Saturday, January 20, 2018

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Jan 15 - 18

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Monday, January 15, 2018
Morning 51 Degrees, Wind ENE at calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 99%, cloudy.
Afternoon 73 Degrees, Wind ESE at 7 to 14 Mph, Humidity 37%, partly sunny.

Sand trucks day and night, along with the shift vehicles coming and going, busy days and nights. This job it is back to the tridisional sand trucks.

Sand Truck
Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Morning 38 Degrees, Wind N at 15 to 25 Mph, Humidity 97%, cloudy rain.
Afternoon 32 Degrees, Wind N at 4 to 5 Mph, Humidity 51%, cloudy.

This morning is the high temperature for the day. The frack job compered today, to us we see a change in vehicles coming and going from the gate. The rain stopped after about a tenth of an inch by eleven this morning but it got and stayed colder.

For this cold weather I put water in Busters tank and disconnect and drain the water hose and filter. I have a small heater in the water bay to prevent freezing.

Along with the sand trucks not coming and going from the gate the refuel trucks departed before I went off shift. Diesel fuel to operate the pressure trucks is serviced by a fuel company and they keep two straight trucks on site to refuel these trucks and diesel electric generators. Every day at least one eight thousand gallon diesel trailer is delivered some days two. My wife was busy with the frack pressure trucks going out, they came in just before Christmas.

Frack Pressure truck

Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Morning 31 Degrees, Wind NE at 3 to 5 Mph, Humidity 38%, cloudy.
Afternoon 36 Degrees, Wind E at 6 to 10 Mph, Humidity 30%, mostly cloudy.

Sand equipment departed three silo and two conveyer trailers. One “dribbled” on its way out. The sand is very fine reminding me of a lime chalk line.  Late this afternoon a coiled tubing convoy came in to the well site, they will be setting plugs in the well.


Buster’s Gate, San Roman, TX - Thursday, January 18, 2018
Morning 33 Degrees, Wind NNE at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 50%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 43 Degrees, Wind ESE at 3 to 6 Mph, Humidity 31%, mostly cloudy.

Slower day, with some of the traffic is the water supply crew removing the water main hose. They have trailers that roll the hose onto big reals, four dections per trailer about six hundred feet of hose per section. The frack involves sand, water chemicals and jell. All put in with high pressure.


Water main hose trailer

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Buster's Gate - January 1 - 14

Buster's Gate - January 1 - 14
It has been very mundane vehicles in vehicles out day after day. Last Sunday they lost a tool down the hole and that slowed everything for three days. Since then traffic has picked up with sand truck and water removal trucks coming and going. There are shift changes twice a day with the in traffic starting about four-thirty and the outs down about six-thirty.
Rahlee laying on the work dashboard
There are “runners” (vehicles) run out to get something and run back in to the work site. The site is about four miles in from our location here at the gate.

We have had some cold nights (under thirty degrees) and I was not prepared for the freezing weather and our water hose was frozen in the morning so I switched to internal water until it thawed out. The next night I prepared ahead of time and shutoff the water and drained the hose using internal water. Most days are warming to over sixty degrees and one day this week there were north wind gusts over forty miles an hour.
Rahlee in the "Pepsi" "tunnel"
Frack is winding down and will finish soon then a work over rig will come in then flow back crew for about ten days.




Monday, January 1, 2018

Buster’s Gate - Encinal, TX - Dec 19 - 25




Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX - Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Morning 61 Degrees, Wind NNW at calm, Humidity 96%, cloudy rain overnight.
Afternoon 66 Degrees, Wind SSW at 5 to 14 Mph, Humidity 90%, cloudy, rain.

We had rain overnight but there is no mud as the yard is all blacktop. Just a little more work on Buster to go, we will complete today. I texted the gate coordinator we will go the Crystal City camp to wait for a gate and received the ok reply.

After we had breakfast we did our usual shopping for a few things and I got a call for a gate tomorrow north of Ladero. Now back to buster and get ready to roll. We got on the road about one and went for diesel fuel for Buster then interstate ten to interstate thirty-five south Ladero. We pulled up at the gate about four o’clock.

I understood it is the gate we were at in September, but no it is north of the interchange. We get Buster set and the coordinator showed up with the generator trailer about dark, we do not like the short daylight days of December. We start working in the morning.   


