Saturday, September 20, 2014

Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, Sept 18 - 19

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, 75 Degrees wind 7 SE 88 % humidity partly cloudy morning to 102 Degrees wind 12 SSE 29 % humidity mostly sunny.

Transport trucks showed up at our gate this morning, workover rig is moving out today. I kind of knew this was going to happen as the salesman for the transport company was here during the morning yesterday. So “for this gate” the vehicle count was above our average day count. The afternoon was exceptionally slow as there is no work going on at the well sites. We are here ready for anyone that show’s for work.

Friday, September 19, 2014
Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, 78 Degrees wind 3 NE 92% humidity rain morning to 94 degrees wind 10 E 41 % humidity partly sunny. When I got up this morning Buster’s windshield was wet with rain. I did not hear anything so it was a light silent rain still cloudy and more is forecasted for today, just something to deal with. We did have that east wind gusting enough that I brought in the left window awning as the snapping was noisy, and the sun was past and not shining on that side (left side is east). We should be closing this gate as we are at the maximum time expected, ten days but we are here until released.

Later in the morning a crew came in for flowback, a function that takes place after a workover rig has been on a well. The crew usually is two men splitting the twenty-four hours with one watching or monitoring the well at all times. The time the flowback crew is on site vary’s from well to well.

Tropical Storm Odile influencing "weather" flooding the roads into The Ranch in Lakewood, NM. They evacuated overnight last night to Artesia with some going further north to a Roswell area state park.

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/a7b58ecc2b6349839abc23bd7b65fe4d/US--Tropical-Weather-New-Mexico/

CR 31 into the ranch



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, Sept 17 Gas

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, 74 Degrees wind 2 ESE 79 % humidity partly cloudy morning to 93 Degrees wind 4 SSE gusting to 9, 46 % humidity mostly cloudy. You Can feel the heat in the breeze even tho the sun is hiding.

We are back to a slow traffic gate and are living with that fact. Yes it is boring but we are able to handle that aspect of gate guarding also. It is more interesting to talk with the different workers (companies) that come to do their task here at the oil well sites.

sunset

Oil company, or company man, the oil company that has the site has a person on site in charge of the work being performed. They normally do no actual work themselves, all contracted out to vendors. Transport companies delivering the products from manufacturing companies. Supply houses and “small parts houses” (hardware supplies) needed while working at the site. Services companies laborers doing anything not technical. “Gaggers" person, they are another vendor to check individual wells, tanks, water separators, read gages, adjust valves and other equipment at the oil well site.  A gager will from time to time shut in a well (turn it off) for other maintenance. Safety companies that are here to protect personnel and detect for poison gas (H 2 S). There support companies that bring in support equipment (fork lifts, people lifts, light towers and port-o-let toilets.
Gas Tanker
Across the paved road from us there is a compressor site with construction under way that has caused a gager to come in and shutter our wells for the day or longer for compressor station maintenance. Latter today I have noticed there are to tanker trucks coming to load out the compressed gas, the neighborhood is very quite today as thge driveway for that operation is directly across from our driveway. We hear the trucks entering and leaving the compressor site, but they do not trip our alarm.
Across the paved road

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, Sept 15 - 16

Monday, September 15, 2014
Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, 68 Degrees wind 6 E 87 % humidity cloudy morning to 91 degrees, wind 6 NW 56 % humidity partly sunny.

Only a couple of vehicles in early today for maintenance on the rig, as there is a big meeting about workover rigs at the oil company office. With no work scheduled the vehicle traffic goes down accordingly.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, 73 Degrees wind 5 N 79 % humidity mostly cloudy morning to 92 Degrees wind 12 SSE 29 % humidity mostly cloudy. Tropical Storm Odile will be influencing our “weather” along with the Gulf of Mexico having storms all coming in our direction. 

Bonnie woke up with “cabin fever” today, the need to go into town. She had her energy back to get up early enough and get on the road. After dinner I was “allowed” to go and dump the garbage in Tilden.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, Sept 14

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, 66 Degrees wind 7 ENE 84 % humidity mostly cloudy morning to 85 Degrees wind 12 SSE 29 % humidity mostly sunny.

                         200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner over Fort McHenry.


200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner over Fort McHenry, MD.
Just a low traffic thru the gate this nice (cool) Sunday our second nice day here art this gate. Last night the neighbors stopped by for dinner, picture below as they were leaving.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas Sept 13 visitors

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, 66 Degrees wind 12 NE with gusting to 23 MPH 90 % humidity mostly cloudy morning to 78 Degrees wind 10 E 89 % humidity mostly cloudy. We got about two tenths of an inch of rain overnight, but no mud. I brought in the main and left side awnings as the gusting wind was really flapping them. These temperatures today were just great, my time outside was enjoyable for the first time since coming back to Texas. All last month and until Friday the afternoon temperatures were over one hundred and the heat index was over one hundred in the morning.
Grandson Avery
Gate business picked up as the workover rig was moved from one pad to another. The transport trucks came in and other support services keeping me somewhat busy all day. Bonnie is very slow over night but needs to be ready as oil trucks or security vehicle could come at any time.
Avery & Bonnie
The big event for today was our daughter Carole and family came down from Austin for a visit and a grandson fix. The fur kids came also the old boys have trouble climbing the steps into Buster as their hips (the dogs) are seeing the damage of old age. In the middle and late afternoon there was low vehicle traffic and allowing for the most visiting time.
Carole & Bonnie
These were more rain showers today morning and evening but no real measurable rain  to talk about.          


Fur Kids

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas Sept 11 - 12

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, 79 Degrees wind 6 SSE 74 % humidity partly cloudy
morning to 102 Degrees wind 12 SSE 29 % humidity mostly sunny

Very mundane day, little gate traffic coming or going, but we are here ready to work. About noon our water delivery showed up and water was transferred into the pallet container. We also got the outside driveway light, needed for  vehicle drivers side as the street light is on the passengers side of incoming vehicles and is of little help in writing on the clipboard. Outgoing vehicles it is not needed as much. After dinner I went into Tilden to dump our garbage, just under five miles one way.

Picture of  Buster at the gate taken from the road

Friday, September 12, 2014
Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, 77 Degrees wind 5 ENE 88 % humidity partly cloudy morning to 97 Degrees wind 17 ESE 48 % humidity mostly cloudy. We had some sprinkles off and on here at the gate but the “weather” is moving in from the east southeast. 60 % chance of rain is forecasted for overnight.

After Bonnie got up this afternoon and was ready I went into Pleasanton shopping. Tan Jan got rained on going up TX 16 but was stopping as I arrived in Pleasanton. Not much else to write about as the activity is slow at the gate. Inside there is a workover rig and they are doing their thing.





Thursday, September 11, 2014

Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, Sept 10 remember 9-11

Wednesday, September 10, 2014    revised
Busters Gate - Tilden, Texas, 78 Degrees wind 9 SSE 79 % humidity partly sunny morning to 102 Degrees wind 12 S 41% humidity mostly sunny.

Remember 9-11
We are all remembering 9-11 today and a lot of special remembering programs on the television.

prickly pear plant 

A day with nothing exciting to write about. The company man did not come with the remaining water. Later in the afternoon I texted him, his reply was equipment failure will be here Thursday morning. Doing a walk around today I found the prickly pear plant with the red fruit, picture.


Sunset