Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Busters Gate - Garden City Texas - May 24

Busters Gate - Garden City Texas - Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind  variable & calm gusting to 3 Mph, Humidity 87%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 89 Degrees, Wind ENE 12 & gusting to 27 Mph, Humidity 41%, partly sunny.
 
The other gate guards got their notice of gate closing on Thursday and they will leave Friday. (They are waiting for a package.) Today I went into Big Spring to get some groceries and a prescription I transferred from a Walmart in Kenedy, Texas. There was some confusion and I needed the insurance card, then the computer went down. Our gate traffic is very low but they still keep coming. There is flow back shift change and liquids removal there is always someone else during the regular week. On the weekend the “someone else” never comes. These days with the slowdown in the oil well drilling and completion business weekend work is minimum at best.

My trip into town today is of note as Sunday there was “weather” late afternoon and evening. I think we missed the big blow. Two and a half miles east of Buster is where the weather went thru damaging power poles and wires, about a mile and a half wide. Buster was hit with “rocks” ice and rain nothing big enough to do any damage, the sound of that hitting Buster’s roof was not any fun to lessen to. The wind was enough to have us bring in the table slide out (Busters largest) as I thought the wind would rock us over. It was after ten that night before things settled down. That storm front moved from the northwest to south southeast. Monday’s activity was not as bad or as close to Buster, some more rain and ice.

The work over rig is gone and we just have a light work load of vehicle traffic.


Work over rig going down and flat bed truck in foreground






Thursday, May 19, 2016

Busters Gate - Garden City Texas - May 13 - 19

Busters Gate - Garden City Texas - Friday, May 13, 2016
Morning 55 Degrees, Wind E 1 & gusting to 6 Mph, Humidity 82%, overcast.
Afternoon 91 Degrees, Wind SE 3 & gusting to 9 Mph, Humidity 36%, mostly cloudy.


Busters Gate - Garden City Texas - Saturday, May 14, 2016
Morning 66 Degrees, Wind NE 6 & gusting to 7 Mph, Humidity 82%, rain.
Afternoon 70 Degrees, Wind NE 14 & gusting to 26 Mph, Humidity %, mostly cloudy.
 
1/2 inch rain last night. Otherwise a quite weekend but there was a flow back an twenty four hour coverage. A water removal truck worked in the daylight hours.


Busters Gate - Garden City Texas - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Morning 69 Degrees, Wind S 3 & gusting to 11 Mph, Humidity 62%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 5 Degrees, Wind  & gusting to  Mph, Humidity %, .
 
The work over rig moved out today to another company location. Flow back is continuing on twenty-four hour coverage. A water removal truck worked in the daylight hours.


Busters Gate - Garden City Texas - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Morning 50 Degrees, Wind E 2 & gusting to 3 Mph, Humidity 95%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 56 Degrees, Wind ENE 4 & gusting to 5 Mph, Humidity 91%, overcast.
 
Rain showers off and on all day. The Frac water tanks completed their move off the pad today with six tractors coming in to move out the remaining tanks.


Busters Gate - Garden City Texas - Thursday, May 19, 2016
Morning 52 Degrees, Wind NE 4 & gusting to 5 Mph, Humidity 99%, overcast.
Afternoon 60 Degrees, Wind WSW 2 & gusting to 3 Mph, Humidity 84%, overcast.
 
We had a rain shower overnight.

Happy Anniversary to us. Fifty-One Years.



Thought for the Day:

If your Plan A fails, remember you still have 25 letters left.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - May7 - 12

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Saturday, May 7, 2016
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind SSE 6 & gusting to 14 Mph, Humidity 52%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 89 Degrees, Wind SSE 12 & gusting to 19 Mph, Humidity 27%, mostly sunny.


Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Sunday, May 8, 2016
Morning 55 Degrees, Wind S 14 & gusting to 22 Mph, Humidity 75%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 91 Degrees, Wind W 12 & gusting to 20 Mph, Humidity 18%, partly sunny.
   
A slow weekend here at the gate, nothing, we had no vehicle traffic. My wife was up and ready just in case a vehicle showed up at our gate.


Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Monday, May 9, 2016
Morning 64 Degrees, Wind ssw 4 & gusting to 9 Mph, Humidity 91%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 85 Degrees, Wind WNW 16 & gusting to 24 Mph, Humidity 12%, sunny.
   
The work over rig crew was here all day, and a couple of guys pulled an over night along with the water truck pulling out water even during the night.


Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Morning 63 Degrees, Wind WSW 8 & gusting to 16 Mph, Humidity 26%, .
Afternoon 95 Degrees, Wind WSW 9 & gusting to 21 Mph, Humidity 10%, sunny.

Continuing the pipe installation with the work over rig and removing water that is coming up. Not much traffic at these gates here in West Texas even on a busy day.


Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Morning 67 Degrees, Wind SSE 12 & gusting to 24 Mph, Humidity 85%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 94 Degrees, Wind W 4 & gusting to 12 Mph, Humidity 18%, mostly sunny.
   
Late today they finished with the pipe installation job and flow back man started. The flow back company will have a man on site twenty-four hours monitoring the well and calling in water trucks to remove water from the Frac tanks. 

 
Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Thursday, May 12, 2016
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind ENE 10 & gusting to 22 Mph, Humidity 77%, overcast.
Afternoon 75 Degrees, Wind ESE 4 & gusting to 12 Mph, Humidity 61%, partly cloudy.
   
A couple of looker visitors but only the flow back men and the water trucks in and out the gate today. The flow back crew men are working twelve hour shifts and are not leaving the well pad during their shift.




Saturday, May 7, 2016

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - May 3 - 6

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Morning 49 Degrees, Wind SSE 1 & gusting to 2 Mph, Humidity 82%, .
Afternoon 77 Degrees, Wind NW 4 & gusting to 13 Mph, Humidity 28%, sunny.
 
The Fracing is continuing and sand trucks coming into the well.

Frac taking place
Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Morning 52 Degrees, Wind W 3 & gusting to 6 Mph, Humidity %, sunny.
Afternoon 80 Degrees, Wind NNW 4 & gusting to 10 Mph, Humidity 18%, sunny.
 
During the day an electric company came in and dug a trench along side Buster to provide electric power to the well site. The trenching machine woke my wife but she was able to get back to sleep.

The Fracing is finished and some equipment moved out today. Just one sand truck came ing during the morning. Compared to south Texas these are mini Frac’s here in west Texas.


Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Thursday, May 5, 2016
Morning 54 Degrees, Wind variable & calm & gusting to 2 Mph, Humidity 55%, sunny.
Afternoon 86 Degrees, Wind SE 6 & gusting to 12 Mph, Humidity 18%, sunny.
 
I love the humidity here in West Texas, low. A quite day for us today the water company was in to pickup their water main that was used during the frac. And the Frac company brought in a crew to drive more Frac equipment trucks out to their company yard. Otherwise it was a slow day and there will be more of these type days. Late this afternoon the work over rig was brought in and parked on site for the night.

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Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Friday, May 6, 2016
Morning 69 Degrees, Wind SSE 7 & gusting to 18 Mph, Humidity 39%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 87 Degrees, Wind ESE 20 & gusting to 21 Mph, Humidity 26%, sunny.
 
That wind is holding the temperature down today. The work over rig crew came in and erected the work over rig over the well more equipment came in and was set up for the next phase of the operation, but today was only a equipment setup day.

Work over rig in place






Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Apr 30 -May 2

Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Saturday, April 30, 2016
Morning 51 Degrees, Wind ENE 5 & gusting to 8 Mph, Humidity 91%, sunny.
Afternoon 78 Degrees, Wind NNW 2 & gusting to 7 Mph, Humidity 26%, sunny.

One sand truck came in overnight otherwise it should be even slower today.

Typical sand truck
Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Sunday, May 1, 2016
Morning 51 Degrees, Wind NE 15 & gusting to 19 Mph, Humidity 60%, overcast morning.
Afternoon 62 Degrees, Wind NNW 2 & gusting to 13 Mph, Humidity 63%, overcast.
 
The day started with a nice sunrise in the east but there were clouds filling the western sky. It was a good day to start a new month with just one vehicle coming in to drop a trailer with material on it. Otherwise a good day to stay inside. Altogether a slow weekend for us here at the gate.


Busters Gate - garden City Texas - Monday, May 2, 2016
Morning 56 Degrees, Wind NNE 7 & gusting to 10 Mph, Humidity 74%, overcast.
Afternoon 72 Degrees, Wind NNE 5 & gusting to 7 Mph, Humidity 31%, sunny.
 
Before sunrise today there was a rain shower, a wetting rain but not a measurable rain.
The crew was in early today finishing the setup preparation for the Frac operation. Sand trucks came latter in the day to replenish the equipment. Nothing other than that Frac operation started here today. The Frac’s being preformed out here in West Texas are done different, not as many “stages” less sand and a smaller work crew.














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.