Buster’s Gate - Encinal, TX - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Morning 55 Degrees, Wind SW at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 91%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 75 Degrees, Wind W at 5 to 9 Mph, Humidity 29%, partly sunny.

This gate is three and a half miles north from the gate we had in September. There are two big differences, noise and parking. Yes the road (interstate thirty-five) and railroad tracks are almost as close but, there is no railroad crossing to blow the train horn for directly across from us. The truck traffic is up to speed after stopping at the Boarder Patrol check station so there is a noticeable lower noise level at this gate.   

Sand delivery today as three sand silo’s were brought in last night.


Buster’s Gate - Encinal, TX - Thursday, December 21, 2017
Morning 50 Degrees, Wind SW at calm, Humidity 86%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 79 Degrees, Wind ESE at 4 to 12 Mph, Humidity 60%, mostly sunny.

We work thru Saturday night then three days holiday 


Buster’s Gate - Encinal, TX - Friday, December 22, 2017
Morning 71 Degrees, Wind NNW at 1 to 4 Mph, Humidity 100%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 80 Degrees, Wind N at 8 to 23 Mph, Humidity 55%, mostly cloudy.

I am coming down with “something” the mountain cedar has been high and I am taking my allergy tablet daily but I am going down coughing and runny nose. 

Buster’s Gate - Encinal, TX - Saturday, December 23, 2017
Morning 45 Degrees, Wind NW at 3 to 5 Mph, Humidity 75%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 64 Degrees, Wind N at 3 to 7 Mph, Humidity 32%, mostly sunny.

I drug my self thru the day kind of warn out with all we have done this past week. I am expecting my wife to also come down with this crud. It is not fun working not feeling well, used to think nothing of working with a cold in our younger years. We are using a box of tissues a day now, but we did stock up ahead of time.


Buster’s Gate - Encinal, TX - Sunday, December 24, 2017
Morning 47 Degrees, Wind N at calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 78%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 73 Degrees, Wind ENE at 6 to 16 Mph, Humidity 21%, partly sunny.

We are off today but I am “not into it”. Everything is closed tomorrow so we are eating out today and shopping today. We went to Longhorn steak house and I could not finish my meal. I eat about one-third and brought the rest home in a take out box. We did HEB shopping then over to Walmart, I waited in the Tan Jan and napped.


Buster’s Gate - Encinal, TX - Monday, December 25, 2017
Morning 39 Degrees, Wind N at 5 to 8 Mph, Humidity 80%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 50 Degrees, Wind ENE at 5 to 9 Mph, Humidity 70%, mostly cloudy.

Well if we are not working we can not seem to stay home at Buster. Coming home yesterday after we drove past a truck stop, and talked about having breakfast there today. Wait a minute we did want to do that yesterday but got up too late for that to happen. Today it workrd pretty good and plenty of others having breakfast.



Sunday, December 24, 2017

Texas RV Supply, Dec 15 - 18



Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX - Friday, December 15, 2017
Morning 46 Degrees, Wind WSW at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 53%, cloudy.
Afternoon 58 Degrees, Wind N at 8 to 15 Mph, Humidity 36%, partly cloudy.

Maintenance for Buster, front door and entry step need work. Busters Splendide washer/dryer will be replaced the valve on the black tank outlet and investigate a water leak at the front end of the right slide out.

While that is being done we will get Tan Jan washed. Then run around shopping I need a new pillow at kohls. Walmart for prescriptions then check back at Buster. For dinner we went to Whole Foods I wanted pizza and my wife wanted soup and salad. We had the air put in the front tires of Tan Jan and there was another store but my memory went south.


Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX - Saturday, December 16, 2017
Morning 46 Degrees, Wind S at calm, Humidity 85%, cloudy, showers.
Afternoon 51 Degrees, Wind S at 3 to 16 Mph, Humidity 65%, cloudy, rain.

Home depot today for a kitchen soap dispenser. The RV service is closed for the weekend so Buster is resting after the washer dryer replacement work yesterday. Just getting the Splendide washer dryer out of the cabinet required removing the doors from the cabinet with the hinges. Then to get it out of the bedroom requires removing three doors and another cabinet door in the hallway. The weight also requires two men for the move, a real project. Them there is the connections, two water hoses electric and dryer vent hose. But we now have a working Splendide 2100XC washer dryer.

