Sunday, April 19, 2015

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Apr 15 Taxing

somehow I was able to pass over this day putting my posts out, the tax man would be unhappy.

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Morning 59 Degrees, Wind N 5 & gusting to Mph, Humidity 100%, overcast.
Afternoon 79 Degrees high for today, Wind ESE 10 Mph, Humidity 65%, mostly cloudy. Late in the afternoon the sun tried to burn thru and went to partly cloudy for a short time.

Gate wise it was a slow day, but in the afternoon a guy came to change the generator oil and filter. I told him the engine was slinging oil from the front seal and after looking himself he called for a replacement unit. He waited for the other unit to arrive then took the oil leaking unit out. The replacement unit is newer than the “oil leaker”. Latter at dinner time the re-fuel truck showed up to full the fuel (white) tank on the back of the trailer.

Only in Texas  -  A history or geography lesson for all Texans, used-to-be Texans, adopted Texans or wanna-be Texans:
No need to travel to Washington D.C.  -  Whitehouse,  Texas   75791
We even have a city named after our planet!   -  Earth,  Texas   79031
We have a city named after our state:   Texas City, Texas   77590
Exhausted?   -  Energy,  Texas   76452
Cold?  -  Blanket, Texas   76432   &  Winters, Texas 79567

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Apr 16 -17 Flooding

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Thursday, April 16, 2015
Morning 68 Degrees, Wind ESE 4 & gusting to Mph, Humidity 94%, overcast.
Afternoon 83 Degrees high for today, Wind SE 7 Humidity 62%, partly cloudy. We had some misty rain this morning to wet our walkway but cleared away to partly cloudy although the forecast is for forty percent thunder showers and darker clouds off to the east.

Slow day again for our gate traffic and some of our live in flow back guys are leaving our site, one today and one yesterday.

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Friday, April 17, 2015
Morning 73 Degrees, Wind ENE 5 & gusting to Mph, Humidity 100%,  misty fog. 
Afternoon 78 Degrees high for today, Wind NW 14 & gusting to 21 Mph, Humidity 100%, thunder, lightening and rain (during the early afternoon) and sun peeking out at sunset, rainfall about an inch and a half.

Suction cups lost their suction and the sunshades came down in the rain storm
We had a heavy thunder and lightening shower that flooded our site under Buster and our car parking area. That rain was drawn up from Mexico ahead of the low that is over Colorado giving Denver area a snow storm we might have had a few hail stones also in that as some rain sounded like rocks on the roof. The flooding went out to the cone in the center and floated the empty grey tank closer to Buster, (I moved it back).
Water on both sides of Buster
This evening the breeze is continuing to blow a drying effect on the road and lakes we have beside the dirt road here. Traffic is remaining very light and the flow back operation is winding down

The puddle was out to the middle cone

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Apr 13 MUD

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Monday, April 13, 2015
Morning 63 Degrees, Wind S 5 Mph, Humidity 85%, cloudy morning.
Afternoon 87 Degrees high for today, Wind SSE 7  Mph, Humidity 40%, mostly sunny.
Well we got the sixty percent chance of rain .36 inches of of it, and the MUD.
Buster's Lake
The rain came right after sundown last night with lightening and thunder with enough rain to pause our satellite signal for a while. During the heavy rain a couple of water trucks came in, they had been here earlier so we were able to just wave them in without going outside. NASCAR was Saturday night from Fort Worth, TX so it was a quite Sunday afternoon for golf (Master’s) on the television Sunday. Gate traffic is slow all day and diesel fuel for the generator was delivered early today, walking around in the mud before the ground started drying out.

This dry's slow as it only gets noon sun
Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Morning 63 Degrees, Wind NW 8 & gusting to  Mph, Humidity 94%, cloudy morning.
Afternoon 78 Degrees high for today, Wind NNE 10 & gusting to 18 Mph, Humidity 50%, mostly sunny. Just before two this morning we had another storm with .63 inches of Mud rain with lightening and thunder.
Sticky MUD on the left
An average day of in and out gate trucks water and pickup type and one oil truck making a few trips picking up oil from the temporary ground tanks. So the ground drying will start all over with the rain we had last night. The muddy areas are very slippery around the car and down the left side of Buster up to the generator trailer. I broke down the extra pallet we had laying by the road to make walking planks to the side and back of the car (Tan Jan). The pictures show the lake across from Buster, the wood planks behind Tan Jan and the shinny mud on the left is very slippery. The planks on the left side of Tan Jan, that shinny mud sticks to your shoes and is very slippery.

Only in Texas  -  A history or geography lesson for all Texans, used-to-be Texans, adopted Texans or wanna-be Texans:

For the kids...
Elmo, Texas 75118 Kermit, Texas 79745
Nemo, Texas 76070 Sylvester, Texas 79560
Tarzan, Texas 79783 Winnie, Texas 77665

Monday, April 13, 2015

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Apr 11 - 12

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Saturday, April 11, 2015
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind E 8 & gusting to 11 Mph, Humidity 90%, overcast morning with misty rain. Afternoon 76 Degrees, Wind ENE 10 Mph, Humidity 93%, mostly cloudy.

