Saturday, May 19, 2018

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - May 6 - 12

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Sunday, May 6, 2018
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind SE at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 95%, .
Afternoon 93 Degrees, Wind ENE at 4 to 14 Mph, Humidity 17%, mostly sunny.

Another busy day shift change and sand trucks. All types of vehicles coming and going during the day to keep me busy.


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Monday, May 7, 2018
Morning 64 Degrees, Wind ESE at Calm to 1 Mph, Humidity 80%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 90 Degrees, Wind S at 5 to 8 Mph, Humidity 26%, mostly sunny.

And the beat goes on and on and pipe line crew in and out the gate, day shift only.


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Morning 63 Degrees, Wind SSE at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 80%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 92 Degrees, Wind SSE at 4 to 9 Mph, Humidity 28%, mostly sunny.

Coiled tubing came in today for the completed frac pad, that is a convoy of trucks and crew pickup trucks with shift change. Sand trucks continues for the other frac. Water crew for the first completed frac is in and out picking up their equipment. They use rolled hose on reels using a Bobcat to pick up and carry out on trailers. I am talking about twelve inch wide hose large volume of water delivery.


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Morning 66 Degrees, Wind SSE at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 80%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 91 Degrees, Wind SSE at 3 to 13 Mph, Humidity 31%, mostly sunny.

Frac finished last night, moving out today pressure trucks and sand handling equipment. They are moving only eight miles away from here the equipment is moving in two and three vehicle convoys with vans bring the drivers back to move more vehicles.


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Thursday, May 10, 2018
Morning 68 Degrees, Wind SE at 3 to 6 Mph, Humidity 81%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 893 Degrees, Wind SE at 12 to 18 Mph, Humidity 26%, mostly sunny.

Vehicle traffic is slowing but still a busy gate for our likes but we press on.


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Friday, May 11, 2018
Morning 67 Degrees, Wind SSE at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 85%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 92 Degrees, Wind S at 9 to 19 Mph, Humidity 32%, mostly sunny.

We have added a crew working in the well pad installing equipment and piping for the product processing. This is in addition to the pipe line crew and welders and digging crew and project (inspectors) consultants. 


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Saturday, May 12, 2018
Morning 68 Degrees, Wind SE at 3 to 5 Mph, Humidity 80%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 96 Degrees, Wind SE at 1 to 18 Mph, Humidity 30%, sunny.

Getting some time to write this morning but still a busy day with ins and outs. I went shopping today, I still know how to drive the car, it has been two week since I last drove a vehicle.

We will be here until the end of the month and head to San Antonio for some work on Buster. The rear slide out has some rollers that need to be replaced and the main awning fabric will be replaced. I already ordered that and it will be waiting for us when we get there in San Antonio. We will be heading east in the first week of June and going to Florida first before hurricane season.


Thought For The Day – I thought the dryer made my clothes shrink. Turns out it was the refrigerator.


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX May 1 - 5

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind SSE at 7 to 12 Mph, Humidity 87%, cloudy.
Afternoon 91 Degrees, Wind SE at 13 to 20 Mph, Humidity 53%, partly sunny.

Sand Truck with two sand boxes
Busy, sand trucks, shift change and pipeline work has started, a lot of vehicles in and out the gate. These sand trucks do not stay on the ranch long, they bring in two boxes containing the sand and carry out two empty boxes to be refilled. The tank trucks off load into the sand silo’s taking time to unload but there could be wait time for room to transfer their sand. The sand boxes are set on the ground and then placed onto the conveyor trailer using a large forklift truck. That forklift can be busy moving boxes from the truck and conveyor trailer when operations are going.

Single sand box
(Square opening in the bottom that opens
to drop the sand onto the conveyor belt)
Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind SSE at 7 to 10 Mph, Humidity 84%, cloudy.
Afternoon 96 Degrees, Wind SE at 14 to 24 Mph, Humidity 41%, partly sunny.

More of the same, but if the project is not using (emptying) the sand boxes the sand trucks still come and put the boxes on the pad and go out without boxes and come back with more. Later they will send empty trucks to pickup the empty boxes. Just more trucks coming and going thru the gate.