Buster’s front door check was making noise, the easy fix we had them remove the door check. To fix correctly would require welding and that heat would cause damage to the paint finish on the outside of the door. We can do with out that and work around the door check not being there. The walk in step was supported better to fix that movement when walking inside. That was all completed Friday and they do not work on the weekend, so we are just chilling today.


Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX - Sunday, December 17, 2017
Morning 46 Degrees, Wind SE at calm, Humidity 96%, cloudy.
Afternoon 55 Degrees, Wind ESE at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity %, overcast.

Work around Buster here in the yard and a couple of loads in the new washing machine.


Texas RV Supply, San Antonio, TX - Monday, December 18, 2017
Morning 50 Degrees, Wind E at calm, Humidity 96%, Light drizzle .
Afternoon 58 Degrees, Wind ESE at 3 to 20 Mph, Humidity %, cloudy, misty rain.

There was more work to finish and we have a date in Austin. After breakfast I took Tan Jan for air check in the tires at Discount Tires as we are getting a low air light for the front tires, turns out the sensors are switched front is rear. Then get gasoline at Buc-ees in New Braunfels ($1.919 a gallon) and three more stops before arriving at Westlake Preforming Arts building for our grandsons concert (playing the French Horn).

We were early at the concert hall and waited outside awhile before going inside we meet Avery’s parents and got seats on his side able to see him preform. It was easy to see him as he sits tall in the seat, he has grown since the last we have seen him. The comparison is before he was not taller than his mother and now he is noticeably taller than his mother. It was fun talking and listening to others conversation.

Traffic, where to begin, it is Austin. Ok going there turning off US 290 onto TX 360 Loop we go down to a crawl for three traffic lights, just too much volume of vehicles because after the third light we went right up to speed limit.

Getting out of the parking lot, and rush hour traffic already on the street, and another school coming in to use the building for their concert, lines in every direction we planned to have dinner at a close by BBQ restaurant and after getting on the street we got there pretty fast.

Leaving after seven in misty rain after turning onto US 290 driving to interstate thirty-five exit ramp was stop and go to a crawl (long ramp) to I 35 and south for nine miles (took for ever) before releasing and up to highway speed. No reason for the slowdown and long travel time other than the volume of traffic. The whole trip back to Buster was in a drizzly rain getting back after nine.

The past three days I am dealing with allergy
to Mountain Cedar,


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Dec 7 - 14

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Thursday, December 7, 2017
Morning 42 Degrees, Wind NE at calm, Humidity 91%, overcast rain.
Afternoon 43 Degrees, Wind N at 7 to 16 Mph, Humidity 86%, overcast rain.

Rain continues today, (seven tenths of an inch) I am working from the porch trying to stay out of the muddy road. Mostly succeeding in that effort but there are a few that require me in the driveway road to complete my work recording plate numbers and getting company names.
 
We had snow after dark last night and I got these pictures this morning. Our traffic remains low but there are different company vehicles coming and going every day. Some are companies checking if they left any equipment and clearing out any excess parts still here.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Friday, December 8, 2017
Morning 33 Degrees, Wind WNW at 1 to 2 Mph, Humidity 93%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 50 Degrees, Wind WNW at 3 to 7 Mph, Humidity 49%, mostly cloudy.

Flow back with oil tank and water tank trucks is almost all our gate traffic. There are a few other vehicles coming and going in the daytime but not during the night shift. 


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Saturday, December 9, 2017
Morning 32 Degrees, Wind SW at calm, Humidity 96%, sunny.
Afternoon 67 Degrees, Wind N at 4 to 15 Mph, Humidity 24%, sunny.

Continuing with low traffic volume.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Sunday, December 10, 2017
Morning 34 Degrees, Wind N at calm, Humidity 88%, sunny.
Afternoon 68 Degrees, Wind W at 2 to 5 Mph, Humidity 24%, mostly sunny.

We will not be here much longer as this should be the last week for the flow back crew. 

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Monday, December 11, 2017
Morning 33 Degrees, Wind W at calm, Humidity 85%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 76 Degrees, Wind SW at 2 to 10 Mph, Humidity 19%, mostly sunny.

