Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 12-17-12 | TheFencePost.com

Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 12-17-12

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

I wonder if some of the folks out there, maybe even you, have considered where we might be without big oil?

I've began to give it some considerable thought as we slip into another year with lots of problems to solve. Or should I say, "that need solving!"

Gentle readers consider this: with Christmas right on top of us, where would we be without oil production? It most likely would depend on a steam engine pulling freight cars to deliver the "goodies." Ya see, there would be no trucks to deliver the freight and you would need to get a'horseback or hook up your wagon or buggie to go to the mercantile store and buy those Christmas presents. Most likely your house would be heated with wood (no bad deal there) but there would be no oil unless it was of some animal to light your lanterns. You couldn't ride a bicycle unless you rode on the rims as there would be no tires. I think you may have begun to see where I am going with this.

Is "big oil" a bad deal for us in this country? It's not a bad deal in Russia, China, Yeman, Saudia Arabia and all those middle eastern countries. I think the P.C. crowd is trying to make us "rethink" our options about trying to become not so dependent on foreign oil. I am going to guess that the present administration is not going to allow much if any drilling offshore or on federal lands at all.

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In fact, I heard the other day that the "prairie chicken" is about to be labeled an endangered species! Wow! I didn't know the prairie chicken was endangered or was that important to our livlihood or our environment.

OK, let's examine that for a moment children. See, private land owners (like myself) can let oil companies (big oil as some would have it) drill on my little place here without the consent of the Feds. Well, I could unless I happen to have endangered prairie chickens in or around the O-NO Ranch. Then of course, we wouldn't be able to upset the balance of nature and to heck with being able to be self sufficient in this good ole U.S. of A. No, no, no, we have to protect every feather, every scale of a fish and every hair on a rodent's back because we are wise, gentle and understanding of nature and of course, we are politically correct! All across the plains of the Dakotas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, eastern Colorado and all the plains states that happen to have petroleum, or gas and "endangered species" anywhere close, there could be no drilling at all. How does that help our economy? Of course it doesn't.

Fracking is now the "F" word in our present vocabulary. They have been fracking wells since the 1950s. I know, I was there, I lived it, I participated in the process as a young lad on his first job out of high school. I know of no underground water being ruined or earthquakes from fracking a well … period! I heard of one in Wyoming and a couple of instances where gas got into a water system here in Colorado in the last few years. I think those issues were resolved, if not I'm sure a reader will inform me of my statement. Bottom line, common sense is just not that common any more. God bless you and me and the good ole U.S. of A.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I'll c y'all, all y'all. ❖