Well I left the beef fat and downstream petro behind, and took a plane to Midland TX. The earth looks scraped clean – and it kind of is, at least in patches (scraped and then bored down down through strata of hard and soft, old and older. Lots of oil pump jacks – the term I like best for them is Thirsty Bird… but more on that soon.

Hello Oil! Derrick at work.

Hello Oil! Derrick at work.


Thirsty Bird pads


My comments in (italics)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Coast Guard says a nearly one-mile stretch of the Houston Ship Channel will be closed for at least four days as workers use pitchforks and fishnets to corral, pierce and remove 15,000 gallons of beef fat.

Coast Guard spokesman Richard Brahm says shipping has not been impacted (but our scheduled boat tour was: they canceled ship channel port tours because of BEEF FAT). The refinery-lined (and beef fat biodiesel storage-lined) waterway is one of the busiest marine thoroughfares in the country.

On Tuesday, about 250,000 gallons of beef fat leaked from a storage tank, and some reached the waterway through a storm drain. The fat solidified when it hit the colder water.

Initially, the Coast Guard thought the channel would reopen early Thursday. But Brahm says the cleanup is taking longer than expected. By late Wednesday only 25 percent of the mess had been removed.


I am in TX — in Houston for the week. It is balmy.


current state of the studio- studies for Texas

HazMat Worker studies

HazMat Worker studies


I found this while doing research on sink hole schematics.

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CO2 SCHOOL (Jointly sponsored by APTA and Midland College’s PPDC) Register Now
(PTRT 1091)Class will be held January 2011!
January 24 – 27, 2011
Course# G094 102Q

Monday – Thursday

Location: Midland College PPDC Building, 105 W. Illinois Ave. (Midland, Texas)

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