As the end of the year approaches, here’s a recap of some of the top stories on If you missed any of these, now is your chance to catch up. Enjoy this look back at 2014.

10. Storage Tank Sandblasting 101

Sandblasting services aren’t new but are gaining momentum. An oil services and repair company owner explains how storage tank sandblasting saves oilfield companies money, time and labor.

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9. How To Choose the Best Frac Tank

When shopping for a frac tank, take the time to do your research and be sure to first determine what type of tank will meet your needs. Here’s a guide to help the frac tank-buying process.

8. 10 Things You Should Know About the Oil Industry

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Think you know everything there is to know about the oil industry? A few of these facts may surprise you.

7. Brine Water for Dust Control?

Using brine water to control dust or eliminate ice on roads has attracted the attention of several counties in North Dakota and states nationwide because of a relatively low cost. Here’s a look at the growing and cost-effective trend.

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6. 5 Tank Truck Rollover Myths Debunked

Tank truck rollovers remain a major issue for truck drivers. Are your drivers at risk? See how much you really know about these potentially fatal accidents and use these myths in your next safety training session.

5. Oilsand Extraction Technology Could Be a Game Changer

Canadian oilsands have earned a bad rap. But a new technology being used in Utah could change the way oilsands oil extraction is viewed in the United States. 

4. Scoring Success With Diesel Mechanics Training

A two-year degree in diesel mechanics has afforded many students the building blocks to obtain careers in the oilfields, coal mines, railroads, heavy equipment dealers or truck repair shops, among others. See what a Missoula College program director has to say about this training. 

3. Giant Excavator Finds a Home in Texas

Imagine a bucket that, when placed on the back of a semi-truck, sits 20 feet high, requires power lines to be lifted and traffic lights to be removed in order to move it. Check out this massive dragline excavator, commissioned by VR Steel.

2. Frac Water Recycling Technology Demos Hit the Road

OriginOil made several stops this summer on a tour demonstrating a new technology used to recycle frac flowback and produce water. The company is confident larger commercial systems will work as well as their smaller prototype. The results speak for themselves.

1. Silica Sand Mining: Put Environmental Controversy to Rest
Wisconsin is the nation’s leading producer of frac sand. With that comes controversy. Learn how a sand mining company worked to change public perception by being a responsible steward of the environment.

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