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.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Nov 15 - 18

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind S at calm, Humidity 98%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 81 Degrees, Wind SSW at 5 to 13 Mph, Humidity 59%, partly cloudy.

Busy all day long but I did have time to do some projects. I put our another section of walkway making it four by six foot square with a two by two foot section. When we were in San Antonio in September they installed the new outside grip and having the shoe brush in that area we have a good grip to hold while cleaning our shoes.

My wife was up early and went shopping in Cuero at HEB. We are close to nothing unless you drive thirty miles or more.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Thursday, November 16, 2017
Morning 68 Degrees, Wind WNW at calm, Humidity 98%, mostly cloudy/showers in the area. (Can I say there is mud in my future, not sure.)
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind SSW at 3 to 6 Mph, Humidity 56%, partly cloudy.

Sand trucks, all day never able to plan when they are coming in the gate. Going out times also vary with how close together the sand trucks arrive at the frack site.
Other vehicles are shift change and delivery of chemicals and diesel fuel.

truck caring loaded sand box

There is other work building a piping network on the well pad that is a day operation so they are in early and out at dark.

Some of the local are now coming around




Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Friday, November 17, 2017
Morning 71 Degrees, Wind S at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 94%, cloudy.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind SW at 8 to 24 Mph, Humidity 50%, partly sunny.

Sand trucks day and night. Last Sunday and Monday the sand trucks started coming leaving their sand box at the well site building a supply at the well site. Now it is keeping that supply available. There is a conveyer system trailer that the boxes are placed on that can hold four sand boxes at a time for the operation and they use a heavy duty forklift to change out the boxes.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Saturday, November 18, 2017
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind SSW at 9 to 11 Mph, Humidity 91%, cloudy.
Afternoon 87 Degrees, Wind WNW at 12 to 25 Mph, Humidity 31%, mostly sunny.

Frack is finishing up and the rigging down has started overnight. The sand trucks started taking out two empty boxes on the trailers. This sand operation uses boxes and gravity to unload on a conveyer belt. Additional empty boxes (four at a time, empty) were removed by a flat bed trailers.
Trailer caring out two sand boxes


Thought For The Day – There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want to do.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Nov 12 - 14

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Sunday, November 12, 2017
Morning 64 Degrees, Wind ENE calm Mph, Humidity 100%, overcast.
Afternoon 77 Degrees, Wind ESE at 4 to 10 Mph, Humidity 73%, rain.

Rain (0.007 inches) did not start until afternoon (almost dark) and was light rain most of the evening, just enough to have rain gear on. There was a short period of moderate rain but it did not last long. A busier day with equipment moving in and getting setup here at the gate. 


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Monday, November 13, 2017
Morning 66 Degrees, Wind NE at calm, Humidity 100%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind E at 4 to 8 Mph, Humidity 50%, partly cloudy.

Mud, overnight and this morning, stick to your shoes type, but with the sun trying to break thru it dried pretty fast. Very busy today with trucks (and sand box trucks) of all types coming and going. I installed the shoe brush and that helps a lot.


Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Morning 55 Degrees, Wind SSE at calm, Humidity 100%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 81 Degrees, Wind SSE at 4 to 12 Mph, Humidity 51%, partly cloudy.

Close gate? This was not a fun day. There are multiple land owners and a renter running cattle that access thru this road. The cattle rancher is a renter and complaining about a gate further down having the lock broken and the gate was open. Yesterday a land owner came in saying he was the land owner but I only took down the plate number and not his name. Land owners can get huffy about being challenged accessing their own property so I did not push about the name also not knowing there were multiple land owners here. So the cattle rancher came today wanting to know all who came in the gate so he could figure out who opened the gate. While ths was going on I called my coordinator to advise him what was going on here. Also when I talked with the land owner yesterday he told me about the cattle rancher, so I knew he was knowledgeable about the property here.

