Friday, April 18, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 16 - 18

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 42 degrees and partly sunny to 76 degrees and mostly sunny.

Bonnie went into Dilly to mail some cards today and shopped at the dollar store. Just stroking here at the gate up and down with the drilling operation. There is oil and at two different levels or rock formations. (To enlarge pictures; Click on picture to enlarge, click on the < in the upper left to return to the blog)
Trucks; Sand blue, left, cement vessel, red lay down pipe

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 59 degrees and mostly cloudy to 81 degrees and partly sunny.

Our electric generator received its oil & filter change gate in and out normal and  new support companies coming in to support the drilling operation.


Friday, April 18, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 64 degrees and partly cloudy to 82 degrees and mostly sunny. 

The support companies came in overnight to lay down the drill pipe and cement the casing pipe after installation. I could hear strange noise as I was waking up this morning but it took until later in the morning to see and understand the operation of laying down the drill pipe the truck has a cradle hat is controlled by a cable with the pipe laid into then lowered to the table and rolled the pipe rack on the right side. The pipe on the left is casing awaiting to be installed and cemented in place.  

The drill pipe from the rack on the right is transported to another pipe rack by forklift for storage. After the second casing is installed there will be more work to the well bottom to allow the oil to flow into the well pumping area.

Drill pipe  storage





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 15

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 45 degrees and mostly sunny to 71 degrees and mostly sunny.

Generator fuel, yellow tank was filled today, so that is good for a while. I transferred some into the generator after the fuel truck departed. That is a big fuel tank, with the fuel in the gauge, red die diesel - off road use only, an now I can see fuel in the tank but the tank is not totally full into the neck of the filler.
The fuel gauge is now red with off road diesel fuel

This is an easy gate being the rig is small not requiring a big manpower to support the daily operation and allows me to spend time doing research on our trip east when we leave the gate in May. We have rig people that are here for a week and then off for a week so the crew alternates weeks on duty days and nights. During the week before shift or after shift they go into Dilly for food (store or fast food shops).










Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 13 - 14

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 73 degrees and partly cloudy to 89 degrees and mostly sunny.
Happy Birthday Jackie
                                             

I went into Dilly, for the post office mailing our checks to the bank getting drinking water and a Sunday newspaper also a car wash and I was back at the gate by eight o’clock for Bonnie to get some rest.

It looks like they are getting the next pipe casing ready to put down the well.


Sight Gauge on the fuel tank empty
Monday, April 14, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 74 degrees and cloudy with a front moving thru mid morning with wind gusts at 40 mph and a rains shower to 77 degrees and mostly sunny late in the evening. During the wind and showers we dropped twenty degree in temperature. 

Bonnie had a good nap last night and was ready for shopping this morning during the front moving thru. She had departed for Pearsall before the weather change came and had to deal with that, no problem just traveled slower. (To enlarge pictures; Click on picture to enlarge, click on the < in the upper left to return to the blog)  

Buster and the well site from the county road
the heavy black against the tower are double lengths of drill pipe stored on the platform.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 12

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 67 degrees and cloudy to 88 degrees and partly sunny.
five more of these tanks moved in yestarday

Slow day today for the gate and Bonnie had a hard days sleep, she kept waking and finally just stayed up. This morning I transferred (gravity no pump here) the yellow tank (now empty) diesel into the generator fuel tank. On this end of the tank there is a sight gauge, now indicating nothing remaining in the tank.

Well this evening the “rig people” brought me diesel and filling the generator tank for me, thank you to the “rig people”. I do not know the size of the generator fuel tank but it is large. There is provisions for two fuel gauges on the generator, both are not operational.

their generator was changed our & relocated here
and four pumping units are stored 


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 10- 11

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 62 degrees and cloudy to 80 degrees and mostly sunny.

Bonnie stayed up this morning and took a drive onto Dilly as she wanted some things from the dollar store. For me here at the gate it seem like salesmen day signing them in for a less than ten minute pitch to the company man and they are back out headed to pitch their company product or service at another job site. I had these sales people at the other gate, actually more of them and they were in longer, but the trip in and out was longer.
sunrise

Friday, April 11, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 59 degrees and mostly sunny to 90 degrees and mostly sunny.

After staying up the longer the past few days Bonnie had a hard time getting to sleep this morning into afternoon. I did stay on shift longer allowing her to sleep later. I have been transferring diesel fuel into the generator some every day but not actually filling the tank, well that caught up to me this evening.

I did report that the fuel was getting low in the yellow tank earlier today and will get a delivery on Monday. Then the generator started to malfunction this evening, the engine was starving for fuel. I quickly went out and started transferring (gravity) from the yellow tank into the generator and we did continue to run and maintain electric power. There was eighty gallons remaining in the tank and transferred fifty gallons into the generator tank.  Now I do not know if there is enough until Monday.

Since we have been at this gate the generator they brought is larger than the one we had most of the time at the last gate. At the first gate we had a generator like this at first but when both 110 receptacles were bed it was replaced with a smaller unit and operated the remaining time with that unit and no problems. the larger unit also has a larger fuel tank. The slow gravity transfer was the reason for not filling the tank, the impression was filling a bottomless pit.

They will fill this area tomorrow


sunset











Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 8 - 9

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 50 degrees and mostly sunny to 83 degrees and mostly sunny. There are winds fifteen to thirty mph as yesterday there were gusts even higher  along with black clouds in our eastern sky. North and east of our location there were some heavy storms at that time.

Bonnie went shopping today in Pearsall, she is now ready to go every other week since we are not on a long dirt road to get to town. The usual salesmen (woman) come in most times for about ten minutes and are back out the gate.
Taken from the far side of the dirt road looking west
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 54 degrees and sunny to 90 degrees and mostly sunny. 

I went to Three Rivers to finish our tax return, eighty six miles one way, finishing in about an hour, that is done and filed electronically. We did over pay a small amount and thus will be getting a small refund. 
Our Tax Prepared here 


I returned via Pleasanton to pickup a few things we cannot get in Pearsall as the stores there are smaller and do not stock the same items that we want. I ended up taking more time on the trip and at the tax office than I wanted as Bonnie is having a long shift. I did stay on duty longer into the night allowing her more sleep time. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate Apr 6 - 7

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 60 degrees and cloudy, misty rain to 70 degrees and partly sunny. The day started with the misty rain and cleared slowly to partly sunny later in the afternoon. The real rain stayed north of our location.

“Trailer Trash” more trailers moved in today for another support company for the well site to complete the drilling operation. The day ended with no NASCAR race as they are in Fort worth this weekend and there was enough rain there to cancel for the day.
Sunday morning

Monday, April 7, 2014
Dilly, Texas - Buster’s Gate 46 degrees and cloudy fog to 85 degrees and partly sunny. 
Sunday afternoon
NASCAR race in Fort worth today. Some of the people for the new company trailers came in today and trickling in the next few days. Otherwise just normal traffic flow in and out during the day. 

These green tanks also moved in Sunday