Oil patch in the Bakken

Bakken oil rig in North Dakota – kinda beautiful in a way – kinda controversial in another.

Oil rig in the snow

I took this picture near Williston last week and am including it on my website just to try to keep it alive and to see if I receive any comments about the whole concept of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking.

oil rig in snow

I was delivering some parts today and was impressed with all the beautiful outback country there is in North Dakota. Going through the Berthold Reservation I  had to be sure to avoid the open range horses that were randomly wandering about.  So much beautiful country but I could not stop my truck to take pictures. (also it is not welcome to wander about a rig taking photos – it is not allowed to wander about a rig period) FR clothing is required (fire resistant), hard hat, reflective gear, safety glasses etc and you are not allowed to be a jerk in general in most cases.

…anyway there one is ! Yippie !

beautiful snowI like snow : )

Oil Rig on Lake SakakaweaOil Rig on Lake Sakakawea on the Ft Berthold reservation in North Dakota – the land of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara people. pic taken Wed Nov 21

Meriwether Lewis diaryStatement by Meriwether Lewis “THIS SCENERY, ALREADY RICH, PLEASING AND BEAUTIFUL, WAS STILL FURTHER HIGHTENED BY IMMENSE HERDS OF BUFFALO, DEER AND ELK…WHICH WE SAW IN EVERY DIRECTION FEEDING ON THE HILLS AND PLAINS. I DONOT THINK I EXAGGERATE WHEN I ESTIMATE THE NUMBER OF BUFFALO WHICH COULD BE COMPREHENDED AT ONE VIEW TO AMOUNT TO 3000″

3 OF A KIND3 of a kind

Skunk BayDown by Skunk Bay near the boat dock.

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dp


just north of Kildeer, North Dakota

Kildeer siteunusual to see 4 pumps in a row like this

Nabors 445Nabors 445

Williston ND


Merry Christmas


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Dakota Gecko

dp – Happy Holidays

 

 

 

 

Nov 17, 2012 www.dutchpickle.com

12 responses to “Oil patch in the Bakken”

  1. Paint it white and put a wind turbine on it and people will see it as a thing of beauty that makes them feel good. My nephew was working on drill rigs in Wyoming in the winter. 12 hour shifts day and night until the drilling lubricant oil freezes and they can’t drill anymore. He said it was very windy and brutally cold.

  2. I’m very happy to see you keeping the web site alive. I live in Manila now (I’m American) and still refer to it for trip planning. I’m guessing that you’re just saving up money and will return to the Philippines at some point.

    Energy independence for the USA would be wonderful and I’m hoping to see nat gas vehicles there eventually. I’m fine with the fracking process but I’ve noticed that the person who invented it has stated that federal regulation is necessary for environmental purposes.

  3. Hi Dutchpickle: you mention the utilization of fireproof clothing while working in the oil fields. What categories of apparel are used? For example, are they in the forms of jumpsuits, shirts, pants, etc.? Are they supplied by the company or are the field workers required to purchase them with their own resources? Thanks in advance for your reply.

  4. Hey dp , great pics n info as usual. R u still north or have u moved south yet ? Johnny is wondering were uncle dp has gone too hahahah. Its great to see u still posting new stories. Alls well here but missing my old mate. Things just not the same. Hoping to see u in the new year.

  5. DP,

    The photo of the snow looks kind of like the moon’s landscape…new years day here in Sydney yesterday it was over 100 dec so i hit the local pub to get away from the heat and to take in the air-conditioning to keep me cool for the day!

    Vietnam was a great trip mate…I will get back there again soon after i do a trip to Laos later is year…you need to checkout Vietnam as its a great place for a visit!

    MG

  6. I love theses photos of North Dakota! Gives me a new appreciation for the state, and also an idea of just how FRIGID it can get in the winter.

  7. Hey DP.
    I was running cranes up in the Williston area in 2010.If you like oilfield work,there is plenty of it in Texas,and it pays better.Contact me directly at my email if your able.I am planning a trip to Palawan in May of 2014 and would like to talk to you.Thanks.

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