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5 oilfield slang terms that sound nothing like what they mean

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Beyond the dead horse debate of whether hydraulic fracturing’s shortened phrase should include a “k” or not, the oil industry is home to some of the craziest slang I’ve ever read in my life. There are plenty of phrases, some popular while others are most likely outdated and obscure, that have given roustabouts in the fields a sort of clique ...

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An oil show relic

Cable tool drilling rig, Kern County Musuem

Masts of pulling units and a rig or two loomed over the Ector County Coliseum during this year’s oil show, and yet again, a relic from the region’s first boom nearly a century ago stood among them. The old cable tool rig. Roughnecks in the days since such rigs were introduced in the 1860s would build their wooden frame on ...

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