 When the coordinator called back ten minutes later an said we were released and ok to stay overnight with the generator. I stopped logging vehicles in the gate. I decided to let my wife sleep until she woke up for her to get good rest. One of the oil company men came in and said we are not released also called the gate coordinator back and his first reply was who is this? I told him and he said that was a mistake about being released. All this took awhile to settle out but I had started to take apart our walkway to pack it back into buster in the afternoon. I never questioned the coordinator about being released, but I knew the oil company still was working inside at the pad a mile and a half away.

Very emotional day for me I was thinking we lost the job because of the cattle rancher and land owner being dissatisfied with our work but just a mistake on the coordinators part when he called me.



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX - Nov 5 - 11

Vaquero Village RV Park, Botines, TX - Nov 5 - 8
Three days it was sunny and the fourth overcast but no rain. It was nice get up when we wanted go to bed when we wanted and no gate alarm to answer, great time off. Every day we made it into Ladero to explore and have lunch / dinner a nice mini vacation.


Vaquero Village RV Park, Botines, TX - Nov 9
we did something different, we stayed home at Buster today and made plans to take Buster to Crystal City to wait for another gate. In parking Buster here we did not “spread out” too much. We kept in the on the go mode easier to start moving again.


Vaquero Village RV Park, Botines, TX - Friday, November 10, 2017
Morning 55 Degrees, Wind N at 4 to 8 Mph, Humidity 90%, overcast.
Still go up later today and did not move Buster until after eleven o’clock.

El Dorado Ranch Resort, Crystal City, TX
Afternoon 64 Degrees, Wind E at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 68%, overcast.
At the company RV park staying in the go mode not “spreading out too much” waiting for our next gate assignment. While we were in the driveway getting our bearings a guy came over letting me know about low wires. Talking with him he (Fred & Gladis) and I were at a gate together in 2015 in Asherton, Texas. After parking Buster and setting up we went into Carrizo Springs for Mexican, a place we have had tak out from other years.

After returning to Buster we got a call on my wifes phone from an unknown number so we did not answer that latter I got a call from our last coordinator we have a new gate tomorrow with a different coordinator. When I tried to call the phone number was out of service. Calling the coordinator back to get the number I recognized it as the strange call we did not answer.

The new to us gate, starting tomorrow is southeast of San Antonio


El Dorado Ranch Resort, Crystal City, TX - Saturday, November 11, 2017
Morning 57 Degrees, Wind NNW calm, Humidity 94%, cloudy.

Buster was moving after nine o’clock but it was hard to get up and get moving early today as we have been in lazy mode for a week. No “big roads” today as we took US 83 north a mile or so and looped around the south side of Crystal City and onto TX 65 to TX 85 northeast to TX 97 thru Pleasanton, goy we both wanted to stop and get some BBQ brisket but we were pressed for time.

Buster’s Gate Smiley, TX
Afternoon 78 Degrees, Wind ESE at 3 to 13 Mph, Humidity 59%, overcast.
From TX 97 to US 87 into Smiley and south and onto county road (dirt to the gate one hundred sixty miles here about twelve-thirty, only thirty minutes late. Coming in the dirt road we passed a EV going out, the people we are relieving. The coordinator who called while we were on TX 97 was already on US 87 when he called so he relieved them while we were on the road. That worked well as there is not much room for two RV and three vehicles. The oil company is bringing in a frack operation for the work here at this gate. There are other oil wells in operation so there is other traffic to come in and record.
Looking in the gate
While arriving and setting up talking with the coordinator Rahlee was “talkiing” to us wanting to come outside where we were talking with the coordinator just outside Buster’s door. After the coordinator left I continued working outside and I could here but nor see Rahlee, then I caught a glimpse of him going under Buster. We both tried to get him to come in but no luck. I decided to ignore him for a bit thinking he would come out. Then I could here him again not see him, following the sound of him I found him on top of the left front wheel. We had been keeping a close eye on the door as I did not think he got out there then I realized it was the drivers window was open. Rahlee jumped out there wandering around under Buster then finally getting on top of the left front tire. Glad that is solved.

Looking out the gate