Locally, there's been a lot of drilling activity in recent years (although it looks like that boom is pretty close to ending) and these new wells use electric motors for pumping the oil instead of the natural gas powered pump jacks that used to be used in the past. Because of that, there's also been a mini-boom in the 'upgrading-the-electrical-grid-infrastructure' business with new electrical lines being extended to oil well sites and old electrical lines being upgraded.
Whenever they run a new line to a well-site, they clear the right of way of most of the trees, then they usually grind them all up and haul them away. I could find a lot of uses for all those wood chips, but I've never had the chance to get my hands on any. But when I was driving by the new wells they drilled close to the farm the other day (I can't help it, I gotta keep track of how the drilling is going, how far along they are with fracking it, and whether they're done putting in the new electrical lines to the well-site), I finally hit the jackpot and found out that instead of hauling all those ground-up trees away, there were piles of wood chips alongside the road just begging for someone like me to come along and take them home.
|A big pile of firewood, free for the taking (at least the stuff in the ditch is)|
|Piles of wood chips up and down the road|
|"Hurry up and fill that up so we can get outta here before anyone sees us!!"|
|The first of many loads|
The question of the day is, are you a 'shock and awe', an 'I'm on official business', or a none of the above sort of picking-stuff-up-off-the-side-of-the road kind of guy?