Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Texas RV San Antonio, TX Mar 18 - 20

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Saturday, March 18, 2017
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind SSE at 4 to 7 Mph, Humidity 92%, overcast, fog.
Afternoon 85 Degrees, Wind SE at 2 to 9 Mph, Humidity %, mostly sunny.

Slower today Saturday, only frack and pipeline work and the pipeline workers went home early afternoon. Regular shift changes for the frack crew. Cleaning up around Buster preparing to move tomorrow. We move off our “spot” for the new guard to have the “spot” to park.

Busters replacement

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Sunday, March 19, 2017
Morning 59 Degrees, Wind SE at 3 to 4 Mph, Humidity 93%, overcast fog.
Afternoon 8 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity %, sunny.

It was a lot of work for me to finish picking up and getting Buster moved. The best part was there was a problem in side at frack with no sand trucks running in and out the gate. After shift change the gate was quite so all my attention wasa on my work getting moved. The replacement guard arrived while I was still getting ready to move so they just had to wait on me. I pulled up and backed Buster up the hill parallel to the road, just for overnight parking. We sat with the replacement explaining all that is going on at the gate for the rest of the day. Buster sat there with the generator on for power and air conditioning. Late they got the problem solved and work resumed and sand trucks started again.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Monday, March 20, 2017
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind SE at 3 to 6 Mph, Humidity 93%, mostly cloudy.
We were there to help with the shift change (waiting for daylight)
Buster moved from the gate just before nine rolling slowly out the dirt road filled with pot holes. Once we got to the paved road I pulled Buster over to connect Tan Jan to the tow bar. Buster turned onto the interstate highway headed north.

Texas RV San Antonio, TX
Afternoon 88 Degrees, Wind ESE at 3 to 4 Mph, Humidity 35%, partly cloudy.

In Pearsall buster got a drink of diesel fuel ($ 2.299). I knew I could pull in easy with the car connected. On to San Antonio a total drive of one hundred thirty three miles. Traffic on the service road getting off the interstate was stop and go for a mile getting thru a traffic light. We arrived here at noon and went to lunch. After lunch we made an appointment for Tan Jan to get the windshield replaced. Cracked from rocks.








Sunday, March 19, 2017

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Mar 11 - 17

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Sunday, March 12, 2017
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind ENE at 3 to 8 Mph, Humidity 92%, overcast.
Afternoon 64 Degrees, Wind SSE at 3 to 6 Mph, Humidity 75%, mostly cloudy.

Nice slow Sunday only the frack shift changes and deliveries of chemicals and sand.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Monday, March 13, 2017
Morning 53 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 3 Mph, Humidity 93%, overcast, misty.
Afternoon 69 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 2 Mph, Humidity 80%, mostly cloudy.

Mail & milk, went to Asherton and Carrizo Springs for the mail and milk shopping. Preparing to leave the gate in a week. Part of the preparation is using supplies on hand thinning down our stock of supply. Mail was sent for the last time here and next month we will be relocated in the free world, free from a gate.
 
Pipeline work and other projects are having a larger crew coming on site working today, o it is Monday yes everyone is coming back and new ones starting up busy day.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Morning 50 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 2 Mph, Humidity 92%, mostly cloudy fog.
Afternoon 74 Degrees, Wind S at  to  Mph, Humidity 47%, mostly sunny.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Morning 52 Degrees, Wind SE at 3 to 7 Mph, Humidity 91%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 75 Degrees, Wind SE at 7 to 13 Mph, Humidity 50%, mostly cloudy.

Two average days gate wise, but I am picking up and getting ready to roll. We leave next Monday for San Antonio and get some work done on buster at Texas RV Supply. The bed room slide out topper needs to be repla and the air conditioner need professional help.  


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Thursday, March 16, 2017
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 7 Mph, Humidity 91%, overcast.
Afternoon 81 Degrees, Wind SSE at 2 to 16 Mph, Humidity 58%, partly sunny.

More flex pipe delivered today for the pipeline project. Fracking and sand continues.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Friday, March 17, 2017
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind SSE at 5 to 7 Mph, Humidity 91%, sunny.
Afternoon 85 Degrees, Wind SSE at 4 to 13 Mph, Humidity 45%, sunny.

Busy day with vehicles coming in before the weekend, deliveries and crew shift change.
Sand trucks just keep coming and going. I went to the Walmart for a prescription got back to Buster checking it and finding there was only half the product requiring a return trip to correct the problem. There were cattle coming as I i returned from Walmart stayed away from the gate and went  up the road to the west.






