An advertisement for an ADsorb-it Filter Sock. Owner Herb Pearse says they have been "used for years to address...vault dewatering, sinking boat dewatering, and general dewatering and stormwater filtration issues."
An advertisement for an ADsorb-it Filter Sock. Owner Herb Pearse says they have been "used for years to address...vault dewatering, sinking boat dewatering, and general dewatering and stormwater filtration issues." - 
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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.

Find more in the oilfield glossary compiled by the oil-production services company Schlumberger

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