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Re: Oilfield​

Postby greybeard » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:40 pm

Some, will know what they're looking at here...I've never seen one left to produce quite this way.
(mid 80s Austin Chalk play on hiway 36 just S. of Caldwell)
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Postby Brute 23 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:23 pm

greybeard wrote:Some, will know what they're looking at here...I've never seen one left to produce quite this way.
(mid 80s Austin Chalk play on hiway 36 just S. of Caldwell)
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Looks like it came in on them so they closed the rams and started producing.
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Postby 1982vett » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:03 pm

Brute 23 wrote:
greybeard wrote:Some, will know what they're looking at here...I've never seen one left to produce quite this way.
(mid 80s Austin Chalk play on hiway 36 just S. of Caldwell)
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Looks like it came in on them so they closed the rams and started producing.

Seems like I remember pump jacks were not readily available back then, but a good many wells did free flow for a short while.
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Postby Brute 23 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:18 pm

A lot of the time they completed the wells right there with the drilling rig. There was no horizontal wells or frac fleet to come in. They shot the zone right there with the drilling rig and they flowed it back. If it did good they went to the next one. If it didn't they pulled up the hole and shot it again.

I'd like to see what's on the other end.
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Postby greybeard » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:36 am

Brute 23 wrote:A lot of the time they completed the wells right there with the drilling rig. There was no horizontal wells or frac fleet to come in. They shot the zone right there with the drilling rig and they flowed it back. If it did good they went to the next one. If it didn't they pulled up the hole and shot it again.

I'd like to see what's on the other end.

I don't know what else was up there, but there was a dang HP gauge on top. I couldn't get it all to fit in the picture. This was a Williams well. They drilled a lot of them in the chalk back then. Had a yard over on that FM road that came out at Lyons.

And you're right. It was move in, rig up, poke a hole, and get rigged down and move on to the next one. Most less than 5,000' I believe.
The locations were almost all just caliche with the only place they had mats was under the substructure. I never saw a board road on any of those chalk wells.

All those wells that were drilled up to 1985, I only remember one having trouble and IIRC, it was an Exeter rig .. it burned on a location going out toward Dime Box.
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Postby greybeard » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:51 am

From 'the old days'..
We had built our own slingshot rig in La that was fast rig up and down. It worked ok, but then we bought 3 brand new OIME rigs out of Odessa. The 3 floor engines and 2 mud pumps sat right on the ground and a driveline powered the rotary and draw works.

Then someone got the bright idea of us getting into the workover end and we got 4 wore out pos WOs from some company out of North La and took them all to our yard just West of Caldwell. 2 Wilsons and 2 Cranes.
There was ALWAYS something broke or about to break on them Crane Carrier rigs.

Trying to get back in the hole with the hydramatic brake's shaft sheared off. Caught the drum brakes afire too.
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Postby greybeard » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:08 am

I think this one was a job we were on down at Bay City a couple years later. Looks to be too much pipe in the derrick for a chalk hole.
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Got on location late one day to rig up and late that evening found out half the rig was impounded without a permit on the side of I-10. No crew quarters yet and I had to have a bath.. :lol:


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Postby Brute 23 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:50 am

Those are cool pics. Now days it's no cameras or pics or any thing.
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Postby Craig Miller » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:59 am

I like those pics. We can still take pictures. Just so we don't post up any pictures of anybody doing anything wrong. If you're into reading I read a book once called wildcatters. It's about a geologist in about the 1930s.
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Re: Oilfield​

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Postby Craig Miller » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:01 am

I saw that yesterday. We were told some other info on it. They were out of the hole working bha. Apparently didn't check for pressure before opening the blinds and the gas was sitting there waiting on them. I drilled just southwest of there for a couple years. The well will tell you what you need to know if your paying attention to it.
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Postby Craig Miller » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:11 am

All the news reporter act like they don't know anything about drilling rigs. One said they rigged up last week and the rig is bigger than a drilling rig. :roll: They all say there was 20 people working when it happen. 20 people on location maybe. 5 working. You can guess where they were. The last report said only 3 missing though. It's a bad deal. Anybody on the floor wouldn't even had time to react to something like that
Edit. 5 missing. 3 drill crew. 1 company man. 1 directional driller. And the report I got yesterday may not have been correct
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Postby Caustic Burno » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:04 am

Craig Miller wrote:I like those pics. We can still take pictures. Just so we don't post up any pictures of anybody doing anything wrong. If you're into reading I read a book once called wildcatters. It's about a geologist in about the 1930s.



Got a bunch of old pictures somewhere of the Goose Creek and Barbers Hill oil fields . Great uncle was contractor and built a lot of the wooden derricks. The lumber came from my great grandfathers saw mill. Dad worked for his uncle.
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Re: Oilfield​

Postby Allenw » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:47 pm

Craig Miller wrote:All the news reporter act like they don't know anything about drilling rigs. One said they rigged up last week and the rig is bigger than a drilling rig. :roll: They all say there was 20 people working when it happen. 20 people on location maybe. 5 working. You can guess where they were. The last report said only 3 missing though. It's a bad deal. Anybody on the floor wouldn't even had time to react to something like that
Edit. 5 missing. 3 drill crew. 1 company man. 1 directional driller. And the report I got yesterday may not have been correct


They recovered the bodies today, there were five.
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Postby Caustic Burno » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:47 pm

Allenw wrote:
Craig Miller wrote:All the news reporter act like they don't know anything about drilling rigs. One said they rigged up last week and the rig is bigger than a drilling rig. :roll: They all say there was 20 people working when it happen. 20 people on location maybe. 5 working. You can guess where they were. The last report said only 3 missing though. It's a bad deal. Anybody on the floor wouldn't even had time to react to something like that
Edit. 5 missing. 3 drill crew. 1 company man. 1 directional driller. And the report I got yesterday may not have been correct


They recovered the bodies today, there were five.


This was a bad situation with no good outcome.
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