Saturday, April 7, 2012

Wellsville Welcomes Anchor Drilling Fluids

At this week's Village Council meeting, in her report, Mayor Susan Haugh welcomed a company new to Wellsville to town. Haugh announced that Anchor Drilling Fluids USA will be establishing a presence at the Port Authority's Intermodal Park. Headquartered in Tulsa, OK, Anchor Drilling Fluids is one of the largest suppliers of drilling “muds” in the United States. According to Wikipedia “drilling fluid is a fluid used to aid the drilling of boreholes into the earth, often used while drilling oil and natural gas wells and on exploration drilling rigs. Liquid drilling fluid is often called drilling mud”. With over 40 years of experience in the business Anchor Drilling Fluids has operations in 13 states and has a District Office in Cranberry Twp., PA, just north of Pittsburgh.

According to a recent Tom Giambroni article in The Review, Anchor Drilling is in a joint venture with Cimbar Performance Minerals “to process lubricants used in oil and gas drilling”. “It is not part of the hydraulic fracturing process used to extract the natural gas” in the Marcellus shale according to that same article.

Mayor Haugh reported that Anchor Drilling Fluids CEO Bob West was in Wellsville recently to explain the operations to her and the Service Administrator. Haugh noted Mr. West “will be back when all the permits are in place and ready to be signed”. The new business is expected to employ at least 20 people once they are in operation.

Pictured here are several “black barrels”, as the Mayor calls them, in place at the Intermodal Park. The tanks will hold the mixed drilling mud ready for transportation to drilling sites once they are assembled.

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