipment to continue to offer our customers the highest quality in the future. Our team stays on the cutting edge of manufacturing to ensure we can bring you the most innovative solutions for your needs.

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In 1963, E.E. Embury, Inc. was founded in Long Beach, California. Since then, we have been a proud supplier of high quality rubber products for the oilfield industry. In 2001, our corporate name was changed to Global Elastomeric Products, Inc. Although our name has changed, our commitment to excellent products and quality customer service has remained the same for over 50 years.

Swabbing in Oil Drilling

Swabbing-In-Oil Drilling

Oil drilling is a challenging and highly mechanical profession. Oil rig operators need to have extensive knowledge of the tools they use, the correct processes for resource collection and how to recognize potential issues or risks and mitigate them.  From drilling to worker safety, they're responsible for many areas. One of the processes they need to know is swabbing.


The Pros & Cons of Shallow Oil Wells

Col. Edwin Drake drilled the world’s first oil well near Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859. This started a revolution in energy production, providing millions of jobs and billions of dollars to local economies in the subsequent years. Over those years, the industry has evolved and advanced, adopting various technologies and techniques to make the most of our natural gas and oil resources. One of these techniques is the use of shallow oil wells.

Shallow wells provide many benefits to drilling operations. From cost benefits to surprising legal advantages, shallow wells are a reliable source of natural resources for many drilling companies. However, the definition of a shallow well is hardly consistent. From a legal standpoint, differences in definition have led to regulatory and legal battles for the drilling industry. For this reason, it's crucial to be aware of the differences between shallow and deep wells from a legal standpoint and carefully consider which would be most advantageous for your operation.

What Is a Shallow Well?

What constitutes a shallow oil well differs depending on the organization referenced and the purpose of the definition. From a scientific and practical standpoint, a shallow oil well is often defined as any oil well drilled to a depth of 10,000 feet or less. However, this definition does not suit all purposes and regions.

Many states and counties have differing definitions for what constitutes as a shallow well. These different definitions serve to help enforce drilling practices and prevent over-drilling. For example, states and counties located along the Marcellus shale of the Northeastern United States have widely differing definitions and regulations concerning what constitutes a shallow well and how these wells should be drilled. Kentucky law defines a shallow well as any well drilled and completed at a depth of less than 4,000 feet or above the base of the lowest member of the Devonian Brown Shale. Pennsylvania defines shallow wells as any wells that do not penetrate the Onondaga horizon or are otherwise shallower than 3800 feet. A "deep well" for any of these states is any well that does not meet these specifications.

Counties and states will often define shallow wells differently based on local geography and drilling practices. To avoid any issues with regulatory agencies, it is essential to consult with a local expert and a legal team. Doing so will allow your organization to understand the local laws and create a plan that addresses all of them appropriately.

Shallow Well Regulations

While the definitions discussed above may seem superficial, they are essential to understand. The local definition of a shallow oil well is integral to understanding local regulations and provides a guide for how to plan a drilling operation.

Most states regulate shallow wells differently than deep wells. Some states even have different regulatory agencies for each type. Most of these regulations have to do with the legal considerations for the landowner and how closely oil wells can be drilled in proximity to one another. Unfortunately, when drilling companies don't pay attention to these local laws and definitions, they can get into trouble.

As an example, we will look at the definitions, regulatory organizations and regulations of West Virginia and how they affect shallow oil well drilling practices.

  • Shallow Well Definitions: West Virginia law can be particularly confusing for drilling companies due to the fact that the law does not provide a hard number for what constitutes a shallow oil well versus a deep oil well. Instead, the definition is dependent on how deep the drilling company goes into the Onondaga group. Shallow wells can penetrate up to 20 feet into the Onondaga group, but any more than that will cause the well to be defined as a deep well.

  • Regulatory Agencies: In West Virginia, the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, or OGCC, regulates the drilling of deep wells, while the West Virginia Shallow Gas Well Review Board or SGWRB, regulates and resolves issues with shallow wells. While the SGWRB can establish specific considerations and distances for shallow oil and gas wells on a case-by-case basis, the OGCC enforces strict rules based on the depth and location of the proposed drilling site in relation to established wells.

  • Regulations: The SGWRB generally enforces the rule that shallow wells under 3,000 feet in depth must be 1,000 feet from an existing well, while shallow wells over 3,000 feet in depth must be at least 1,500 feet from the nearest existing well. If the owner of the coal seam contests this, the drill operator must observe a 2,000-foot drilling distance from the nearest well unless they can prove a need for a shorter distance. Deep wells, on the other hand, must be at least 3,000 feet from another permitted well.

