Saturday, April 30, 2016

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Apr 29

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Friday, April 29, 2016
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind S 11 & gusting to 18 Mph, Humidity 83%, overcast.
Afternoon 85 Degrees, Wind W 16 & gusting to 24 Mph, Humidity 15%, sunny.

Before daylight we had a thunder storm move thru wetting everything but it did not last long and after daylight the sky’s cleared to a nice sunny sky and less wind. Well that lower wind speed did not last long but I was able to attach the sun screen to the windshield while the wind speed was low. As I said the rain made everything wet but it was not measurable. The wind did not stay down long and came back with plenty of gusts.

There were some of the Frac crew in setting up and bringing in more trucks. Latter in the afternoon and evening sand truck showed up at the gate two at a time. But we only had two at the site at a time. The work pad is small thus there is not the room for more than two sand trucks. In total it was a slow day for gate traffic coming and going.

after my wife got up from the sleep I made a quick run into Big Spring for the prescription that was ready for pick up.

One of the Frac trucks

Friday, April 29, 2016

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Apr 27 - 28

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Morning 50 Degrees, Wind SW 7 & gusting to 8 Mph, Humidity 37%, sunny.
Afternoon 85 Degrees, Wind W 7 & gusting to 30 Mph, Humidity 12%, sunny.

The neighbors cows came around today eating everything in sight, first time they have been around in over a week. Another group of ten came by in the afternoon.

The electric problem persisted and we called for maintenance, answer is another generator set was delivered this afternoon. Outside preparation for move tomorrow. Stowing the white water hose, dumping the black tank and stowing the hose. Putting the propane bottle away.

Last sunrise at this location


Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Thursday, April 28, 2016
Morning 54 Degrees, Wind E 2 & gusting to 4 Mph, Humidity 58%, sunny.
Afternoon 70 Degrees, Wind S 13 & gusting to 28 Mph, Humidity 56%, mostly sunny.
 
Today is very important, my wife’s birthday but it is also move day as Buster is moving to another gate for the oil company. The total miles will be low, under ten miles basically on the same paved road.

I did some outside preparations last night for our move this morning, about nine-thirty our guy came to move the generator trailer and we finished making Buster ready to move to the new location. A big nine mile trip not enough time to rest behind the steering wheel between the pack up and we have the setup at the new location.

After setting Buster and cleaning our self’s up we were off to town of Big Spring, I had called in a prescription last night and that was ready for pick up. As I got to the pharmacy window they were finishing closing for lunch, maybe Friday. We pushed on to Midland for lunch/dinner. We also never leave a town with out some grocery shopping on our way home.
Buster's new gate

Arriving back at Buster’s new location two sand trucks followed soon after us and unloaded then left the location, and quite all night. As you can see in the picture Buster and the well pad are close together.








Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Apr 25 - 26

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Monday, April 25, 2016
Morning 61 Degrees, Wind SW 8 & gusting to 18 Mph, Humidity 90%, .
Afternoon 91 Degrees, Wind WSW 8 & gusting to 16 Mph, Humidity 11%, sunny.
 
Sunrise thru the windshield sun screen
Our gate location with Buster is only a couple of hundred feet off the paved road, but the oil company work site is two miles in from Buster. These days the road is dry and the wind is a blowing so there is plenty of dirt in the air and along with that most drivers are traveling the road at more than the posted fifteen miles per hour speed limit. We do remind some but it is a daily training job.

Finding out the windshield sun screen has stayed in place with the wind today. Using the tape on the edge has been the added key to keeping the windshield sun screen in place.


Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Morning 68 Degrees, Wind WSW 2 & gusting to 6 Mph, Humidity 79%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 89 Degrees, Wind W 16 & gusting to 26 Mph, Humidity 20%, mostly cloudy.

And the mostly cloudy has lead to a rain shower about twenty minutes long with the bigger part of the storm cell passing north of Buster. The oil company brought in a water tanker to wet down the road dust during the morning and it did help lower the dirt in the air. Now this shower completed the job of lowering the dirt in the air. Lucky for us the other tanker trucks were going nice and slow when passing Buster thus not raising too much dirt. Further in on the road the speed of the vehicles was up and the dirt clouds were very large. The sun screen has stayed in place today even with these wind gusts.

Electrical problems are causing our lights to go off. These big outside lights then need time to reset before they come back to life. Se are seeing flickering in our night light and our lamps are also flickering. The television also went off a couple of times this evening before the big lights went on. The engine is not surging (engine RPM has been steady, not changing down then up) like other times that we have had electric  problems.



Sunset


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Apr 23 - 24

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Saturday, April 23, 2016
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind S 6 & gusting to 11 Mph, Humidity 59%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind S 5 & gusting to 10 Mph, Humidity 58%, mostly sunny.

