David Yager

David Yager is a long-time industry commentator and an oilfield service management consultant in Calgary.


​What is an oil company? We need to keep asking: Yager

Friday, September 22, 2017, 2:56 PM MDT

What is an oil company? It is not just a corporate entity exploring for and producing oil and gas. All…

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​Get ready for the oil price spike—in 2020: Yager

Friday, August 18, 2017, 2:05 PM MDT

A remarkable consensus has emerged among the world’s oil price crystal ball gazers. Demand continues to grow. Global spending cutbacks…

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The people problem in oilfield services has shifted from firing to hiring: Yager​

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 2:35 PM MDT

“People who need people are the luckiest people in the world,” goes the song sung by Barbra Streisand in the…

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​Why the oil service industry of the future looks the same as the past: Yager

Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 6:03 PM MDT

Reams have been written about how the oil and gas industry of the future will be different. For many, it…

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Real oil service recovery still in the future

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 8:43 AM MDT

The good news is the battered oilfield service (OFS) industry is participating in the recovery. The bad news is how…

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​How oil and gas became the safest industry in Alberta: Yager

Monday, April 17, 2017, 2:30 PM MDT

It was early 1987 when Jim Dinning, Alberta’s then–minister of community and occupational health, blew a gasket and started phoning…

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Canada’s oilpatch should not fret about the Permian Basin: Yager

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30 AM MST

A Financial Post headline on February 17 declared “The Permian Basin: An existential threat to Canadian oil as the war…

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​Clear signs of recovery for oil service companies: Yager

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7:43 AM MST

The most frequently referenced barometer of oil service prosperity is the number of active drilling rigs. But this is only…

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Four important downturn lessons for oilfield services as recovery builds: Yager

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:55 AM MST

They say hindsight is 20/20: It’s easy to know the right thing to do after something has happened, but it’s…

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Canadian nation-building is meaningless to pipeline 'activists': Yager

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 7:41 AM MST

“I want Justin Trudeau to do the right thing. If [the government] approves the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, they will see…

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Yager: I’m a shale oil skeptic and here’s why

Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:37 AM MST

Will North American light tight oil, or shale, stop the ongoing oil price recovery at US$60/bbl? Can the battered exploration…

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​Yager: Oil and gas service companies are cautiously rehiring

Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:45 AM MDT

“People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” Written in 1964 for the Broadway musical Funny Girl…

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