Heartache in Texas

Heartache in Texas

Yesterday was a heart wrenching day in the great state of Texas. Our Oilfield Nation really took a hit, loosing more then just one person to oil industry related accidents......
by Gypsy Lyn  |   Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Yesterday was a heart wrenching day in the great state of Texas.  Our Oilfield Nation really took a hit, loosing more then just one person to oil industry related accidents.  Pictures were pouring over the internet of a fiery blaze that engulfed two oil related trucks that collided and took lives.  Not long after, despairing news followed regarding the loss of a derrick man, who fell to his death.  Texas will be flooding with tears and heartache today.

With oil industry pain, comes oil industry condemnation.  Every face of ignorance comes out to criticize when the patch is grieving.  Environmentalists, and liberals alike will use any form of negativity to enhance their arguments against oil and gas excursion.  None of which, seem to take in consideration the families and friends that are trying to deal with their pain at the losses suffered.   Children lost a father yesterday, wives lost a husband, and mothers and fathers lost a son, how could someone profit off of someone else's loss?  Yet, you find the internet based threads that start with the sad news of loss of life, and not far down you will find some uneducated hypocrite talking about how this effects the price of gas.  Just reading the simple minded words sends me into hysterics.  This normally calm, relaxed mom, has a tendency to start screaming at the computer in reaction to such hypocrisy. 

As an oilfield wife, this is my greatest fear; to loose my husband to oil.  Although, I recognize the need for his job and I can see the love he has for his career, I cannot imagine my life without him.  When I hear of these tragedies, I instantly put myself in a strangers shoes.  I cry, and I hurt for their families.  I instantly feel protective for the ones grieving, as if it is my job to educate and to keep the negative comments at bay.  I live over 1000 miles away from the families who suffered tragedy yesterday, and yet my arms are extended and I will do all that I can to ensure that their husbands, fathers, and sons will be honored the way that they should.  To be an Oilman is an honor, it is a respectable job that requires long hours, dedication, and determination.  Money is not handed to you, you work hard for it.  If that, alone, does not give you the honor that you deserve, then what will? 

 To the families grieving, remember that the oilfield is grieving with you.  We support you, and we express gratitude for the sacrifices that your loved one gave.  We pray that you find peace, and know that whatever you may need, there is someone in this industry who will bend over backwards to make sure you get it.  For any and all who want to use this time to criticize or use it for political gain, I suggest you find something else to do... there is a time and a place, and this is not it. 

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Joe | Thursday, June 20, 2013
Well said and sorry to hear about the accidents... hearts,thoughts and prayers out to all affected.
JW Barnett | Thursday, June 20, 2013
Thank You for your heartfelt article. It's a shame others would push apart instead of pulling together in tragic times like these.
And for those seeking to gain political momentum?, Not wasting breath or time on them.
God bless you and the families in this tragic loss of life.
Charolette | Thursday, June 20, 2013
So very sad to hear this will be keeping the familys in our prayers!
Elaine Callahan | Thursday, June 20, 2013
My husband worked in the oilfield for 50 years...recently retired. Our only son has been in for the last 5 years...headed to Russia this month ...28/28. Believe me, I know the sacrifices all these guys give to this industry and have many worried days/nights for their safety. My Prayers and thoughts are with all of them daily. We live in Texas but have not heard this accident on the news. So sad!
Jerri | Thursday, June 20, 2013
Hi! I just wanted to say, my husband and I are very proud of the job he does in the oil and gas industry, as well as being very proud liberals. I wish the term wasn't used in such a derogatory manner. We are in the industry too. We understand the "evils" of it, but know how much we need/use it.
Anyways. We are in the patch with y'all. We love our brothers and sisters like family. And our hearts go out to those that are grieving from this tragedy.
Edward Garrison | Friday, June 21, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with those families. This is the first that I have heard about this.
Marjorie | Friday, June 21, 2013
This is very well said. I could not agree more. I am so sick of all these people condemning the oil field even in our country. They forget the real meaning of life. My thoughts are with the families that lost there loved ones. Such a sad time for all involved. Take care everyone.
Your neighbor to the north (Canada)
craig cannon | Friday, June 21, 2013
well put and said my prayers to the family and friends who lost loved one's god bless and protect them AMEN
James Stainbrook, | Friday, June 21, 2013
I have been in the oil patch for 18 years this year, and the last 5 of it as an HSE Manager. My heart and prayers go out to the families of these incidents, because I know it has always been one of my wives greatest fears when I am out. God bless each and everyone of the families of these men, and may God give them a rig in heaven.
shawn platt | Friday, June 21, 2013
Rest in peace brothers, we do what we do and know the danger, we keep america driving and stronger, my heart goes out to the familys of this tragedy, God bless you.
paul larry poole | Friday, June 21, 2013
most people feel the same as this message from you all. god bless
herbert sigler rig 101 basin | Friday, June 21, 2013
L Bennett | Friday, June 21, 2013
I no longer work in the industry but have for the last 4 years in different roles. When I hear of these things my heart breaks, I shudder to think of losing even 1 of the many great people I have worked with. No one should go to work and never come home. I just wish that the industry would make safety a bigger priority. When that happens we will have no more tears, and no one will die for money.
Jim Henry | Friday, June 21, 2013
Amen bro and my Condolence goes out to family/Relatives & friends. I myself am a Derrick hand that fell some 19 yrs. ago and came so close to death that it is Unbelievable so all you roughnecks/derrick hands/operators etc. be safe and take a couple minutes of your time today to say a prayer to our lost brotha's out in the field.
Charlotte | Saturday, June 22, 2013
Gypsy Lyn, thank you for a well-written article. Have the families in our prayers.
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