Scott’s Adventures in Nebraska

Beth’s Bar and Grill Benkleman, Nebraska

This might be Beth's Bar and Grill, but it might not be Beth who serves us. This morning our hostess, waitress, cook is a short, stubby, older looking than she is woman who wears house slippers and a blue apron. She screws up her face funny when she writes our order...

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W.C. Fields #1 – Video W.C. Fields #1

 Going into the hole you add pipe, coming out of the hole you take away pipe.. It is snowing but the drillers don't stop. When you are drilling a mile down you don't leave the hole open long. The Earth doesn't tolerate straws dipped into its reservoir and can close...

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Family Footsteps Near Benkleman, Nebraska, November. 2018

On the derrick, a crew of three push the drill bit deeper. A length of pipe is retrieved from the squirrel cage at the top of the rig, lowered to the captured and clamped pipe at the top of the hole. The new length of pipe is screwed onto the top of the pipe coming...

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In the Geo-Hut Home Bases

The Geo-Hut is adjacent to the derrick, hooked up to electric with heaters blasting 24/7 to deal with snow and deteriorating weather. This snow started yesterday and has intermittently laid a six inch blanket atop the Geo-Hut roof. Inside the trailer, one bunk is...

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W. C. Fields #1 Hard at Work

The rig moved in four days ago. The drilling crew are cold and wet but crews run twenty four seven coming back out of the hole only to replace a broken or dull bit, or let a logger test a zone. Despite what you read in the Washington Post, the Denver Post, the New...

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Oil Rig, Nebraska Black Gold

Snow blew in yesterday and is falling earthward softly. Big sloppy soft flakes hit a diesel power plant that runs all the rig lights and equipment, touch hot metal and turn to water on contact. Snow covers the roof of the mud logger's SUV and dark mid west prairie mud...

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