CRUDE AWAKENING 7. – Oil Field Lingo #2

So, if  “during his tour, a roughneck punched holes from a rig while watching a stripper,”  you’d think that for a guy he could really multi – task, right?  No, he’s actually doing one project on a time frame.

Let’s get familiar with some more terms.  There are many, but these will suffice right now:

1. Seep – as in oil seep, places were oil literally squeezes out of the ground.

2.Setting – refers to placing casing, or pipe, in a well.

3.Spider – a heavy, steel frame over the mouth of the hole in rotary drilling.

4.Stove pipe – welded or riveted casing.

5.Swivel Necks: rotary drillers.

6.Thief – an instrument for removing oil samples from a tank.

7.Tool pusher – foreman of the drilling crew.

8. Stripper: a small volume but steadily producing oil well.

9.Three – D Seismic- Use of seismic waves to create a three-dimensional image of subterranean rock formation.

10.Wildcatting – the process of drilling exploratory wells.

Now that you all are beginning wildcat oil drillers (A wildcat is a test well drilled on unproved land) let’s take a look at the hazards of pulling  oil out of the ground.


About bettybyrd

Betty Byrd is an editor, author, and actress. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in creative writing, and furthered her literary career through graduate studies at Ohio State University. She was an editor for The Spectator, Ohio’s largest weekly newspaper, and has free – lanced for a national men’s magazine. Betty has appeared in film and television, as well as numerous commercials and mini-series. She is a voting member of the American Federation of Television Artists and also of the Screen Actors Guild. In 2002-2003 Betty was accepted into the Who’s Who of America and in 2007-2008, the Who’s Who of American Women. Her previous literary works include a novel, Trinity’s Daughter, for which she was honored as a local author by the San Diego Public Library. She is also a recipient of a first place fiction writing award for her new novel, Utopia, Texas at the prestigious Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. Betty has had successful book-signings across the country to large crowds at local Barnes and Nobles and other bookstores. She has been featured in newspapers, and appeared on NBC – TV, and radio talk shows. Betty currently lives in Southern California with her husband and family.
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