We had a slow day with contaminated water trucks coming and going all day and night (picking up). There were some other pickup trucks checking on the flow back workers on site and supplying water and diesel fuel. The misty rain stopped late morning and only heavy black clouds came near dark staying to our east and north.

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Sunday, April 12, 2015
Morning 57 Degrees, Wind E 2 & gusting to 4 Mph, Humidity 90%, and overcast.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind SE 9 & gusting to 17 Mph, Humidity 74%, partly sunny. With the sun breaking thru the overcast has driven out temperature up above the forecasted high of the day. This evening there are thunder showers in our area with possible Mud for tomorrow morning.

We had some rain over night but not after I was up and on duty. The road was only lightly muddy and was drying. We Bonnie was willing to stay up for a while so I spent time trying to get the water out of the washing machine, without drenching the floor. I first tried to drain the water directly out the drain hose by taking it out of the stand pipe sneaking between the machine and the wall and out the front. That got me about a half ounce of water. Then I remembered a panel on the lower front removes, but I had to remove screws in a piece of wood that “locks” the machine in the compartment. With that out a quick panel removal was done with the aid of a putty knife giving me access to the lint trap.

Now to do this without getting everything soaked with water. I found I could not pull the machine forward but was able to tip up the front. With that I got some rope tilted up the front and got the rope around both front leveling pads. With the rope I was able to lift and pull the machine forward bringing the lint trap slightly outside the compartment. The black lint trap unscrews, but I first got some aluminum foil rolled up the edge of one end and got that underneath the machine where the lint trap is located. Then with a plastic container to catch the water I was able to unscrew the lint trap some and get water to flow down the foil and into the container. Took five, three-quarters full containers to empty the drum of wet clothes. I would close the lint trap and remove the container to empty it. Many runs, no spills to empty all the water.

Now remove the lint trap completely, and found a small amount of lint and a mouse. It is a regular problem we have experienced out here in the fields. This is not the first one we have taken out of our rigs systems. In January of 2014 we had a noise in our heater blower the mouse was caught in the blower. Washing machine is now working fine.

This is the cone that was knocked over this afternoon
We had cow come a grazing along the road behind Buster in the afternoon and just before dark. In the afternoon I did not get any pictures and the cows were up close with one on the road going to the gate. The others were at the edge of the road and around the cone, knocking it over. Seeing that I went out to close the gates, which ended up causing them to depart the area with hast, and I left the gates open. We were told to keep the cows on the same side of the gates, meaning they are not allowed to pass thru the gates. This evening there was a larger group and there were more than the picture captured

Only in Texas  -  A history or geography lesson for all Texans, used-to-be Texans, adopted Texans or wanna-be Texans:

And last but not least, the Anti-Al Gore City  -  Kilgore , Texas 75662
And peoples favorites...!               Cut and Shoot, Texas 77303
Gun Barrel City, Texas 75147 West, Texas 76691 in Central Texas )
and, George West, Texas 78022 of course,  Muleshoe, Texas 79347

Yes he is looking back at me

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Apr 10 Mud

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Friday, April 10, 2015
Morning 70 Degrees, Wind NNW 13 & gusting to 21 Mph, Humidity 93%, rain showers (0.03). Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind NNW 13 & gusting to 18 Mph, Humidity 51%, partly sunny.

The raised parts are SQUISH  from the tires rolling thru the mud
We received the forty percent over night (rain) and I heard it coming down as I was waking up this morning, just made me start thinking about the MUD. There has not been any rain since I have been out playing in traffic today. The right windshield sunshade suction cups have not held with the wind we are having today, as they have probably lost the seal to the glass and the wind pulling on the sunshade. The wind is helping to dry things out, mud (overnight). Later today the left side suction cups are coming loose, between the rain, wind and time they are loosening up. With the wind north and northeast it is pulling on the right edge. I only had top and bottom suction cups on that edge, and I should add at least one suction cup mid range top to bottom. I do need to order the magnets and stop using the suction cups.

I placed my order for the magnets today I will get an e-mail when they ship. The afternoon is cooler after the front moved thru early this morning. The wind is drying the muddy road and it is almost hard now in the early afternoon.