Friday, March 17, 2017

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - March 7 - 11

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 94%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 71 Degrees, Wind E at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 94%, overcast, rain.
 
Busy day with sand trucks and other projects now working on the ranch.

Sand Truck coming in 

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind E at 5 to 8 Mph, Humidity 64%, overcast.
Afternoon 72 Degrees, Wind S at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity %, partly sunny.

Pretty much done with the front two lighter area on Buster’s front, clearing off the diamond shield. Looking good as the color is brighter and clear. With the old diamond shield cracking and getting dirty under the surface it made Buster look old and tired.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Thursday, March 9, 2017
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind SE at 3 to 6 Mph, Humidity 94%, overcast.
Afternoon 80 Degrees, Wind SSE at 11 to 23 Mph, Humidity 80%, overcast, rain.

.25 inch of rain and mud as that mud sticks to your shoes like glue. All the work is continuing at the frack with shift changes twice a day. The other work like the piping job slows down with the weather.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Friday, March 10, 2017
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 94%, overcast.
Afternoon 75 Degrees, Wind SE at 5 to 28 Mph, Humidity 94%, rain then partly cloudy.

More rain .125 inch plus mud I have to avoid going to the car or around Buster. Walking to the gate is not bad as the road drains to the sides, yes it is dirt but it is not sticky mud like the side area where we are parked. Working in this wet weather is very tiring with everything outside wet.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Saturday, March 11, 2017
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 4 Mph, Humidity 95%, overcast.
Afternoon 78 Degrees, Wind ENE at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 77%, mostly cloudy.
Rainy day drainage
Morning and afternoon entertainment, cows coming down to Buster’s area walking and eating there way to and from Buster.

Only frack crew shift change in and out morning and night.








Saturday, March 11, 2017

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Mar 1 - 6

Busters Gate Catarina, TX  - Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Morning 64 Degrees, Wind NNW at 4 to 10 Mph, Humidity 91%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 80 Degrees, Wind ENE at 11 to 22 Mph, Humidity 22%, partly sunny.

Another busy gate traffic day and sand trucks. We have the piping and welders again working at the frack pad. There are others coming in for a pipeline from the well pad running across the ranch. Surveyors plotting the route for the pipeline, mulching machine clearing the pipeline route.

Sand Truck coming in 
Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Thursday, March 2, 2017
Morning 48 Degrees, Wind NE at 7 to 9 Mph, Humidity 44%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 70 Degrees, Wind ENE at 9 to 23 Mph, Humidity 13%, partly sunny.

Busy day all over the ranch. The fracking stopped during the early morning before I was up, so there were no sand trucks running in and out the gate. Reconfiguring and wellhead valve changes kept our gate traffic busy all day.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Friday, March 3, 2017
Morning 52 Degrees, Wind NW at 3 to 6 Mph, Humidity 44%, overcast.
Afternoon 68 Degrees, Wind SE at 6 to 11 Mph, Humidity 41%, overcast.

 Another all over the ranch busy work day and nine truck loads of flexible pipe arrived at the ranch gate for the pipeline. These were large spools sixteen hundred feet long on each spool. The frack pad was busy with re-configuring trucks for the next phase of the frack and piping with welders.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Saturday, March 4, 2017
Morning 56 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 82%, overcast, rain.
Afternoon 61 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity 75%, overcast.

A little over an inch of rain starting last night and continuing into the afternoon today. The frack restarted today late morning with sand trucks showing up at the gate before noon. It was later in the day before they were coming back out. Sand was last delivered Thursday filling the sand towers in preparation for the next operation at the well pad.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Sunday, March 5, 2017
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 94%, overcast.
Afternoon 78 Degrees, Wind S at 4 to 9 Mph, Humidity 74%, partly sunny.
Cattle coming to Buster from the east
Nice slow Sunday with only the frack operation working today. Entertainment arrived this morning, cows showed coming from the east visiting Buster’s left side then went back where they came from.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Monday, March 6, 2017
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 4 Mph, Humidity 93%, overcast.
Afternoon 85 Degrees, Wind S at 4 to 15 Mph, Humidity 72%, partly sunny.

Morning entertainment after the shift change was over we had cattle coming from the west down the road to our location. There were at least a couple on the south side (narrow atrip) but most on the north side (wide grassy). A few were back and forth across the road getting some eating from both sides. We did have sand trucks and other vehicles coming and going slow thru the area where the cattle were.

