Also called oil pump, oil horse, donkey pumper, nodding donkey, pumping unit, horsehead pump, rocking horse, beam pump, dinosaur, sucker rod pump (SRP), grasshopper pump, Big Texan, thirsty bird, or jack pump, they are used to mechanically lift oil out of wells and are plentiful in oil-rich areas across the state of Texas.
Old pump jacks, mangled pieces of pipe and he millions of orphaned oil and gas wells that lie underneath these rusting tombstones, are not just fading away into the background. When they were built, the environment was not part of the equation.
Thousands and thousands of these so called 'orphans' over the years have cost the State of Texas millions to clean up and plug, and these archaic remnants of the Texas oil industry, keep littering the otherwise beautiful rural Texas landscape.
August 4th, 2014
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