In their own words…

ELK Kids talk about their recent ELK outing

On Monday April 4th, Environmental Learning for Kids – always capitalizing on a no school day for our youth – gathered a small herd of students and headed to Platteville, Colorado, to visit a working oil rig. Thanks to Tuss Erickson III, a drill supervisor with Ensign Energy, and a cooperative crew of “rough necks” – an affectionate term used by those in the oil industry to describe themselves and the work they perform – for being gracious enough to allow ELK youth and staff to visit their working oil operation.

We asked a few of the ELK Kids to talk about their experience that day and wanted to share with you some of our favorites.

Edgar Escobedo..

ELK & Ensign..

In these two paragraphs I will be telling you about what I learned At the Oil Wells.

One thing that I learned is that it costs a lot of money to drill the hole. It costs about 300,000 dollars so the whole process can go through. The way that these workers know where to start to drill a hole is by using a seismogram that can detect were there can be oil by making vibrations and then they get waves that come back to the machine. I also learned that in the 1900’s the first oil was found

in our state Colorado. Another thing that I learned at the Oil Wells is that they drill 7’500 feet into the Earth. That’s 1 and a half mile long. Also in the control room I learned that there is alway

s 2 workers in there. The final thing that I learned in the Oil Wells was that the two workers that are in the control room they can make the Drill Bit go up or down with few controls.

One thing that I liked about the Oil Wells is the money that they pay the workers. They pay the workers 23-30 dollars an hour for 12 hours. That’s 360 dollars a day.

Those are two paragraphs that tell you about my experience at the Oil Wells.

Nijae Smith…


When we went the oil wells we learned that oil can be found in the Earth’s crust.

The men that work there are between the ages 25 and 35 years old. Men that works there get at least 30 bucks an hour and they work 12 hours a day and make 360 dollars a day. Oil was found in our state in the early

1900’s. They have a drill bit that is drilled in the ground a mile and a half which is 7,500 feet in the ground.

When they drill in the ground it costs the company that do the drilling about 350,000 for each hole they drill. The way that they now were to start digging is by using a seismogram to detect where the oil is. They need a least 20 to bring all the stuff they need to drill one hole only one. When they bring the drill bit to the sight the drill bit weigh about 800 pounds. Water can also be found in the ground and gas but not gasoline. Natural gases in the crust of the Earth.

There is a man in a control room that can raise and lower the drill bit. They have a 1,000 horse power engine that pumps the mud from the hole. When they drill the hole there is a bubble and if it pops it will blow oil everywhere so they try to keep the bubble down as much as they can. But in South Dakota they drill vertical than go horizontal. That is all of the things I learn at Ensign’s drill sights and oil wells.

Thank you for taking your time to teach us.

This was a great day for ELK youth, and yet again, another opportunity of a lifetime!


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