There is a chemical used at the well site for the oil that is not mixing correctly and they are working that problem now. 


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Morning 49 Degrees, Wind N at 8 to 10 Mph, Humidity %, partly sunny.
Afternoon 64 Degrees, Wind N at 6 to 17 Mph, Humidity 28%, partly sunny.

Late today the chemical mixing problem was solved. Flow back crew said they will likely be done tomorrow. 


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Morning 33 Degrees, Wind SW at  to  Mph, Humidity 91%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 61 Degrees, Wind SSW at 2 to 9 Mph, Humidity 36%, mostly sunny.

The flow back shift change crew came in and they were released to leased with the over night crew coming out together.
 I know our time here is about over now that the flow back crew is released.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Thursday, December 14, 2017
Morning 40 Degrees, Wind N at calm, Humidity 95%, cloudy.
Afternoon 64 Degrees, Wind N at 2 to 14 Mph, Humidity 40%, cloudy.

About eight-thirty this morning I got the word we are released from the gate. We spent the rest of the morning packing and making Buster ready to roll. We are heading to San Antonio to have some work done on Buster.


At the end of the dirt road I connected Tan Jan to the towbar and headed north to US 87 taking that to interstate four-ten to interstate thirty-five north to Texas RV Supply.

After getting Buster checked in and parked we went to dinner at Olive Garden.



Thought for the day:
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy. 





Friday, December 8, 2017

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Dec 1 - 6

Morning 53 Degrees, Wind NE at calm, Humidity 76%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 79 Degrees, Wind ESE at 2 to 7 Mph, Humidity 33%, partly sunny.

Can you believe we are starting the last month of twenty-seventeen? Work over rig moved out today as their work is done. Flow back crew is on site. 


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Saturday, December 2, 2017
Morning 49 Degrees, Wind S at calm, Humidity 95%, overcast - fog.
Afternoon 80 Degrees, Wind SE at 2 to 9 Mph, Humidity 43%, partly sunny.

Flow back is the main crew in right now working, and water removal trucks, not many just enough to keep us on our toes.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Sunday, December 3, 2017
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind ESE at calm, Humidity 97%, overcast - Fog.
Afternoon 77 Degrees, Wind SE at 5 to 13 Mph, Humidity 74%, rain drops.

Natural gas now flowing thru the meter, money in for the oil company. Just before or maybe caused my wife to get up was a short hard rain. The light rain continued longer with us getting a tenth of an inch of rain. I went to Gonzales shopping (still raining) anyway. I try to shop on days there is lower traffic thru the gate. I also had to mail letters (snail mail) at the post office.

While there the rain stopped but the damage has been done to “our road” where we walk, mud. We try to clean our shoes but the mud sticks to the soles of the shoes. Our brush and deck helps but we do have to walk into the road to get pictures of the license plates.

Mud drying out

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Monday, December 4, 2017
Morning 70 Degrees, Wind S at 3 to 10 Mph, Humidity 94%, overcast.
Afternoon 86 Degrees, Wind S at 9 to 20 Mph, Humidity 49%, mostly cloudy.

Black gold, oil trucks are now hauling oil from this well. The road is drying out slowly but we have to brush and scrape our shoes to control the mud. Even walking around watching for the “dry spots” helps by not walking into the wet areas that are still wet and muddy.

I had a “water crew” come in they picked up a section of water main hose used in the fracking operation. 


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Morning 53 Degrees, Wind ESE at calm, Humidity 100%, cloudy.
Afternoon 70 Degrees, Wind NNE at 8 to 21 Mph, Humidity 40%, mostly cloudy.

Another load of oil out early today and still walking around the “dark spots”, not dried out from sundays rain.

I had another four vehicles of the “water crew” come in they picking up more water main hose used in the fracking operation. One truck came in pulling a tracked vehicle on a trailer that can spool the hose up. There were two trailer trucks with empty spools that were filled when they went out later. In the picture notice that the trailer is four axles for the heavy weight of the hose.

Trailer with spools of hose


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Morning 43 Degrees, Wind N at 2 to 13 Mph, Humidity 95%, overcast showers.
Afternoon 53 Degrees, Wind NNE at 11 to 16 Mph, Humidity 44%, overcast rain.