These factors came into play in the 2008 case Blue Eagle Land, LLC v. The West Virginia Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, in which a group of coal owners and operators claimed that several wells should have been defined as shallow wells and fallen under the jurisdiction of the SGWRB rather than the OGCC. The crux of their argument focused on the definition of a shallow well versus a deep well — they had drilled over 20 feet into the Onondaga group but finished the wells at shallower depths. The court ruled against the petitioners, stating that the accepted interpretation of the law favored the OGCC and that the petitioners had insufficient evidence that their oil wells fit the accepted definition. As a result, the drilling companies were responsible for fines and legal fees associated with insufficient permissions and litigation.

This is just one example, but these types of problems arise frequently. Between the production delays and the legal and civil fines incurred, it's essential to a company's bottom line to understand the definitions, regulations and regulatory agencies overseeing any particular drill site. When in doubt, it's best to consult with the local Department of Environmental Protection Office of Oil and Gas. They, combined with your legal counsel, can help determine any required permits or adjustments in your drilling plan. This simple step can prevent massive costs from being incurred over a simple misunderstanding.

The Pros of Shallow Wells

What makes shallow wells so advantageous as to risk litigation over them? There are several reasons that companies may seek to drill a shallow well over a deep well, including the following:

  • Pooling: In the oil and gas industry, pooling refers to the combining of small tracts of land to obtain sufficient acreage to get a well-drilling permit. Pooling is a legal way to get around state spacing laws while also enabling interest owners to share production profits. The pooling process usually starts by defining the drilling area, then determining who the interest owners are. The company then reaches out to the owners, gets permission to drill and, when drilling is complete, provides a proportionate share of the profits from the well. This allows every shareholder to get a fair share of the profits while allowing the drilling company to access valuable resources. In some cases, one of the landowners may not consent to any drilling on their land. While many states provide legal ways to get around this lack of consent, some, like West Virginia, prohibit drilling if even one shareholder withholds consent. Generally speaking, however, it is much easier to pool for a smaller well because fewer shareholders are involved, making it less likely that someone will refuse to give consent.

  • Availability: Despite rumors, evidence suggests that there's still plenty of undiscovered shallow oil left on earth. The Yates oil field of western Texas, for example, currently features wells at depths ranging from 900 feet to 10,000-14,000 feet. In fact, the Energy Information Administration ranked Yates field 43rd in the U.S. in proved reserves as of 2009. In the opinion of many professionals in the oil industry, Yates is just one of many resources with plenty left to give. According to some, most of the undiscovered oil is 1,500 and 3,200 feet below the surface.

  • Productivity: While most expect shallow wells to dry up sooner than deeper ones, this isn't always the case. Some shallow wells last 50 years or more, though most of this functional life is spent as a stripper well. This does not mean shallow wells are any less important to the overall economy, however. Stripper wells accounted for 10% of overall U.S. oil production in 2015.

  • Cost Efficient: In terms of overall cost, shallow oil wells are less expensive to drill, maintain and produce from. They also tend to come with fewer complications at every stage — pooling is easier and less costly, permits are cheaper and easier to get and equipment is easier to maintain and replace. In total, the oil well drilling cost breakdown comes out in favor of shallow wells. One drilling specialist estimated that the average cost for a shallow well was around $200,000, while a deep well's cost totaled in the millions. This is especially true when comparing shallow oil wells to offshore platforms, which require even more money annually to maintain. The key to keeping costs low, however, is ensuring that the shallow well meets local regulations in order to avoid fines and litigation costs.

These advantages make shallow wells a worthwhile investment, especially for smaller oil companies looking to maximize their profits without much input.

The Cons of Shallow Wells

While shallow wells are very advantageous for drilling companies in terms of productivity and cost, there are several drawbacks to these types of wells. These disadvantages include the following:

  • Concentration on Deep Drilling: The widespread perception, both inside and outside the industry, is that shallow reservoirs are no longer a viable source of production, and that deep wells are where the focus should be. Over the last six decades, average well depths have steadily increased, starting at an average of 3635 feet in 1949 and jumping to 6064 feet in 2007. Some of this can be attributed to improved drilling technology and depleted resources in some areas, but negative perceptions of shallow wells also play a role.

  • Well Spacing: Part of the challenge facing shallow oil well producers is that deep and shallow reservoirs are often in the same place under the same surface. This combined with the industry-wide preference for deep drilling means that shallow reservoirs are often drilled through to reach the deeper ones. This makes shallow reservoirs significantly more difficult to produce later on. Companies often can't sublease shallow formations, either, due to both practical problems and local drilling regulations.