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Thursday, May 3, 2018
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind SE at 9 to 15 Mph, Humidity 81%, cloudy.
Afternoon 100 Degrees, Wind SE at 13 to 22 Mph, Humidity 32%, mostly cloudy.

One of the frac’s finished overnight and that equipment is moving out today. So a few less sand trucks today, but there are other vehicles keeping the vehicle count up.


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Friday, May 4, 2018
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind SE at 12 to 17 Mph, Humidity 93%, cloudy.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind ENE at 12 to 24 Mph, Humidity 64%, cloudy.

Rain overnight (0.20)
That got me busy getting our decking out and building our walking area. We try and reduce the amount we walk in the dirt as it sticks to our shoes, is slipery and the walkway will prevent slip and fall injuries.   


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Saturday, May 5, 2018
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind NE at calm Mph, Humidity 94%, cloudy.
Afternoon 90 Degrees, Wind NE at 7 to 10 Mph, Humidity 27%, mostly sunny.

My wife got up from her day sleep and went shopping. As we are right next to the highway no dirt road to deal with she ventured out today to do our weekly shopping





Sunday, May 6, 2018

Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - April 28 - 30 (Second half of Saturday)


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Saturday, April 28, 2018
Second half of the day
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity 38%, overcast.

Two weeks and we are moving again, we did know it would be a short gate coming in, but we were thinking from word of mouth we had another week. The breakdown went well but the actual move started latter than expected. The trip out. Slow dirt road traveling with Buster. To the main gate nine miles then another nine miles of dirt road until we touch pavement. That in less than twenty miles an hour traveling. Then twelve miles to US numbered highway and that is only another four and one half miles, and we are at out new gate.
 
Tan Jan was not connected to the tow bar, for the long dirt road and only a short drive on pavement. We got to this gate and left to do shopping and dinner together. While we were gone another couple filled in for us here at the gate.

After arriving back at the gate it was parking and getting setup while checking many vehicles. We were busy. I had backed buster in but wanted to move him ri the right about eight feet. Then connect water and electric power from the gate company generator. I had left Buster’s generator on while we were in town. 


Buster’s Gate Asherton, TX - Sunday, April 29, 2018
Morning 61 Degrees, Wind SSE at 1 to  Mph, Humidity 85%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind SE at 7 to 14 Mph, Humidity 40%, partly sunny.

Two empty sand boxes leaving the gate
TWO FRAC’S going on inside this gate, we are very busy here. There is a different company fracking here using a different sand delivery system. Extra busy morning we were both out there checking vehicles coming in and going out (shift change) for about an hour, it is unreal as it seams like every vehicle coming down the highway is coming in here. There is no down time for us here as the sand trucks just keep coming. These trucks are carrying two boxes that aare lifted off the trailer and placed on a frame (Trailer) that can hold five boxes. Sand drops out when the bottom door is opened onto a conveyer belt that carries the sand to a blender trailer. My wife was out early to help with the shift change time this afternoon.

Square door at the bottom mates with the conveyor trailer
Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Monday, April 30, 2018
Morning 69 Degrees, Wind SE at 5 to 12 Mph, Humidity 92%, cloudy.
Afternoon 80 Degrees, Wind SE at 13 to 18 Mph, Humidity 64%, partly sunny.


Slower morning one of the frac’s is winding down and will move out latter this week. We both worked during the shift change in the morning and afternoon.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Apr 20 - 27

Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Friday, April 20, 2018
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind ESE at 3 to 8 Mph, Humidity 59%, overcast.
Afternoon 81 Degrees, Wind SE at 11 to 24 Mph, Humidity 42%, mostly cloudy.

Rain shower about seven this morning, turned into only drops then continued overcast and windy. Sand trucks coming and going slowed and went to none and then a coiled tubing crew came in the gate. That basically means there is a problem down the hole. Some sand trucks did come in to top off the sand silo’s so that they were full when the frac started again. Otherwise they would be waiting a long time in the holding area. Now they get to go for another load possibly to a different well site. 


Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Saturday, April 21, 2018
Morning 68 Degrees, Wind SE at 2 to 6 Mph, Humidity 80%, cloudy.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind ESE at 10 to 17 Mph, Humidity 54%, mostly cloudy.

Slower day, sand trucks,


Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Sunday, April 22, 2018
Morning 59 Degrees, Wind ENE at 5 to 8 Mph, Humidity 70%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 84 Degrees, Wind NNE at 8 to 16 Mph, Humidity 26%, mostly sunny.

Normal day, new sand trucks, our favorite are returning vehicles as there are less -operations to perform on the I Pad. Sometimes it feels like every truck in the company has been dispatched to our site instead of having the trucks return. The other thing is hours of service for drivers runs out and other drivers replace them. There are now seven different companies sending trucks to our site with sand
SensorTransmitter
Our sensor for the out going vehicles was not working so I changed the batteries but the problems persisted. L put up with that the rest of the day finally going the again and checking the connection from the semsor to the transmitter a USB plug, it was disconnected. Well I got it working for my wife’s shift. Some vehicles do something (too fast or too slow) and we do not get an alert. 

the black pipe detects vehicles
Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Monday, April 23, 2018
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind ENE at 3 to 6 Mph, Humidity 75%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 86 Degrees, Wind SSE at 1 to 6 Mph, Humidity 32%, mostly sunny.

Monday traffic, busy.


Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Morning 61 Degrees, Wind S at calm Mph, Humidity 76%,partly sunny .
Afternoon 94 Degrees, Wind SSE at 4 to 13 Mph, Humidity 26%, mostly sunny.

 
Word this afternoon is the frac will be done Thursday, yea right


Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Morning 63 Degrees, Wind ESE at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 75%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 86 Degrees, Wind NW at 6 to 23 Mph, Humidity 88%, overcast.

The afternoon started off with a thunderstorm and lightening, everything got wet but no recordable accumulation. For the lightening, they shut down the operation for a Thursday completion is not going to be meet. This means the operations picked up overnight during my wife’s shift. 


Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Thursday, April 26, 2018
Morning 59 Degrees, Wind NNW at calm Mph, Humidity 77%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 80 Degrees, Wind NE at 6 to 10 Mph, Humidity 46%, partly cloudy.

Sand trucks were waiting and started coming in right away and there were some already waiting on the well pad and they unloaded and were coming out. We are expecting them to finish overnight tonight. From there we are expecting to be here for about another week.

A pressure truck going out
Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Saturday, April 28, 2018
Morning 64 Degrees, Wind SE at 1 to 3 Mph, Humidity 65%, partly cloudy.

Sand silo frame coming down 
Another oil company manager came in this morning and confirmed we are done today. So now to inform the company (gate guard) we are released and get out act together and move Buster. Yesterday I was talking to another coordinator he had a gate for us when released from here so I called him letting him know we were released. The new gate is close by.

Now the silo comes down
Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Friday, April 27, 2018
Morning 58 Degrees, Wind SE at calm Mph, Humidity 90%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 80 Degrees, Wind SSE at 1 to 8 Mph, Humidity 44%, partly cloudy.

Frac completed this morning and the work now starts to shift to down rigging. 
Pressure trucks moved out in a ten truck convoy today. Sand silo’s went one and then a convoy of sand conveyers and silo’s (3) came out. Other companies are also moving their equipment out.

Silo rolling out

Started breaking down Buster’s camp area today in preparation to move Buster.



Thought For The Day – I was reading an instruction manual and got to the part about needing a screwdriver. So I got out the vodka and orange juice.




Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Apr 16 - 19

Revised added some Pictures 4-30-18

Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Monday, April 16, 2018
Morning 52 Degrees, Wind ESE at 1 to 4 Mph, Humidity 77%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 89 Degrees, Wind SSE at 11 to 18 Mph, Humidity 20%, sunny.


