Good-Bye Frack Crew

Posted by on January 24, 2014

Thursday night was a very quiet night here in the oil patch.  With the frack ending yesterday afternoon and the icky weather warranting the frack company to ‘shut down’ until this morning.  Michael’s last vehicle through the gate headed out about 9:00 pm last night.  I went to bed about 9:30 and was awoke by the sound of the bell going off at 5:02 am.  Ben was coming into relieve Darrell.  There was no traffic between those 2 vehicles.

Our icy wonderland!

Our icy wonderland!

The temps really took a nose dive…enough so that we woke up to no water…thankfully we had water in the tank and were able to use that until things warmed up.  With the temp down around 28 and a light rain you can imagine the icy mess outside.  With the high only reaching 35ish today checking vehicles in and out wasn’t as ‘fun’ as it was when it was in the 70s!

Coulda swore we were in south Texas

Coulda swore we were in south Texas

It was so quiet that we had breakfast in our recliners while watching TV!  It’s been a long time since we’ve had a leisurely morning so we enjoyed it thoroughly.  It’s those little things that mean the most.

While it was still quiet out I decided to go out and check out the conditions.  The grove of trees across from us was speaking to me the minute I went out the door.  ‘Tinkle, tinkle, crackle, crackle’.  Everything was ice-covered – trees, grass, water supply, coach, truck….everything!  The highway and lease road were fairly clear, thankfully.  Although there wasn’t nearly the traffic that there is normally.

One of the smaller pieces of equipment going out the gate

One of the smaller pieces of equipment going out the gate

With all the ice the guys didn’t start coming in until 10:30 or so and when they did they came in bundled up!  Coats, hats, scarves.  Gotta be miserable out there working with the ice-covered metal.

With the frack being completed yesterday much of today was spent ‘rigging down’…in other words tearing down, packing up and moving out.  About mid-afternoon I started logging in ‘bob-tails’ that were coming in to haul equipment to the new site.  Throughout the day small pick up trucks were in and out hauling off the smaller equipment.  They’d come in, they’d leave and then they’d do it all over again.

Five bobtails going in to pick up there loads

Five bobtails going in to pick up there loads

We got the official call about noon today that we were going to be moving with the fracking crew.  Our service guys were to be here about 9:00 am tomorrow to move our ‘necessity trailers’ to our new location.

About an hour after I received that call I received another telling us that we wouldn’t be moving after all.  We’re ok with that too.  We were honored that the crew thought enough of us to ask us to travel with them but we’d heard that the new gate was one that had to be opened and closed after each vehicle and was even closer to the highway than we are now.  It would have been nice to know that we had a ‘job’ but we’re confident that when we’re done at this gate it won’t be long before we’re assigned a new gate.

Bobtails coming back with their first load

Bobtails coming back with their first load

It ended up being a pretty busy day but I think it will be a fairly quiet night again.  We don’t know what’s in store the next few days but it’ll be interesting to find out!  We do know that the next step in the process is ‘coiled tubing‘ but we don’t know when that will start or what to expect.

One of many trucks carrying fracking equipment heading out the gate

One of many trucks carrying fracking equipment heading out the gate

2 Responses to Good-Bye Frack Crew

  1. John

    Great post! I love the pictures of all the equipment, I would like more detailed shots but I know that is not possible because you are working.

    I don’t know how Michael can stay awake on night shit with less traffic. Keep up the great work and stay safe.

    • Kelly

      Thanks, John! Michael might have less traffic at night but it was kind of spread out in like 20 – 30 minute intervals making it easier to stay awake.

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