  • Delay Expenses: One of the most significant factors influencing oil producers' decisions is how heavily their expenses depend on production. Any delays in production and delivery can significantly affect a producer's bottom line. For example, extended equipment rentals, increased employee overtime costs and negatively affected client relationships have both short and long term implications for an oil company's profits. For this reason, many oil companies choose to drill deep to get larger reserves and ideally get more stable production numbers.

  • Legal Considerations: This brings us back to the issue of local regulations. While all oil production companies must consider local laws when setting up a drill site, sifting through the local laws is enough of a challenge without getting into whether a project is a deep well or a shallow well. Even operators pursuing shallow oil well projects have run into complications — more than one operator has erroneously pursued a permit for a shallow well when, legally, they were drilling a deep well. The subsequent civil penalties and litigation costs incurred can discourage producers from pursuing shallow oil well drilling entirely, despite the many benefits of the practice.

Because of the in-depth planning and other challenges involved in shallow oil well drilling, many companies choose not to pursue it. However, this prevents them from taking advantage of a valuable resource. Just because a company primarily works in deep drilling doesn't mean that they can't do some shallow oil well drilling as well.

High-Quality Rubber Products From Global Elastomeric Products

Despite the drawbacks of shallow oil wells in the current economy, it's important to remember that shallow oil well drilling costs are exceptionally low compared to the industry standard and especially low compared to offshore drilling. Combined with the availability and productivity benefits, this makes shallow wells a viable source of income for drilling companies of all sizes.

To make it work, however, you need parts that are reliable and replaceable from a high-quality supplier. Global Elastomeric Products can help.

Global Elastomeric Products has been producing reliable rubber products for the oil and gas industry since 1963. We offer a wide range of high-quality elastomeric products including valve seals, packer cups and shear out joints, all produced to last. We even produce custom rubber molded products for specialized applications, so you can trust Global Elastomeric Products for even your most unique design needs.

Contact Global Elastomeric Products today for more information about how our equipment can supply your next shallow oil well project, boosting your revenue and improving your delivery processes.

Elastomers Applications

Every day, we depend on a wide variety of products and materials to go about our daily lives, many of which we barely notice. One example is the elastomer — this material has become essential in numerous industries and applications. From the tires on our cars and the containers for our food to the seals and parts used in industrial equipment, elastomers are an essential part of daily life in the modern world. Despite this, many people are unaware of what elastomers are, what makes them important and how extensively they are used throughout multiple industries.

What Are Elastomers?

Most people are familiar with elastomers under the name "rubber," though this conjures a very loose idea of elastomers' properties and applications. At a chemical level, elastomers are long-chain polymers of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and silicon whose chemical structures have intermolecular crosslinks. These chemical properties result in materials that are both viscous and elastic.

A simple way to visualize this is as a ball of knotted strings. Each string represents a polymer chain, and the knots tying the strings together represent the crosslinks. When pulled under stress, the strings will easily stretch out in the direction of applied force, but the crosslinks will keep them together. When the stress is removed, the crosslinks ensure that the elastomer returns to its original configuration. Without the long strings or crosslinks, applied stress would result in a permanent deformation in the material.

The exact properties of elastomeric materials depend on how many polymeric crosslinks there are, how strong they are and how they're distributed in the material. Depending on their specific chemical structure, elastomers fall into two primary classifications:

  • Thermoset elastomers are elastomeric materials that do not melt when heated. These are the most common type of elastomer. Thermoset elastomers usually require vulcanization, which is a chemical curing process that forms crosslinks in a polymer chain to increase the rigidity and durability of rubber products.
  • Thermoplastic elastomers are elastomers that melt when heated because their crosslinks are significantly weaker, allowing the material to melt and reform without losing its elastomeric properties at operating temperature. These elastomers are generally easier to use in manufacturing, are more easily recycled and exhibit a greater ability to stretch than thermoset elastomers.

Some examples of elastomers include natural rubber, polyurethane, polybutadiene, neoprene and silicone, among others.