Tand Truck

Sand trucks slowed today, a break for us as we were running to the driveway frequently. There is no actual gate or cattle guard just a spot on the road leading into the work site. Driving in we did cross about five cattle guards that control where the cattle can graze. From us 83 it is another twelve miles on the paved road before the dirt road starts. Then another twelve miles to the main gate guard from there we are another nine miles in on the ranch, a long way driving at low speeds in Buster.


Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Morning 56 Degrees, Wind SSE at 1 to 2 Mph, Humidity 76%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 94 Degrees, Wind SSE at 11 to 17Mph, Humidity 28%, sunny.
 
Routine day for a Tuesday, more sand trucks than yesterday but not up to the expected amount. Sand truck drivers have DOT hours of operation logs to restrict how long they are on the job and for that reason it is hard to keep drivers coming to this site. Right now we have two sand truck companies supporting this job with deliveries of sand


Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind NNE at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 95%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 87 Degrees, Wind E at 9 to 15 Mph, Humidity 48%, partly cloudy.

Quieter day, the frac is not receiving sand trucks the way they are scheduled to receive. Driver hours of service or the ride/road out here. The one way trip for them is five hours, plus unload time and any wait time at the holding area.

A snake was found sleeping this morning next to the right front tire shade, he Did Not wake up.

Snake
Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Thursday, April 19, 2018
Morning 63 Degrees, Wind ENE at 9 to 11 Mph, Humidity 49%, overcast.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind E at 12 to 21 Mph, Humidity 20%, partly sunny.

Average vehicle traffic day, ins and outs and sand trucks. It is dark out here there are light towers brought in to light the job area and placed around the well pad. We started with three “work lights” normally we habe moreas we thing more light keeps varments away. I was speaking to a “company man” about he snake and he offered to have a light tower brought to our work area, great. Latter in the afternoon a pickup truck came to the gate with the light tower and asked where to locate it, I showed him and now we have light at night. The reason I was talking to the company man was we worked on the same job site in early twenty-seventeen. Even then he was the go to guy if we needed anything.





Thought For The Day – I want to grow my own food but I can’t find any bacon seeds.



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Apr 13 - 15

Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Friday, April 13, 2018
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity 75%, mostly cloudy.
Afternoon 94 Degrees, Wind W at 4 to 10 Mph, Humidity 26%, mostly sunny.

Busy day, the coordinator came to the main gate area where we parked overnight after nine and lead Buster into the work site. There or here we backed Buster onto the “spot” for our location on the road leading into the well site. This is nine miles from the “main gate”. Fracking is the work project going on and sand trucks are busy. There is a “holding or staging” area for them and a worker goes there and brings in a group of four or more sand trucks. Some times six or ten. There are four sand silos set up on the well site that the trucks try to keep them full.

I was told that one stage for the frac used nineteen truck loads. I asked how many stages a day, four stages (on a good day). Just in sand trucks that is seventy-six sand trucks in and out plus the shift change and day visitors and Friday is one of the heavy days of “extra visitors” over two hundred entries on th I-Pad.

Getting the jacks down on Buster and tire/wheel shades in place electric and water connected to Buster and other setup work a tiring day today. With the heat and bright sun I setup out canopy in front of Buster for a work station to keep our I-Pads out of the sun and the charging adaptor on the WORX table.


Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Saturday, April 14, 2018
Morning 59 Degrees, Wind N at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 14%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 72 Degrees, Wind N at 8 to 24 Mph, Humidity %, mostly sunny.

A slower day but still plenty of vehicles in and out the gate. Pictures of the plate and vehicle side in and out records. Coming in recording (typing in) the plate number that sets the record of the vehicle and then the drivers name and company he works for and any other peolpe in the vehicle. Going out recalling the record by the company name or the plate number to then take the pictures again for the out log. The program adds the day and time of the record in and out.

I set up a deck area outside Busters front steps but I could do more but I do not expect to ne here more than two weeks. We have not had any rain since coming here but we need to be ready with a place to clean our shoes befor going inside Buster.


Buster’s Gate Catarina, TX - Sunday, April 15, 2018
Morning 6 Degrees, Wind W at 1 to 2 Mph, Humidity 51%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 82 Degrees, Wind E at 5 to 9 Mph, Humidity 15%, sunny.

