Oil Rig Worker Photo Taken In Sundown Texas
Where does the gasoline that powers your car or the diesel that powers the bus you ride come from? Many Americans think all of it comes from the Middle East. In fact, over forty percent of our oil comes from North America. There are still large active oilfields in places like Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and offshore in the Gulf Of Mexico. In addition to drilling for oil rig workers like those in the photo below are often drilling for natural gas. Natural gas is very plentiful in the U.S. We have over 100 years worth of supply because of new discoveries like the Marcellus Shale.
Below is a photo of oil rig workers on a truck rig making a connection. Here the workers are adding on a joint of drillpipe which will be rotated down into the earth. Each time that a joint of drill pipe is drilled into the ground another must be added to keep “making hole”. Lubricating fluid or drilling mud is pumped down the center of this pipe to keep flushing rock cuttings up out of the well as it is being drilled and to keep underground gasses and fluids, which may be under extreme pressure, from reaching the surface.
The workers seen in the photo above work long hours in the hot sun or cold winter. Small rigs like this one, which is mounted on a truck for portability, are used for workover or re-entry work as opposed to drilling new wells from surface. Small truck mounted drilling rigs are cheaper to operate and move from place to place for this type of work on existing oil wells.
Re-entry work on oil wells may be for drilling a hole out of the side of the existing well horizontally, to drain more oil from an older depleted field. The area where this photo was taken is near the town of Sundown Texas.
The Slaughter field oilfield in Sundown Texas is one of the largest and oldest oilfields in the Pandhandle of Texas and has produced millions of barrels of oil.
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These hard working roughnecks don’t get the recognition they deserve for as hard as the job really is. Cheesy reality TV shows like “Black Gold” don’t really show how hard these employees work day to day.