why do people hate the oilfield?

why do people hate the oilfield?

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Since: Dec 11

United States

#1 Jun 19, 2012
I understand there are some bad apples, so to speak, but there are even more that are good people just trying to provide for their families. They go and do physical labor that the majority wouldn't think of doing. No matter what the weather conditions, they're out there missing birthdays, holidays, ball games, and family time in general to get a product that everybody uses. I just don't get it.
TEX13

Elk City, OK

#2 Jun 19, 2012
Twisted54 wrote:
I understand there are some bad apples, so to speak, but there are even more that are good people just trying to provide for their families. They go and do physical labor that the majority wouldn't think of doing. No matter what the weather conditions, they're out there missing birthdays, holidays, ball games, and family time in general to get a product that everybody uses. I just don't get it.
I agree! My husband has been in the oil field for 13 years. He sacrifices so much to provide for our family! I am very proud to say my husband is a roughneck. I agree there are some bad apples but every profession has then.
oilfield wife

Elk City, OK

#3 Jun 19, 2012
The people who talk shit about the oilfield don't know anything about it. They don't know what it's like for these men and their families. My husband works his ass off to provide for us. He's missed out on most of the kids birthdays, and most holidays are spent without him. His work is 24 hour call so making plans that involve him is impossible. I have to take care of 4 kids, and maintain the house by myself 90% of the time (not complaining, just informing. I love my family and will do anything for them) and on top of all that I'm a college student. Yes we chose this life, and I wouldn't trade my life and my family for anything in the world. I'm just trying to make a point that it's not always easy.
I've heard so many people call these men "oilfield trash". The way I see it is; I have a husband who works his ass off for his family, supports me in everything I do, and loves us. We support our family without government assistance, and pay our own way without help.
My advice to those who "hate" the oilfield or want to talk shit about these hardworking men is this: take a look at everything around you. How much of what you see wouldn't exist without the oil and gas industry? Do you have a gas oven or water heater in you home? How about the car you drive? Unless everything in your life is electric, or solar powered you have no right at all to downgrade these men who work long hard hours to provide the resources needed for you to continue to enjoy the luxuries you have grown accustomed to.
LOGIC

Hobart, OK

#4 Jun 19, 2012
Because of who works in the Oilfield 3 examples (1)don't want to go to college and get a job? Then go to the oilfield thus they end up uneducatedand unsocialable.(2)Can't get a job anywhere else go to the oilfield thus unsocialable and probably again uneducated again and (3) Prisons back east let the con's out and give them a bus ticket to Elk City and say go get a job in the Oilfield thus a lot of them are Cons and unsocialable. Not all fall into the catagories but enough do that you don't want to fool with any of them. These are 3 good reasons people hate the oilfield and who works in them.
Real

United States

#5 Jun 19, 2012
The only thing I hate about the oil field is the way some men drive their big trucks like they own the road. They actually scare me, and I believe that's their intent! The same guys are just hard working family men in person.
There was a stigma in the 80's boom. That was a different group of people, a different time. I honestly believe 90% of the residents of EC are glad to have the oilfield folks and their money today. We respect their work and community involvement. I just wish they would have more respect for old-time residents and drivers.
Oilfield hater

Hobart, OK

#6 Jun 19, 2012
Well Oilfield Wife if you would have kept your legs closed you wouldn't have so many mouths to feed in the firsts place and you should have finished college before getting married thus maybe your husband could have went to college too and made enough money he wouldn't have to work hiss ass off! OMG it's your fault ya think? Stop Crying and whining you chose it.
patch pride

United States

#7 Jun 19, 2012
OILFIELD MEN are: not afraid to get dirty, rough around the edges, cocky, head strong, intense, hard working, competitive, driven, passionate, strong, out spoken, sometimes harsh but honest men. Most came from a modest childhood and are determined to give us more than what they had.

