Black Gold. Texas Tea. Oil, that is.
It’s a good thing I’ve become a teetotaler because Texas is full of tea… but it’s black tea. As in oil. My drink of choice happens to be tea made from leaves. But I’d be happy to have a property full of Texas tea. (Unless it’s the Lipton all Texas restaurants serve exclusively – I don’t care for that stuff. Blech.)
A brief (probably inaccurate) education of Texas Black Gold
(followed by lots of pictures for my Playboy-style, pics-only readers)
The Eagle Ford Shale, which runs diagonally through Texas, is one of the highest oil producing formations in the US and possibly the world. It’s also been right under my rear end for most of the time I’ve been in south Texas. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean I get any of the oil and gas royalties.
In case you missed it, a couple years ago I toured a massive oil drilling operation. (Reading that post is not a prerequisite for the following, but any little bit could help. Besides, I look kinda cute in the overalls and hardhat… better than I expected, anyway.)
Most folks new to Texas see a pumpjack (pictures below) and think it’s an oil well drill. Pumpjacks are what oil and gas operators put on the well to pump out the oil after it’s been drilled. Drills for large wells are only there for about three weeks, and then they pull up, moving the whole massive operation by large flatbed trucks to another spot. Gas wells usually have a bunch of pipes instead of a pumpjack.
Texas is lousy with pumpjacks. By design, they’re metal and very industrial-looking and not at all attractive to have in your yard. Some towns, like Luling (pop. 5,400), paint and decorate them. When I first visited Luling (the town with the Watermelon Watertower, and got a terse comment from a resident – too funny!) a couple years ago, the pumpjacks were in serious need of a coat of paint, and not ready for even my lousy blog photos. Since then, someone gave them some love and now they’re looking pretty good. They also got a nice, new mural.
(This concludes the written portion of the brief education of Texas oil. The remainder is in pictures. You’re welcome.)
And now, the Pumpjacks…
Now you know all I do about Black Gold. Texas tea.