Thanks for the good news ping.
It's a zoo down there just west of Jal. I was there on a job about two months ago and there are drilling rigs everywhere. Sort of like those old pictures of drill rigs in Texas but with modern equipment. Infrastructure is minimal at best as the pavement on the main road south from NM 128 ends at "pipeline road." That road is unimproved, one lane and contains deep ruts. It is crowded with all manner of heavy equipment and you must pull to the right in sand when passing. Max speed is about 15 mph so it takes a half hour to travel to the location I was on, bouncing all the way. If you have ever watched "Ice Road Truckers" the road conditions are much like those traveled but of course without the snow but with heavy equipment meets every quarter mile. Because there are not yet buried lines, there are black poly pipe "fast lines" scattered across the landscape that carry crude or salt water.
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