They seemed to spend a long time here at Buster as my wife had left in Tan Jan to get a few things from the store. The cows were sniffing around like dogs smelling everything even our chair sitting in front of Buster. I had vehicles coming in while they were here and I was keeping the gate closed while they were in the area. One of the calf’s tried tugging at the plastic bag on top of the garbage can so I made a noise to scare it away, it worked. Then they were gone walking on down east of Buster’s left side and it is not even nine o’clock.

Busy work day with workers coming in for piping and pipeline work after a weekend off.








Saturday, March 4, 2017

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Feb - 24 - 28

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Friday, February 24, 2017
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind NNE at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 93%, sunny.
Afternoon 87 Degrees, Wind NNW at 14 to 23 Mph, Humidity 9%,sunny .

Up extra early for a quick trip into Laredo Lowe’s. I was there by six fifteen and picked up a new portable air conditioner (14,000 BTU). Our other one broke something on the blower. I had to rework the opening in the window board I use for the exit air duct. The hose for this new unit has a larger diameter hose and the fitting is an oval shape where the other one was round.
Portable Air Conditioner
I was able to get that done between vehicles coming and going from our gate while my wife went to sleep. I had the new portable air conditioner up and running in an hour and a half.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Saturday, February 25, 2017
Morning 45 Degrees, Wind NE at 5 to 6 Mph, Humidity 69%, sunny.
Afternoon 68 Degrees, Wind SE at 12 to 15 Mph, Humidity 28%, sunny.

Other than the frack continuing and piping crew in today. I am still working on Busters front hood removing the diamond shield adhesive. It is a slow process removing the adhesive. The actual plastic comes off fairly easy. The adhesive varies as to how much the sun has dried or aged over time.

Sand Truck
Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Sunday, February 26, 2017
Morning 53 Degrees, Wind ESE at 5 to 9 Mph, Humidity 81%, overcast.
Afternoon 79 Degrees, Wind W at 6 to 8 Mph, Humidity 40%, mostly sunny.

No piping or welders today and the fracking continues. Chemical tanker trucks, chemical container, diesel fuel tanker truck. And sand trucks in and out all day.

My work on Buster continues removing the adhesive is a long time process. The two lighter colors are looking good across the front now.

Buster looking good up front
Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Monday, February 27, 2017
Morning 63 Degrees, Wind variable at 1 to 5 Mph, Humidity 93%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 85 Degrees, Wind variable at 0 to 1 Mph, Humidity 43%, mostly sunny.

Typical Monday heaver traffic and sand trucks coming and going day and night.
Our portable air conditioner is working very well keeping Buster cool. With that running the front foof air conditioner only comes on part time in the higher ambient temperatures otherwise it is off. Thasat is important to is as the roof air conditioner has a higher noise level when it is operating.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Morning 68 Degrees, Wind variable at 1 to 2 Mph, Humidity 91%, overcast.
Afternoon 88 Degrees, Wind SE at 7 to 14 Mph, Humidity 39%,partly sunny.

Fracking continuing with sand trucks coming and going day and night. Other areas of the ranch are getting above average activity during the daylight hours. Here we are the end of the second month of the year already as the year seems to be going fast.









Sunday, February 26, 2017

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Feb 19 - 23

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Sunday, February 19, 2017
Morning 68 Degrees, Wind ESE at 5 to 14 Mph, Humidity 90%, overcast.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind E at 4 to 10 Mph, Humidity 90%, overcast, rain shower.

Coiled tubing left last night, picture from a web site, as I was not up when they went out. They were here six and a half days that’s the longest we have had the coiled tubing trucks on a site.

Coiled Tubing Truck
Lots of sand trucks in and out today, busy and fracking now that coiled tubing is done clearing the hole.

Last night and this morning and cows for the first time since we are on this ranch. They came this morning from Busters right side and went on down past the left side out of sight. These are longhorn and a couple of brama. They are interesting to watch meandering down and past Buster.

Cattle on Busters left side
Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Monday, February 20, 2017
Morning 58 Degrees, Wind WNW at 2 to 7 Mph, Humidity 92%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 78 Degrees, Wind W at 4 to 13 Mph, Humidity 32%, mostly sunny.

Our entertainment came thru this part of the ranch again today, longhorn cows. Fracking and sand trucks continue.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Morning 51 Degrees, Wind W at 5 to 12 Mph, Humidity 69%, sunny.
Afternoon 85 Degrees, Wind WNW at 5 to 8 Mph, Humidity 26%, sunny.

