Location, location, location

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by scott180, Mar 7, 2022.

  1. scott180

    scott180 Heavy Load Member

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    I've been considering oil work but don't know enough about locations to decide where to direct my research. Like many others I'd be going there to work and have no other ties to the area therefore I can go to any location.

    From an experienced oilfield drivers perspective what's your favorite location to work out of and why?
    Tell us FNG's the good and the bad of it. Don't hold back. Some may be deterred, but others may be intrigued.

    Also what locations are a ring of hell from Dante's inferno and should be avoided by all but the hardest core sadist?

    All information is welcome. Driving conditions, housing, culture, companies, pay, entertainment. Anything and everything that would make a driver want to go or stay away form that particular location.

    Thanks
     
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  3. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    I prefer the Permian Basin for several reasons.
    There's just so much oil there, has been for decades and will be for many more because they're still drilling into new formations.
    It costs less to drill and complete wells there than in other plays like the Eagle Ford (b/c the formations aren't as tight) so companies are more likely to bring new wells online there.
    Community relations there are much better than in the Barnett shale, for one.
    The weather is much better than the Bakken, and the cost of living isn't quite as high.
     
  4. scott180

    scott180 Heavy Load Member

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    What's your favorite area in the Permian Basin and what companies are worthwhile to work for?
    There are companies advertising for 2k to 3k a week for hauling sand. Is that right? Does oil pay more?
    I keep coming back to looking at oil field work because of the wages. I had some major life setbacks that cost me my entire savings and now I'm 45 and need to start over. Buying a house and paying it off in full with a reasonable retirement plan will be tough. The only thing I got going for me now is a good work ethic.
     
  5. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    When I left, the Delaware Basin was still going strong, and production was starting to shift a little bit to the West around the area from Carlsbad down to Orla and Pecos. I don't know anything about the Midland Basin, but I would definitely recommend you check into it.

    Oil will give you a more consistent income over time, because it's midstream. Sand, being upstream, will have more ups and downs just depending on how much drilling & completion activity is occurring. Also, I've heard rumors of a lot of rate-cutting and unpaid waiting time in the sand business.

    If you decide to do sand, look for an established company like Chalk Mountain. If you do oil, look for a first purchaser that hauls their own oil, like Enterprise ($5K sign-on bonus at the Hobbs, Monahans, and Midland terminals) or Energy Transfer.
     
  6. DRTDEVL

    DRTDEVL Medium Load Member

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    Do you prefer hot or cold? Hot? Permian. Cold? Bakken.

    There's not really any in-between with the weather.

    I've known of some who would drive ND from May-October, then TX from November-April. Heck, I knew a guy who drove ND in the summer and AK in the winter because it was warmer in AK!
     
  7. Another Canadian driver

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    Don't forget your health.
    No amount of money is worth ruining it.
     
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    DRTDEVL Medium Load Member

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  9. LameMule

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    Sounds like owner operator rates doesn't it!

    It's no different than thinking 80% is more than 75% without looking at the specifics first.

    If I were looking for oilfield work I'd be calling up companies like the ad I shared and writing down the take-home pay/benefits and going where the money is.
     
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