There had certainly been a lot of controversy over the matter but nothing can be done anymore without the conservationists getting in the way to a certain degree. Sometimes I wonder how they think they’re going to get to work in the future without oil. I just thought it was a little funny that when I showed up onto the job site for a pipeline groundbreaking, the leader of the conservationist movement arrived in the same heavy-duty truck as I did. As far as I know, that truck gets about 16 miles to gallon in the city and a little over 20 on the highway so I guess there’s nothing like practicing what you preach. I firmly believed that if alternative fuels were a viable option at this point then they would already be taking over but the fact of the matter is that oil is still the most available, effective and efficient energy technology that currently exists.
I believe that I’ve been around long enough to know that either way, as long as there were profits to be made and an existing infrastructure with which to make them, they were going to continue doing what they were doing and there wasn’t much anyone could do to stop it. I’m for a healthy planet as much as the next guy so that’s why I support heavy sanctions and regulations on oil companies so that they were encouraged to operate as safely and ethically as they possibly can. I worked for an industrial construction company and large pipe fitting projects is what we specialized in. So, when the news about the pipeline started years ago, my company dug in deep and started crunching numbers so that when it was finally approved, we were prepared with a qualifying bid that would hopefully get us the job.
We knew that there were a lot of companies that were desperate for work so we went bare bones on this bid so we could secure it. We weren’t going to lose money by any means but we certainly weren’t going to make the margins that we’d grown accustomed to, that was ok though, because winning this contract was going to lead to more business in the future. It was going to test us as well and before the end of it, I was going to learn a lot and be a lot more valuable to my company and the industry in general.
We’ve done oil pipeline work before but nothing of this magnitude, we usually did work on oil refineries and were the pipe fabricators on the job that bent, cut, fastened and welded miles and miles of pipe for the oil refinery infrastructure. You think you’ve had pipe dreams before? Well, I’ve had pipe nightmares about pipe fabrication that include pipes of different circumferences and thickness coming at me like the tentacles of an octopus. My mom always said I had an over-active imagination so I guess that maybe the conservationists and I had more in common than I had originally thought.