Today's news that an abandoned gas station in North Dakota was found piled high with radioactive material taught us something about fracking: It produces 27 tons of dirty socks a day. Those are "filter socks," used to collect solids from the water that gets pumped into wells.
What else? The socks contain NORMs-- short for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials.
Here's an oilfield joke (as cited here): Dope comes in five gallon buckets, joints are 30 feet long, with a pusher on every rig.
Hilarious, right? Here are more terms to, er, grease the wheel:
Pusher: Short for "tool pusher"-- the boss on a rig, the guy who keeps everything moving.
Dope: Also known as "pipe dope"-- goop that lubricates the threads when screwing two pipes together, and creates a water-tight seal.
Joint: A length of pipe.
More fracking fun:
Pigs: Do not bust pushers. They are tools for cleaning pipes.
Escort services: Drilling equipment arrives at oilfields on trucks... as an oversize load. Escort services provide extra vehicles to accompany the trucks like a motorcade, making sure they get plenty of room on the highway.
Fishing: Not for recreation. When something gets dropped down the hole in a well, it's called a "fish." Guys with good fishing tools can make a good living in the oilfields.