As I’ve said before, we are the last to know…anything…about what’s going on down at the pads. The fracing schedule and time frames are no exception to this rule. Yesterday morning I asked our welding guys how far along they were and when they thought they’d be finishing up. Well they’ll be done sometime on Thursday. Now doesn’t it make sense that we’d be right on schedule to start the fracing process around Friday?? OH NO!! Several hours later the trucks started rolling in with equipment and supplies for the frac job. Every thing from trailers full of porta potties to whole pieces of equipment to truck after truck of sand and water. All to prep for the frac crew that is coming in TODAY!! Any minute now actually. As my good friend says, I had to put on my big girl panties and handle it!! And I’m wearing some clean big girl panties today to handle the crew and the equipment that is sure to follow!!
One of the LOMA guys stopped by yesterday afternoon to check on us. That’s nice. Wanted to see if we needed anything, if there was anything they could do for us. Very nice! While he was here we picked his brain for some info on this fracing thing. We have heard/read so many things we didn’t know what was what anymore. So here’s the scoop. Fracing is the stage after a well has been drilled. To simplify the process, they bring in unGodly amounts of sand and water to “stuff” into the well. Once full they seal it under extreme pressure. The pressure causes fractures in the shale around the well which they proceed to “stuff” with more sand. Once everything is sealed and the full pressure is applied they release the well and pump out the water, sand and chemical mixture. Eventually the oil starts coming up with the mixture. The whole process will take between 7-10 days. Once the fracing is complete we will go into flowback mode. This is the stage where they continue to pump the oil out and monitor what is mixed in with the oil very carefully. A crew will move in down there, in bunk house style trailers, while we’re in flowback mode.
We are going to be extremely busy for the next 2 weeks!! But it’s exciting to see all the huge equipment coming in and meet all those new people!!
Here’s some of the cool stuff that came through yesterday.
Critter Update: I tried to give the bunnies a carrot last night around dusk. They didn’t want it… I threw it into the brush just to see if it was me they were scared of. As of this morning the whole carrot is still there untouched. More to come as the bunny story unfolds!!
Gotta sneak in a pic of the kid…Pinks is a little devil…this pic proves it!!
I couldn’t sign off today without wishing everyone a Happy & Safe 4th of July!! We are blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom to live our lives our way. I am proud of Chris and his service to our country. Thank you to all who have served, are serving and especially those that gave everything so that we can enjoy this freedom today!!
Over and Out