We are running like a smooth operating machine, as this is a nice change working with a different oil company. One thing that is noticeable is the licence plate numbers as not as close together like 123 and 124. They are coming from a wider area thus the letters and numbers are not close together. The actual work load is reduced on returning vehicles because once a record is made the server has memory and entering a partial of the licence plate number will call up the the rest and the persons name and company. That reduces our making a complete entry every vehicle visit.

I will post pictures when I have a better internet signal

Thought For The Day – I want to grow my own food but I can’t find any bacon seeds.




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bar M RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Apr 6 - 12

Bar M RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Friday, April 6, 2018
Morning 71 Degrees, Wind ESE at 2 to 4 Mph, Humidity 98%, cloudy.
Afternoon 89 Degrees, Wind S at 7 to 14 Mph, Humidity 45%, partly sunny.

We took a drive into San Antonio to Texas Rv as I need a new hose for the water bay and we are looking to get better bulbs for the bathroom light fixture. We purchased the hose and ordered the blubs, next week


Bar M RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Saturday, April 7, 2018
Morning 61 Degrees, Wind NNE at 4 to 9 Mph, Humidity 82%, cloudy.
Afternoon 45 Degrees, Wind NE at 8 to 17 Mph, Humidity 52%, cloudy.

Slow day hanging around Buster


Bar M RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Sunday, April 8, 2018
Morning 45 Degrees, Wind NNE at calm Mph, Humidity 73%, cloudy.
Afternoon 73 Degrees, Wind ESE at 6 to 12 Mph, Humidity 39%, mostly cloudy.


Bar M RV Park - Pleasanton, TX -Monday, April 9, 2018
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind W at 1 to 5 Mph, Humidity 98%, cloudy.
Afternoon 67 Degrees, Wind ENE at 7 to 14 Mph, Humidity 71%, mostly cloudy.


Bar M RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Morning 53 Degrees, Wind NNW at calm Mph, Humidity 85%, partly cloudy.
Afternoon 77 Degrees, Wind NE at 8 to 17 Mph, Humidity 28%, partly sunny.

We drove into San Antonio and picked up the bulbs we ordered today our excitement went down from there as the bulbs did not do what we were expecting them to do, brighten the room. These bulbs only concentrate the light in the down direction. On to plan C. 


Bar M RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Morning 66 Degrees, Wind SE at 4 to 5 Mph, Humidity 69%, partly sunny.
Afternoon 8 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity %, .

My wife had her mammogram and sonogram this afternoon and on the way back to Buster I called our gate coordinator letting him know we are available for work. He did not answer but I left a message.


Bar M RV Park - Pleasanton, TX - Thursday, April 12, 2018
Morning 67 Degrees, Wind ESE at 4 to 5 Mph, Humidity 90%, cloudy.
Afternoon 91 Degrees, Wind  at  to  Mph, Humidity %, mostly sunny.

I got a call after ten this morning for a gate job starting tomorrow in Catarina, Texas. Someone else was to take the gate releasing the people there at the gate, another couple was assigned but had a breakdown, engine radiator problem. First I went shopping for some groceries and drinking water. We got busy to move Buster down the road today.

I moved Buster onto the parks road and connected Tan Jan and on the highway after two o’clock headed to Catarina. Buster stopped in Cotulla for diesel fuel drink and we arrived at a staging point at the ranch entrance about six o’clock. There was a spare generator there and we hooked up and had electrical power for the night. There are three couples that “operate this gate in three eight hour shifts, busy work.

The trip was only one hundred and twenty-seven miles but there was construction zones on TX 97 and FM 133 that were single lane traffic controlled by a traffic signal. This setup means there is no flagman and is in operation twenty-four hours. If you miss the green light there is a long sit time as there is time to clear traffic from your direction and the other direction before your light turns green for you to continue on to the next one. There were three zones on TX 97 and two on FM 133.





Thought for the Day:

I know the voices aren’t real, but they come up with some great ideas.