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 its teeth with a snap. 

You drill, test, lay pipe and produce, or plug the hole.

Trying to hit a target you can’t see and can’t know the size of , covered by roller coaster layers of Earth 4000 plus feet down, is tough.

A fair number of wells are busts.

A few  are bonanzas.

Every project looks good or you wouldn’t be out here freezing in the middle of winter in a place not even fit for cows.

My brother Neal, at my request, always tells me, before we drill a well, about John Steinbeck’s  rabbit in ” Of Mice and men. ” Keeping your dream in full view is essential for any initiative to get off the ground.

Before each calculated gamble, on Neal’s skill and experience, I rub my stomach, like a big Buddha,for good luck.

In this life, you can never have too much good luck and too many superstitions.

 

 

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