Properties of Elastomers

Though many people think of rubber as a bouncy, flexible material, rubber materials vary in physical properties depending on their specific type and chemical makeup. The two most essential features of elastomers, however, are viscosity and elasticity, described in more detail below:

  • Viscosity is the ability of a substance to flow. The level of viscosity of a liquid determines how quickly or slowly it flows under force. For example, when pouring oil versus water from a glass, oil has a noticeably slower flow than water, meaning that it is more viscous. Elastomers are generally very viscous, making them slow-flowing under force.
  • Elasticity is the ability of an object to return to its original shape after stretching or compressing it under force. A simple example is a rubber band — if you stretch a rubber band, it snaps back to its original form. Elastomeric polymers tend to exhibit a high level of elasticity, making them more resistant to breaking or cracking. In fact, elastomers can reversibly extend up to 700% depending on the specific material.

On top of these properties, elastomeric materials are also generally insoluble, can swell in the presence of certain solvents and have a low creep resistance. Some elastomers are resistant to heat and environmental conditions like humidity and steam. Thermosetting elastomers also can not melt but instead pass into a gaseous state.

Applications of Elastomers

Because of their unique properties, elastomers are used in a huge range of industries in a variety of applications. The following are just a few types of elastomers and how they are used in various industries:

  • Natural rubber: Consisting of the organic compound isoprene derived from the rubber plant, natural rubber is highly elastic and strong, but is susceptible to aging and swelling in the presence of oil, making it less ideal in the production of seals. Natural rubber is most commonly used to produce automotive products, wearable items like footwear and rubberized fabrics, latex products and anti-vibration materials.
  • Polyurethanes: Polyurethanes are extremely versatile in manufacturing, able to provide tough, reliable results. Generally, polyurethanes are used extensively in the textile industry to produce elastic clothing like spandex. However, thermoplastic polyurethanes are also used to manufacture shoes, cushions, cables, seals and technical parts.
  • Polybutadiene: In combination with other rubbers, namely natural rubber or styrene, polybutadiene is an essential elastomer, especially in the production of automotive tires.
  • Neoprene: This synthetic rubber is highly resistant to degradation, and is very well suited in the production of corrosion-resistant gaskets, hoses and coatings. Most famously, however, neoprene is used in wetsuits.
  • Silicone rubber: Silicone is different from other elastomers, consisting of primarily silicon and oxygen rather than carbon and hydrogen atoms. More resistant to extreme temperatures, aging and environmental factors, silicone is a great general-purpose elastomer that is commonly used in automotive, aerospace, medical, food production and consumer product applications.

These elastomers and more are used across several industries in various applications.

1. Oil and Gas Applications

Synthetic elastomers made from petroleum products are used throughout the oil and gas industry in a variety of essential applications. Some examples include:

  • Seals: Hydraulic seals are commonly used in the petroleum industry to prevent leaks, making them essential to petroleum plant functionality. Some examples include rubber seals for storage tanks and gate seals for hydroelectric dams.
  • Hoses: Hoses move oil from one place to another, and are commonly made of elastomers for maximum flexibility.

A large variety of other petroleum plant parts are also made with rubber parts. A few examples include packer cups, stripper rubbers, pipe wipers, gaskets and bladders, as well as custom rubber products. For a better idea of what's available, visit the Global Elastomeric Products products page to see our high-quality products for the oilfield industry.

2. Automotive Applications

Elastomers are used in the production of many of automotive products, including the following:

  • Tires: Tires are made with a variety of synthetic and natural elastomeric materials, which help give them excellent flexibility and durability on the road.
  • Seals and gaskets: Automotive gaskets and seals, including radiator seals, are commonly made of elastomers for their ability to effectively seal and protect parts regardless of environmental factors.
  • Vibration dampening: Elastomer materials are used to reduce vibration and noise in many applications, including the automotive industry. For example, elastomer mounts are used to prevent fans from transferring vibrations to the surrounding structure.
  • Windshield wipers: Wipers are made of elastomers, which can effectively mold to the curvature of the windshield to remove water and debris.

Elastomers are also commonly used as adhesives and mounts in vehicles, sealing and securing windshields, mirrors and other vehicle features. They're also essential in suspension systems, engine mounts, belts and hoses.

3. Industrial Applications

Depending on the specific plant, elastomers are used in a wide range of industrial applications, including:

  • Seals: Sealing rings are used in a vast range of industrial applications, and are typically made of elastomers. Thermoset rubber seals are more traditional, but thermoplastic elastomers are becoming more common because they can be produced faster.
  • Conveyor belts: Belts and belt parts are commonly made of elastomers for their ability to resist deformation over long periods of applied stress.
  • Insulation: Electrical insulation is an important part of any manufacturing operation and is usually made of high-quality elastomers.

Elastomers are also used for floor coverings, hoses, tubes and drive belts. On top of all this, elastomers are commonly produced as industrial and engineering goods, making them even more ubiquitous in the industrial sector.