Buster work continues cleaning the diamond shield of the front of Buster. This is no job for wimps like me, it is a big job and we are only trying to do one area. The two lighter colors across the front. Cutting the glue and wiping it off is the lingering process. The plastic is coming off pretty easy with the hair dryer and a putty knife. Blowing the hot air onto the putty knife and towards the diamond shield and light pressure on the knife the glue is releasing the plastic diamond shield. Now the glue remaining on the surface I am using Goof Off a plastic putty knife and rags

I was able to work without a lot of interruptions because there were no sand trucks coming and going from the work pad. They were changing out equipment most of the day.

one area cleaned one not
Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Morning 57 Degrees, Wind NW at 5 to 8 Mph, Humidity 54%, sunny.
Afternoon 92 Degrees, Wind WSW at 5 to 14 Mph, Humidity 15%, sunny.

Work continues on Buster working the adhesive removal. The diamond shield is off in the area of the two lighter colors. The dark brown below and above we are not attempting right now.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Thursday, February 23, 2017
Morning 52 Degrees, Wind W at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 75%, sunny.
Afternoon 98 Degrees, Wind SSW at 3 to 14 Mph, Humidity %, .

Piping crew and welders returned to work the site today. Fracking continues with sand trucks all day and night. The temperature was unbearable for sleeping today. Our portable air conditioner broke a few weeks ago, it is winter time who needs air conditioning now, we do. Ninety eight degrees for the high today. I was out side under our canopy working the diamond shield removal and running the gate. The breeze and the shade from the canopy it was not too bad. Busters dark color is like a magnet to the sun pulling the heet in and the air conditioner does not keep up. The rear air conditioner must be low on refrigerant as it runs but the air coming out is not very cold. That is on our list to be repaired in San Antonio As we cannot do that here at the gate.

Chemical container









Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Feb 14 - 18

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Morning 52 Degrees, Wind NW at 9 to 14 Mph, Humidity 92%, Rain.
Afternoon 65 Degrees, Wind NW at 9 to 19 Mph, Humidity 53%, partly cloudy.

The welder was here again today to add small end caps. Without them the bolt could pass thru the opening or blow open as it did Sunday afternoon. He also placed a latch and chain on the fence post to hold the gate open.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Morning 45 Degrees, Wind NNW at 3 to 8 Mph, Humidity 72%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 63 Degrees, Wind WNW at 12 to 16 Mph, Humidity %, mostly sunny.

Work continues fracking and coiled tubing.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Thursday, February 16, 2017
Morning 45 Degrees, Wind NNE at 5 to 6 Mph, Humidity 65%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 70 Degrees, Wind SSE at 2 to 3 Mph, Humidity 35%, partly cloudy.

Sand trucks just keep coming day and night, we never know when one or more are to be going in or out the gate. Shift change for the crews on site are between four and six thirty morning and afternoon. During the day there are other vehicles coming for services or “information” gathering, what’s happening or how are things going.
Empty Chemical container leaving the gate
A sand truck on site time varies as to how things are going. Good times about an hour or two to actually unload. Then there is wait time if the fracking slows. Loaded trucks wait for a unloading “spot” there are seven spots to unload into to sand towers that dispense the sand to the frack. The sand is blown off the truck using a truck mounted air pump that supplies air to the bottom and top of the sand “tank”. Single trucks can unload faster than multiple trucks unloading at the same time.

Sand Truck coming in

Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Friday, February 17, 2017
Morning 47 Degrees, Wind variable, calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 84%, sunny.
Afternoon 81 Degrees, Wind variable at 2 to 5 Mph, Humidity 30%, sunny.

Busy Friday nothing special just more vehicles coming and going. Extra people checking things on the frack site and more coming to check on the existing wells and equipment. We also are having water trucks coming and going. Removing water from the “flow back that takes place. Most of the water that is used for fracking does come back up and has to be “disposed” off site.


Busters Gate Catarina, TX - Saturday, February 18, 2017
Morning 51 Degrees, Wind SE at 2 to 7 Mph, Humidity 74%, sunny.
Afternoon 85 Degrees, Wind variable at 4 to 13 Mph, Humidity 25%, sunny.

Kind of a slow day without the extra vehicles coming thru the gate.

We started a day or two ago removing the diamond shield from the front of Buster we started on the movable cover for the generator access. The diamond shield has cracked or checked and the lighter color it shows thru more. The cracked area is an opening exposing the adhesive still there and is collecting dirt. We are able to remove the plastic with a heet gun and putty knife. Actually applying the heet to the knife. The adhesive softens and the knife gets under the plastic and it is removed. Now we deal with removing the adhesive.


Left side and right side with diamond shield checked