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chumbucket - 2010-12-30

on the list of jobs I'll take only if I really really need it

takewithfood - 2010-12-30

I don't think there are enough "really"s for me.

chumbucket - 2010-12-30


godot - 2010-12-30

Its good pay for guys with HS educations, starting at 50k for 26 weeks on, and rising to 110k+ for foremen etc. Like coal mining, dirty, potentially dangerous, but (given current energy infrastructure) more important to our well-being than all the lawyers and marketing executives combined.

godot - 2010-12-30

I'd like us to switch to renewables more than most, but its standup guys like these that will be cleaning the oilgae intakes, not white collars.

baleen - 2010-12-30

Here here!
Did you catch the last issue of Atlantic per chance.

fluffy - 2010-12-30

Next on Dirty Jobs: the divide between overpaid and only vaguely-useful IT workers and the underpaid but absolutely vital energy workers they depend on widens.

godot - 2010-12-30

fluffy doesn't know about North Dakota.

Caminante Nocturno - 2010-12-30


Tom Collins - 2010-12-31

No, that's lava. This is some sort of delightful lubricant.

kingarthur - 2010-12-30

Soundtrack: Under Pressure.

fedex - 2010-12-30

so what exactly happened here?

pastorofmuppets - 2010-12-30

Oh, I'm sure he had some cosmic rationale.

jangbones - 2010-12-30

the dude at the controls might have open the pressure valve before the seal was complete, or perhaps there was a unexpected pressure surge

this piece of brilliant insight is from a person who sits at a computer all day, although I once was friends with a employee of a Halliburton competitor who's job was running tubing deep into land-based oil and gas wells

godot - 2010-12-30

Most petroleum drilling isn't primarily powered by a rotary deck, as 30+ years ago, but by drilling fluid (mostly a mud slurry) at very high pressure running down the drill pipe and powering a downhole turbine that powers the drill bit, returning up the annular space around the drill pipe carrying rock chips.

As jangbones mentions, someone actuated the fluid valve before a solid seal was made in the drill pipe threading.

The future for most production drilling is likely small-diameter coiled tubing (as is common in Canada), so rig crew requirements and the likelyhood of mishaps at threaded connections will drop dramatically.

If others are interested, I could post a vid of a veteran Mexican rig crew making a drill pipe connection in under 30 seconds. Its like watching a choreographed ballet. A manly, sweaty, muscley ballet.

OhYouMeanNancy - 2010-12-30

Pastor, that's just gross.

Ludo Smell Bad - 2010-12-30

pastor- if you post it I'll vote it up

Ludo Smell Bad - 2010-12-30

I mean godot

fedex - 2010-12-30


Robin Kestrel - 2010-12-30


xavierthebunny - 2010-12-30

@ 10 seconds "Hurr de hurr hurr"
@ 15 seconds "Hurr de hu...SPLOOOO!"

Also, earth's money shot.

DrVital - 2010-12-30

This oil rig has exploded, BUT YOU CANNOT SEE IT!

zerobackup - 2010-12-31

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Valkor - 2011-01-06

The drill pipe extends all the way from the drilling rig down to where the drill bit is. That can be miles of pipe. It is made up of 30 foot sections of pipe. When pulling the drill pipe out or pushing it down it is necessary to disconnect or connect the pipes.

In this case it looks like they are pulling the pipe out of the hole and are disconnecting a section. For some reason the fluid in the drill pipe is over pressured and the crew did not seem to realize it. Luckily it is just drilling mud and is relatively incompressible. If that has been some natural gas kick they would have been killed.

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