With all of the oil in Permian Basin, there is always the potential for an oil spill. But there is a company that claims it can prevent those spills from ever happening.
Their services are the equivalent to a home alarm system but for the oil industry. Quest Automated Services gives oil and gas companies complete control of their site without having to be there to monitor it.
The Vice-President of Quest Automated Services, Adam Cooper, said, "it allows you to remotely turn on and off your wells, it allows you to see exactly what's in your tanks. How much oil, how much water. At any time, anywhere, as long as you have a device that connects to the Internet."
An oil spill can cost companies thousands even millions of dollars, which is money saved if you can prevent the spill in the first place.
"Anytime a line pressure spikes or drops, there could be a hole in the line if it drops to zero, which could become a disaster for a company and cost them millions of dollars," Cooper said.
A gauge man or pumper would normally check the site once every 24 hours, leaving many sites unattended for hours. But with this system,"they can have access to the site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, anybody can get on it at anytime as long as they have a password," Cooper said.
In the case of an emergency, the site can be completely shut down through the users phone or by Quest Automated Services.
"If anything is to ever go wrong, they can shut it down, anywhere in the world. They can be on the beach on vacation and if something goes wrong they can either take care of it or we'll take care of it for them," Cooper said.
Their services can cost as low as $75 per month, depending on the monitoring equipment needed for the site.
"Compare a couple hundred dollars a month to $250,000 clean up costs plus the lost production, there's no comparison to what they should be doing to what they were doing," Cooper said.
For more information on Quest Automated Services, you can visit them on the web at