Boy, a lot has happened since last I peeked my head into the Redneck Bar and Grill. If anyone was waiting for updates they would have been disappointed. I was forced into several job changes, what with all the ups and downs in the oil and gas industry. There’s been a lot of feast and famine, which is familiar to anyone working in oilfield work in Western Canada. So where did my travels lead me? All the way from Red Deer, to Rocky Mountain House, to Fort McMurray. And now, I’m working with old friends that I first met while hot tapping in Central Alberta.
If you don’t know much about it, hot tapping is a procedure which allows a new branch or connection to welded into an existing line that is in production. That’s right, the work is done while the pipeline or installation is working and full of product. The work can be done extremely safely, if the proper planning and precautions are in place. And that’s why working with the right group of guys is so important to me.
I don’t want to trust my safety to just anyone. I want to work with people that are informed, responsible and experienced. It happens that I know the workers that make up Fossil EPC Hot Tap Division from a previous time in my life, and I trust them all.Working with them again has been a great experience and a wonderful opportunity.
The main company, Fossil EPC, has also been a stand up employer. They are currently working hard to secure long term work in Northern Alberta.
What does the future bring, especially for the Redneck Bar and Grill? I have a lot of work to do around here. Major renovations seem to be in order! Stay tuned. No promises on a timeline, but I really need to get back in the saddle and sweep all the empties off the floor, at least!