Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm late reporting the weekly natural gas storage numbers because I spent the day in Bisbee, AZ.  The main purpose of the trip was to tour the Copper Queen Mine, a copper mine dating back to 1887.  The mine closed in 1975 after it was played out, but it struck me that the technology and working conditions underground didn't change much over the 90 or so years that the mine operated. Sure, there were better drills and a little more automation, but the life underground and the process to mine copper didn't really change over the life of the mine.

It got me thinking about the people who are out there working in the "extraction field" today.  Those of us who work "above ground" and are fans of the industry tout the job creation aspect of oil and gas, but we sometimes forget that it is a dangerous occupation.  Just last week we were reminded of the inherent dangers after the explosion offshore at the Black Elk production platform.

I don't have an earth-shattering observation to make other than the fact that we should all be thankful for those who risk their lives just to do their jobs, from oil/gas/mining workers to those serving in the military to those in law enforcement.  They work hard and risk their lives, and we should not forget all that they do.

Thanksgiving should be a very personal holiday. It can be a total drag (did I mention that I am in southern Arizona?), but it should also be a time of personal reflection. Personally, I am thankful that I was born lucky. I was born to a great family in the best country in the world, a place where anyone can accomplish nearly anything. We bicker mightily about the right way to do things, but the framework that the founders of our nation created for our republic make it the most unique place on earth. We must not forget these gifts when we grouse about the details.

Happy Thanksgiving one and all!

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