The Oil Rig of the Future, Sans Human Roughnecks

There has been a furry of executive orders this past week, including the reinstallation of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Many are wondering if this new administration (especially with the former Exxon CEO at State) will be a boom for the Energy sector. Since falling off its high of $115 dollars a barrel in June 2014, the oil and gas industry has been forced to reassess its over-bloated costs by embracing automation to replace jobs that are just too dangerous for humans.

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