Only in Texas  -  A history or geography lesson for all Texans, used-to-be Texans, adopted Texans or wanna-be Texans:

Other city names in Texas , to make you smile......
Best, Texas 76932          Bigfoot, Texas 78005
Cactus, Texas 79013  Dime Box, Texas 77853
Frognot, Texas 75424  Hogeye, Texas 75423
Kickapoo, Texas 75763  Notrees, Texas 79759
Old Dime Box, Texas 77853  Telegraph, Texas 76883
Telephone, Texas 75488  Twitty, Texas 79079
Veribest, Texas 76886  Whiteface, Texas 79379

Friday, April 10, 2015

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Apr 8 - 9 - MUD

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Morning 71 Degrees, Wind SE 4 Mph, Humidity 88%, Overcast morning.
Afternoon 87 Degrees, Wind SE 8 Mph, Humidity 51%, partly sunny going back to overcast. There is Mud rain in our weather forecast.

I had a mid day doctor appointment to take a beating about my blood work. Bonnie was able to get some sleep the night before and I was up early so she was able to get four hours in bed before I went off to the doctor. My A1C is high and the doctor added Januvia to my regular prescription list, I had dropped Victoza and gotten samples of Farxiga also. It was a long trip, two hundred thirty-five miles for doctor and pharmacy but I did stop for a few groceries and Brisket for diner along the way home.

closed gates over the weekend
Flow back of the oil wells started yesterday and is “scheduled” for two weeks with crews living on site working four wells. Water trucks are the other big traffic flow hauling out tanks of contaminated water with chemicals and oil. The oil brought up will be piped across the street to the tank battery there that was built there big enough to handle a number of oil wells.

We had not seen the "locals" for a while

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Thursday, April 9, 2015
Morning 66 Degrees, Wind E 7 Mph, Humidity 83%, Overcast morning going partly cloudy.
Afternoon 91 Degrees, Wind ENE 7 Mph, Humidity 43%, partly sunny. The Mud rain has not arrived yet and the weather talkers are now selling the weekend forty percent chance. 

I was up early today for Bonnie to get to bed for a good days sleep. Working the gate today before sunrise I noticed for the first time a flair burning at the well pad (picture above) taken from out gate. I was able get the new Outlook e-mail program working today, finally. Now I have to rebuild my contacts list, then find out how to save that to a thumb drive. 

So the new thing is the washing machine will not drain after rinsing a load of wash. Water trucks and others are coming and going all day, I need Bonnie rested and watching the gate for me to work on the washing machine. At least get the water out and remove the clothes. 

Only in Texas  -  A history or geography lesson for all Texans, used-to-be Texans, adopted Texans or wanna-be Texans:

Like to read about History?
Alamo, Texas 78516                       Goliad, Texas 77963
Gun Barrel City, Texas 75156        Robert  Lee, Texas 76945
Santa Anna, Texas 76878
Need Office Supplies?   -   Staples, Texas 78670
Want to go into outer space?   -  Venus, Texas 76084   &   Mars, Texas  79062
You guessed it. It's on the state line.   =  Texline, Texas   79087 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Apr 6 - 7

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Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Monday, April 6, 2015
Morning 70 Degrees, Wind E 6 Mph, Humidity 88%, cloudy morning.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind S 6 Mph, mostly cloudy.

We had gate traffic today with a couple of companies clearing out and others starting up operations. My other problem came back with getting my email to display in Outlook. I think Outlook 2003 is dead as there is no support or the possibility of getting the updates for the software. I have downloaded the 2013 on a trial and that is also giving me problems. part of the incoming traffic was the "tanks" for flow back, trailers with one set of tandem wheels (no picture yet) that are used as temporary storage. these trailers are like a large square box and can be connected together to make one large tank. As these trailers have only one axle it cannot be used to carry liquid on the highway.

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Morning 66 Degrees, Wind ESE 5 Mph, Humidity 100%, cloudy morning.
Afternoon 92 Degrees, Wind SE 14 & gusting to 21 Mph, Humidity 46%, partly sunny.

Flow back, here at the well pad is starting;
“Flow back is a process in which fracture fluid is recovered from the well to the surface. The process may also include the return of any energized gases that have been injected into the well during the fracturing process such as nitrogen or carbon dioxide. The purpose of the flow back is to safely recover these substances from the well and transition the marketable hydrocarbons (oil or natural gas) of the well stream to a sales pipe line or storage tank”.

This is a 24-7 operation which for us means we have “live on site people”.  They bring in campers for the workers to sleep on the well pad. But with people here 24-7 there is always someone coming back in or going to the store or another well pad. The gate becomes like a regular revolving door operation of vehicles in and out. Sometimes it seems like only a few do the work and the rest are runners going and coming all the time.

Only in Texas  -  A history or geography lesson for all Texans, used-to-be Texans, adopted Texans or wanna-be Texans:

Feel like traveling outside the country? You do not need to;
Athens, Texas 75751 Canadian, Texas 79014
China, Texas 77613 Dublin, Texas 76446
Egypt, Texas 77436 Ireland, Texas 76538
Italy, Texas 76538         London, Texas 76854
New London, Texas 75682 Palestine, Texas 75801
Paris, Texas 75460        Turkey, Texas 79261