4. Agricultural Applications

The agricultural industry uses elastomers at every step, from herd management to food production. Some common applications include:

  • Animal tags: Animal tags are often made of high-quality elastomers that are resistant to wear and weather damage. This is essential for herd identification and management.
  • Conveyor belts: Belts are often used to move food through production, and the belts and associated parts are primarily made of durable elastomers.

Elastomers are also used in agricultural equipment. For example, elastomers make up the gaskets, seals, hoses and dampeners that are used in tractors and other agricultural vehicles.

5. Medical Applications

Healthcare facilities use a huge variety of elastomers at every level. Elastomers are often chosen for sterility, biocompatibility and low leaching levels. Some common examples include:

  • Gloves: Latex is made of natural rubber, and these gloves are extremely common in the medical field, able to provide a barrier between caregiver and patient to maintain sterile conditions. Non-latex gloves are also made of elastomeric materials.
  • Implants and prosthetics: Implants and prosthetics are often made of medical-grade elastomers, making use of the material's flexibility to achieve specific results. For example, certain implants require some amount of flexibility for comfort, while prostheses often need soft-touch elements to improve results in daily use.

Other examples of elastomers in the medical field include catheters, diaphragms and tubing.

6. Printing Applications

3D printing is often based around thermoplastic elastomers. Many 3D printers use thermoplastic elastomers as the substrate material for printed products, and other elastomers are being explored as possibilities for future applications.

The important part about this application is that it can be used for practically any of the industries previously mentioned. 3D printing can make custom parts for industrial, medical, agricultural and consumer applications with the right material and design.

7. Other Applications

The industries listed above describe only a few of the potential applications for elastomers. These materials are also commonly found in products people use in their daily lives. Here are some examples:

  • Consumer products: Many consumer items are made with elastomeric materials, including raincoats, sponges and even pencil erasers. Many durable yet stretchy materials are also made with some type of elastomer-based textile.
  • Footwear: Elastomers are extensively used in footwear applications. Polyurethanes and natural rubbers allow for excellent flexibility, allowing footwear to move with the wearer, while also cushioning the feet and joints from impact. Additionally, some elastomers can be manipulated more freely, allowing for greater design freedom for footwear companies to keep up with current trends.
  • Sporting goods: Many sports items, including golf balls, bowling balls, footballs and protective equipment, are made of elastomers. Much of this has to do with the flexibility and shock absorbing capabilities of elastomeric materials.
  • Food storage and delivery: Various food storage and delivery systems are made of elastomers. For example, bottle cap liners, liquid delivery tubes and baby bottle nipples are all made of elastomers. Bottle cap liners are often made of thermoplastic elastomers and serve as seals to protect the contents of the bottle from the outside world. Liquid delivery tubes and baby bottle nipples, on the other hand, are commonly made of silicone for its resistance to wear and its ability to be easily sanitized. Food-grade elastomers are also widely used to produce plates, storage containers and soft grips for baby utensils, among other food-related items.
  • Housing: Many elastomers are used in the production of various construction components. For example, coolant and air conditioning hoses are commonly made from elastomeric polymers, as are certain types of insulation, roofing sheets and window profiles. In areas with seismic activity, elastomers are also used to create bearings to help buildings survive earthquakes.
  • Adhesives: Elastomer adhesives are used in a huge range of industries for their efficacy, flexibility and resistance to wear.

The key to achieving the capabilities of elastomers, however, is choosing to work with a company that can provide high-quality elastomeric products. This is where Global Elastomeric Products can help.

Get Quality Elastomers With Global Elastomeric Products

There are plenty of oilfield equipment suppliers available who can provide elastomeric products, but you need the right one to provide consistent quality every time. Working with multiple suppliers may cost you time and money figuring out which product or service is most reliable, and choosing a poor-quality supplier can cost you dearly in productivity. Global Elastomeric Products is here to help.

When you select Global Elastomeric Products, you choose a company with over 50 years of experience in the industry. We provide packer cups, oil well casings, drilling machine parts and other critical items for your business, along with custom rubber products for your unique needs. No matter what your company requires, Global Elastomeric Products can provide it all.

Contact Global Elastomeric Products today for a free quote on rubber products. Discover how Global Elastomeric Products can be the only oilfield equipment supplier you'll ever need. Get a free quote on packer cups, oil well casings or any other product in our extensive industry. We can even provide information about our custom rubber products. Learn more about elastomers and the elastomeric products Global Elastomeric Products provides by contacting us today.

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