Very slow day for me mostly watching other traffic on the paved road. The other gate has had a water tanker working (coming and going) where I have been able to help him by opening his gate with my remote control device. When he comes in it sets off my alarm and I have to look out and see if there is anyone at our gate. Seeing the tanker at the other gate I open that otherwise he must exit his truck to use the key pad. As I know today we will move Buster to another gate on Thursday or Friday about six miles south and three miles east from our current location. Today after my wife got up it was a grocery trip into Big Spring.


Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Sunday, April 24, 2016
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind S 12 & gusting to 19 Mph, Humidity 81%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 86 Degrees, Wind WNW 4 & gusting to 17 Mph, Humidity 24%, sunny.

So we will be here this week as the work over rig is here and some other work is planned at this gate entrance. I had the windshield sun screen blow off again last night finding only two magnets of the three in place this time. One was actually still on the windshield. Just to be clear I have installed magnets on the inside using double sided tape and the top of the sun screen has a hem where I have been able to push magnets into and capture in location with staples. Today I have used some Gorilla tape on the edge to the windshield to help with keeping the sun screen in place.










Monday, April 25, 2016

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Apr 19 - 20

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Morning 57 Degrees, Wind SE 5 & gusting to 7 Mph, Humidity 95%, overcast.
Afternoon 72 Degrees, Wind SSE 7 & gusting to 13 Mph, Humidity 67%, overcast.
   
Gate vehicle traffic here at these gates has been easier than at other Frack gates we have covered. There are not as many different companies involved with the operation. There is not a continuous flow of sand trucks though out the day and night. 



Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Morning 52 Degrees, Wind NE 2 & gusting to 7 Mph, Humidity 96%, overcast.
Afternoon 68 Degrees, Wind ESE 10 & gusting to  Mph, Humidity 74%, partly sunny.
  
We had another wind and rain event last night enough to wake me after midnight, just over an inch of rain was recorded.

We will be relocating to another site soon as this Frac is complete here. Some equipment started moving out late today. This is a one shift operation it and did go into dark but not all night. Compared to the Frac’s we were on in south Texas these in west Texas are mini Fracs maybe because of different rock formations. One of the 

Running across the center is the deflated water main thay are picking up


Thought For The Day – There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. – Will Rogers.  



Sunday, April 24, 2016

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Apr 21 - 22

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Thursday, April 21, 2016
Morning 56 Degrees, Wind ESE 2 & gusting to 5 Mph, Humidity 83%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 5 Degrees, Wind NE 4 & gusting to 12 Mph, Humidity 63%, mostly sunny.
There was wind and thunder last night but no measurable rain.
 
My wife stayed up covering our gate this morning while I watched another gate for our companies worker in the area working a gate for the same oil company. Al had an appointment in Midland Texas for his eye. Their gate was slower than our gate as the move out of the Frac equipment continues today while other work equipment is starting to move in. A water transfer company is also in and out picking up their temporary water main that was on the ground.
I as at this gate for the morning

There is also a work over rig moving in today adding to the gate traffic.


Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Friday, April 22, 2016
Morning 58 Degrees, Wind SW 2 & gusting to 6 Mph, Humidity 73%, sunny.
Afternoon 79 Degrees, Wind E 3 & gusting to 11 Mph, Humidity 29%, sunny.
 
Our other company gate guards Al & Diane are moving their rig today to a Frac location. I was setting in the passenger chair when a fifth wheel trailer went past our location followed by a generator trailer just like ours. Diane stayed behind at the gate as the drill rig will be moving out over the weekend. They will be only a daytime gate for the move out. That’s where our Frac equipment went about five miles from our location. Their old gate was a drill rig working there and is moving out going west to Pecos, TX.

Our gate was slow with only some equipment and water companies coming and going thru the gate today.

I am having trouble keeping the sun screen panel on the window another blow off with the high wind gusts. My wife brought it in as it happened overnight. Then I am looking for the magnets on the ground. I found three of the four magnets and reinstalled it on the windshield. Below the windshield wiper on the inside edge I used some Gorilla tape as I did not find the fourth magnet I use there.





Thursday, April 21, 2016

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Apr 19 - 20

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Morning 57 Degrees, Wind SE 5 & gusting to 7 Mph, Humidity 95%, overcast.
Afternoon 72 Degrees, Wind SSE 7 & gusting to 13 Mph, Humidity 67%, overcast.
 
Gate vehicle traffic here at these gates has been easier than at other Frack gates we have covered. There are not as many different companies involved with the operation. There is not a continuous flow of sand trucks throughout the day and night.

Sand Truck

One of two trailers the sand trucks transfer sand into