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Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Oil Patch

The only one cheerful today is Blue.



The Oil Patch should be called the Black Plague. I'll probably be shot for saying it but: "I HATE the oil patch!" (Be prepared for a rant. The faint of heart should quit reading now.)


That day, I rode so hard to put a bunch of crazy (Gelvieh) cows into their new field, well, all for naught. Now there are 500 pairs spread over 20,000 acres.

In their 'enthusiam' to mow the long grass, the mower guys (Oil Patch) knocked out one side pole on a Texas gate and instead of telling someone covered up by leaning the pole up and holding it with a couple of big rocks. Like that was going to fool the cows? (Mind you, it did fool the cowboy who checked all the gates before he put the cows in the field).

Did I tell you about the time they ramrodded us into digging a well so close to where we live I could have spit on them? How they left the gates open when it was 20 degrees below 0 Farenheight and my cowboy was gone so it was little old me that had to round up a dozen horses on foot in knee deep snow in a 5000 acre pasture? How I had to move the horses cause I couldn't trust them to close a gate which meant I had to drive down and chop ice for the horses till they left? How I had to lock up my dogs the whole time they were there and when they were gone the first time I let them out, they ran right over there and rolled in human feceses?

I could go on. . .  and on. . .  and on. . .

How can Alberta ever survive with out the Black Plague? I don't know about the rest of Alberta but there's one cowgirl who would shout Haleluliah! if all the horrible stuff and everyone that sold their soul to get it out of the ground all dried up and blew away in the stiff Alberta breeze that tormented me all day.

12 comments:

Ames said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could lose weight by venting??? I'd be skinny by now!

I say heathier to get it off your shoulders than to hold it in! And if it were me having to chase cows I think I'd be marching over to the head man in charge of the idiot that propped up the pole and demand he chase the my cows home and repair the fence too! Why the nerve of some people! Makes me mad when people make more work for me.

You need a long soak in a hot tub, followed by a cup of tea and some CHOCOLATE!!!!! :)~Ames

ain't for city gals said...

Oh girl..just what you didn't need...I take it their purpose is for drilling for oil?

LindaG said...

*hugs*
People who can't accept responsibility for their actions, and people who have no common sense or moral decency are the bane of existence. :(

I hope tomorrow is better for you. ♥

the Goodwife said...

Sounds like that was one whale of a bad day! Rant away, that's the beauty of a blog! I second Ames idea of a hot tub and some chocolate! God Bless!

ain't for city gals said...

In reply to your last comment on my blog..and I am saying this nicely....I do know what the important things in life are and I do know they are not money...so please ...

ResilientHeart said...

I'm in complete agreement, and I say let's super-size that chocolate! :-)

Hugs to you - makes perfect sense you're upset, if you weren't conscientious and caring you'd not be venting.

You've got a good, noble heart!

Rachel said...

Ha! You couldn't have said it better!!
I despise it too, and the people they hire, they have no common sense what so ever, it's pathetic, really!!! And I have a brother in law who if he heard me say this, he works in the oilfeild(he would tell you too I'm sure), that without it we wouldn't have all this: yada, yada, yada, stuff like shampoo and I can't remember what all.... my saying is: We lived without it before... why can't we do it again, right?

Okay, maybe some couldn't.... but thats beside the point. Those who understand the mischeif that they all bring to those who love the land itself, and how they treat it, well, we would do without... I think?! :P

Well, I do hope tommorow is much better for you!! :)

fernvalley01 said...

Not a subject I dare start on. I wrote a letter last year that pretty much sums it up Enough is enough

Shirley said...

There is no excuse for irresponsible behavior, no matter what dollar figure is attached to their actions.

Jennifer said...

Amen!!!!! We get so tired of losing cattle, because the stupid oily's think they own the roads, and won't slow down. We lost 4 head over a weekend! We are so stinkin' tired of the oilfield. Not to mention the eyesore, and the smell, and the destruction of land.

Linda said...

You already know my feelings.....it's not just the patch though in your case....what ticks me off there is that you guys have ALL the responsibility and NO authority....that's not right...they should at least give you a club to use.

Jazlyn Oliver said...

Robin wants to defend himself... He says that he will go out of his way to make sure that there is nothing left of them being there, he makes sure that his juniors, who are under him, clean up the site of all trash...... this is a condition of employment for them. He says he doesn't ever want you to work harder than you ever have to and that is why it will never change as long as he is there. He says there are a few in the "black plague" industry that care about the land as much as you do, he says that it was driven into his head by his dad and the others that worked for Tero trucking back in 1990. Anywho, I feel for you... miss you guys lots! Stay healthy & strong.