Friday, June 16, 2017

Yeah, But




We are seeing a resurgence in fracking in Northern Colorado. Jobs, $15-50 an hour, are opening. There is a general feeling of optimism in the air. People are shopping and spending money. Lots of cars and trucks, mainly late model used, on the road with happy tags (temporary permits).

Yeah, but! Damned oil field trash drivers. You wonder if the HR Departments have some special selection process to hire only rude and thoughtless drivers.



Overweight, under powered, and running side by side on four lane highways for mile after mile. Assholes!

Along the Front Range are small towns that are now trendy suburbs, or exurbs. The residents don't know their history, how these towns were once coal mining towns for underground mines.

(And hey! A lot of that coal is still there and extraction is financially viable with strip mining)

A relative lives in one of these towns. She and her husband are angry that a similar sight to this one is 1/2 mile from their neighborhood and they see it every time they go to work.



What makes me shake my jowls is this. She is a coal miner's daughter. Her father put groceries on the table for twenty years killing his kidneys on a bulldozer in a strip mine. That fracking rig, which will be gone in a year leaving a small well head, is putting groceries on a lot of tables.

We are enjoying some of the lowest electric costs in the nation due to being up to our asses in natural gas and the power plants burning it. Gasoline? Around $2.50 a gallon or lower even with the seasonal jump. 

Yeah, but it is icky and awful to look at (but we will keep the lower costs. Aren't we entitled?)

10 comments:

  1. DRILL BABY, DRILL!

    I realize that it means traffic, but the jobs mean hope for people up and down the line in and out of the oil business. It means prosperity. Thank Trump.

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    1. My sister says I'm not impatient because you need patience to be impatient. Probably right. That said, I am on the side of jobs.

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  2. It's ALL about entitlement, and no, they DON'T remember where they came from or what their parents went through. Dammit...

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    1. Sadly true. I like these people but would like to give her a good spanking.

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  3. Prosperity does have its downside. But it seems the downside is only for the spoiled few. Evidently they don't work in an area that is effected by the economy.

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    1. One with a government job. The other with a secure position. Dual income, no kids. Not to say they both aren't hard workers because they are.

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  4. I've seen them make walls of hay bales around the rigs along I-25. Don't know if they're for wind breaks, or to keep from "spoiling" the view for those who don't know where electricity comes from.

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    1. The straw bales and, in some cases high fences, are fairly recent (past two years or so). Mainly for noise and light abatement. Also helps deter trespassing and theft.

      On a personal level, I find them uglier than the operations they shield.

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    2. Ahhh...Thanks for the clarification. Never occurred to me that's what they were for.

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    3. I may just be partially correct - just what I've heard over coffee with oil field workers.

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