GUARANTEED: they miss birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, good days, bad days, and unplanned emergencies year after year. They do not have the pleasure of kissing their children goodnight or sleeping with their wife every night or even telling loved ones goodbye in their dying hour.
An oilfield man willingly goes to a "Location in the middle of nowhere" for weeks at a time where he MUST go to work everyday because there are NO sick days or playing hookie, he eats when he has time or not at all, and works all day in dangerous/unsuitable weather from hurricanes to sandstorms because the job must be done.
patch pride

United States

#8 Jun 19, 2012
you people putting down the patch, i bet you drive to work each day...not ride your bike...i bet you heat your home with natural gas, don't you, why don't you try living without the oilfield.....99.9% of you would starve and die...who would get your food to wal mart....no patch, no diesel for the trucks to bring the food and gas you eat and put in your car...

so just go back to your minimum wage job and keep hating on people who make the cash...maybe next time I am eating out i'll leave ya a bigger tip

and as for ex cons in the patch there are a bunch...but most are working harder to prove they can be a productive member of society and almost all company in the patch do back ground checks now......but you know what i bet fast food and such don't....where do most kids work...fast food...where do young kids go fast food, seems like they should be doing checks to see if pedophiles work there....didn't the mgr at braums here in elk get busted for child porn...

“Proud of my heritage”

Since: Jun 12

Clinton Ok

#9 Jun 19, 2012
patch pride is dead on, let them get to work without us and the rest of the patch working day and night around the world

Since: Dec 11

United States

#10 Jun 19, 2012
LOGIC wrote:
Because of who works in the Oilfield 3 examples (1)don't want to go to college and get a job? Then go to the oilfield thus they end up uneducatedand unsocialable.(2)Can't get a job anywhere else go to the oilfield thus unsocialable and probably again uneducated again and (3) Prisons back east let the con's out and give them a bus ticket to Elk City and say go get a job in the Oilfield thus a lot of them are Cons and unsocialable. Not all fall into the catagories but enough do that you don't want to fool with any of them. These are 3 good reasons people hate the oilfield and who works in them.
I've been waiting for someone to pull the "uneducated" card. How many times in your life has lives literally depended on you doing a mathematical equation properly? People assume that a college education is associated with intelligence. That is incorrect. I work with people that do not have a high school diploma but have the same knowledge in their heads as an engineer. Lives depend on them knowing these things. As far as criminals, most companies require you to pass a background test before they hire you.

Since: Dec 11

United States

#11 Jun 19, 2012
Here's an interesting list I found. Those people that think all of the "uneducated" should have went to college instead of working in the oilfield. If every oilfield hand did that then the oil industry would fall and these products would not exist. Just a thought.

http://whgbetc.com/petro-products.pdf
oilfield wife

Elk City, OK

#12 Jun 19, 2012
Oilfield hater wrote:
Well Oilfield Wife if you would have kept your legs closed you wouldn't have so many mouths to feed in the firsts place and you should have finished college before getting married thus maybe your husband could have went to college too and made enough money he wouldn't have to work hiss ass off! OMG it's your fault ya think? Stop Crying and whining you chose it.
First off I believe I said I wasn't complaining just informing. I absolutely agree that we chose to have 4 kids and I'm not at all bitching about having to take care of my family. I just thought maybe if people had a little insight into what an oilfield family goes through they may be more compassionate. Unfortunately there will always assholes like you in the world who think they have the right to tell people what to do with their lives. Maybe you're just jealous because my husband makes good money and didn't have to spend years in college to do it. Or maybe you're just an asshole. Either way toy have no right to tell me what I should have done or should do with my life. Have a nice day
Realism at its Best

United States

#13 Jun 19, 2012
Elk City and the state of Oklahoma owe a debt of gratitude to the oilfield. Neither would be where it is today without the oilfield! The 1980s were miserable. There were bad years in the 1990s and 2000s. When the oil patch is up and runnin' Elk City and Oklahoma are up and runnin'.