Here at noon we have had almost five tenths of an inch of rain, plenty of mud. So far I have been able to stay out of the driveway mud working from our porch. Walking to the edge and using the zoom function on the I Pad to get pictures of the vehicles license plates and picture of the vehicle side. we have been dealing with the rain since Sunday.
At the well site looking west
and flair burning 


Monday, December 4, 2017

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Nov 19 - 30

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Sunday, November 19, 2017
Morning 44 Degrees, Wind NNW at calm, Humidity 74%, sunny.
Afternoon 66 Degrees, Wind N at 7 to 16 Mph, Humidity 25%, sunny.

Sand is moving out their on site equipment to another site as this frack is done. In the afternoon I went to Cuero shopping


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Monday, November 20, 2017
Morning 41 Degrees, Wind NE calm, Humidity 87%, sunny.
Afternoon 71 Degrees, Wind SSE at 3 to 14 Mph, Humidity 31%, .

Final parts and trailers departing today as new work is coming in. Continuing to work the piping on the well site and flow back is moving in with their equipment.
Coil tubing arrived this afternoon


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Morning 46 Degrees, Wind SSE at calm, Humidity 100%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 77 Degrees, Wind WNW at 3 to 12 Mph, Humidity 44%, partly cloudy.
 
Work over rig moved in this afternoon. Kind of slow day before Thanksgiving.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Morning 55 Degrees, Wind N at 11 to 22 Mph, Humidity 58%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 66 Degrees, Wind N at 12 to 22 Mph, Humidity 34%, partly cloudy.

Flow back has brought in equipment this after 
Coiled tubing is done and moved out.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Thursday, November 23, 2017
Morning 32 Degrees, Wind N at calm, Humidity 77%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 70 Degrees, Wind NNE at 2 to 5 Mph, Humidity 21%, partly cloudy.

We had a slow Thanksgiving holiday, and turkey breast dinner 


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Friday, November 24, 2017
Morning 42 Degrees, Wind S at calm, Humidity 88%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 77 Degrees, Wind S at 3 to 10 Mph, Humidity 24%, mostly sunny.

Small work crew today piping work on the surface only.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Saturday, November 25, 2017
Morning 42 Degrees, Wind SSE at 11 to 13 Mph, Humidity 54%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind SE at 4 to 12 Mph, Humidity 31%, partly sunny.

Another slow day seems there is a down hole problem requiring a coiled tubing crew again on site. That will not be available until Tuesday afternoon. Good for me as work will be slow, low volume of vehicles coming and going thru the gate


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Sunday, November 26, 2017
Morning 56 Degrees, Wind NNE at calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 96%, partly sunny .
Afternoon 80 Degrees, Wind NNE at 3 to 6 Mph, Humidity 44%,mostly sunny.

I went shopping in Gonzales, TX Super Walmart and H E B there. It is only small distance longer trip. The roads are a little narrower, but still a decent trip. A little better selection for our regular shopping needs. 


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Monday, November 27, 2017
Morning 55 Degrees, Wind NNE at calm, Humidity 85%, overcast.
Afternoon 79 Degrees, Wind SSE at 3 to 10 Mph, Humidity 43%, mostly sunny.

Still slow waiting for the coiled tubing crew to arrive.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Morning 52 Degrees, Wind ESE at calm, Humidity 93%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind SSE at 5 to 15 Mph, Humidity 35%, partly sunny.

My wife went shopping in Gonzlex. Coil tubing arrived on site after dark, not ther crew I was expecting but a crew with equioment.

Not the best pic there is the coil of tubing shinning
in the middle top of the picture

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind NNW at 2 to 11 Mph, Humidity 90%, cloudy.
Afternoon 73 Degrees, Wind NNW at 3 to 14 Mph, Humidity 35%, partly cloudy.

Crew shift changes otherwise a slow day.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Thursday, November 30, 2017
Morning 46 Degrees, Wind NNW calm, Humidity 93%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 79 Degrees, Wind NNE at 1 to 7 Mph, Humidity 43%, partly sunny.

 
Looking west

Coiled tubing rigs moved out today. And that finishes another month. Just before dart I took our gargage into the trash trailer and got the following puctures





Thought for the Day:
The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.