Thank you oil field employees and families. I cannot imagine anyone with good sense hating on you and yours!
TEX13

Elk City, OK

#14 Jun 19, 2012
oilfield wife wrote:
The people who talk shit about the oilfield don't know anything about it. They don't know what it's like for these men and their families. My husband works his ass off to provide for us. He's missed out on most of the kids birthdays, and most holidays are spent without him. His work is 24 hour call so making plans that involve him is impossible. I have to take care of 4 kids, and maintain the house by myself 90% of the time (not complaining, just informing. I love my family and will do anything for them) and on top of all that I'm a college student. Yes we chose this life, and I wouldn't trade my life and my family for anything in the world. I'm just trying to make a point that it's not always easy.
I've heard so many people call these men "oilfield trash". The way I see it is; I have a husband who works his ass off for his family, supports me in everything I do, and loves us. We support our family without government assistance, and pay our own way without help.
My advice to those who "hate" the oilfield or want to talk shit about these hardworking men is this: take a look at everything around you. How much of what you see wouldn't exist without the oil and gas industry? Do you have a gas oven or water heater in you home? How about the car you drive? Unless everything in your life is electric, or solar powered you have no right at all to downgrade these men who work long hard hours to provide the resources needed for you to continue to enjoy the luxuries you have grown accustomed to.
WELL SAID!!
Directional Drillers wife

Canton, GA

#15 Jun 19, 2012
Working in the Oilfield is a good job, most working have been to several training schools. I've heard the term oilfield trash, pipeline trash etc. people judge when they don't know people. My husband has been in the oilfield for 30 years and I've been in banking for 25 years, raised our children, love our Lord and are good people. Yes, when you are working in the oilfield you miss birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and sometimes Graduations. This is a choice we've made, you work around things in your lives to better your family. Proud of my husband and the job he does. Just remember God is Good All The Time!!!
Just me

Weatherford, OK

#16 Jun 19, 2012
I'm proud to be an OILFIELD WIFE. Sounds like some people are just jealous cause their husbands are just low life's and can't go out and spend money like us OILFIELD WIVES!! Living a great life

Since: Dec 11

United States

#18 Jun 19, 2012
hater wrote:
<quoted text>So. You got knocked up by some drunk when you weren't married, popped out a couple of bastard kids, and your abusive husband goes and bunks with a bunch of homoqueers for weeks, while you spend his money.

Sounds like you've got it made, dearie.
You just seem like someone trolling. Give me an adequate reason as to why the oilfield is bad, with supporting facts preferably, and I will hear your side. Otherwise, stop hating just to hate. It will make you old before your time.
Just me

Sayre, OK

#19 Jun 19, 2012
I appreciate the fact that there are hard working oilfield men and women, but I don't understand why some of you think that missing birthdays and holidays with your family is ok? Don't you realize those children would rather have daddy at home than to know he's out there working to make a payment on the boat or mansion?
Judge Judy

Round Rock, TX

#20 Jun 19, 2012
Oilfield hater wrote:
Well Oilfield Wife if you would have kept your legs closed you wouldn't have so many mouths to feed in the firsts place and you should have finished college before getting married thus maybe your husband could have went to college too and made enough money he wouldn't have to work hiss ass off! OMG it's your fault ya think? Stop Crying and whining you chose it.
You make no sense at all. Oilfield wife was not crying and whining. The way it read to me she was proud of her husband and 4 children. It did not sound like she had any regrets about it other than her husband missed out on some things that others take for granted.
oilfield wife

Elk City, OK

#21 Jun 19, 2012
Just me wrote:
I appreciate the fact that there are hard working oilfield men and women, but I don't understand why some of you think that missing birthdays and holidays with your family is ok? Don't you realize those children would rather have daddy at home than to know he's out there working to make a payment on the boat or mansion?
My kids are all young and of course they want their daddy home more , but they also understand that he has to work. They've all adapted to this lifestyle and are very well adjusted kids. It's better to have a dad who has to miss some events than to have a deadbeat dad who doesn't care at all. My kids love their daddy and they know that he love them too.

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