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I heard this story on NPR today and was curious to see what this unregulated, citizen oil well drillers boom looked like.  Good grief, you have to see this picture to believe it.

This is what Deregulated Oil Industry Looks Like - Burma

I'll be looking for the Oil Gleaning Kit in my next Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue.

"You have to go to where the oil is" said one man who also shared he has moved his kit more than 45 times.

2013 New Oil Well, Burma:Myanmar

From the Guardian in March, 2013.  News seems to waft our way slowly

Burma's oil rush: 'Nothing else in this country gives you money like this'  

Thousands seize chance to profit from abandoned wells in spirit of enterprise denied under former military regime

At the end of the last dirt road in Thayet, Maung Ko Oo, 25, is standing thigh-deep in a pit of crude oil, his longyi tied up high around his waist, a sweaty vein of black tar streaked across his forehead. His boss – a round-faced man sporting a baseball cap and ruby ring – is standing over him, shouting out orders to the half-dressed men relaying oil-filled buckets to the huge barrels lining their station.

As the early afternoon sun arcs high over these dusty hills in central Burma, the men climb atop the barrels and pour in the oil bucket by bucket, then roll the filled barrels up a ridge and into the back of a truck. All around them, thousands of workers are doing the same – digging for oil, drilling for oil, collecting the oil, and selling it off to local refineries – in unregulated, artisanal pits which they claim can fetch up to 300 barrels of crude oil a day, worth $3,000 (£2,000) at local market prices.

I imagine Oil and Gas Magnates here in the job-killing, regulated, freedom sucking United States must salivate at the FREE MARKET Oil Industry in recently freed from Miliary Rule Burma.

Now that the word is out, I imagine ALEC is writing bills for GOP Governors to pass to allow gun toting, freedom loving 'Mericans to glean U S Oil fields, too, because nothing raises the standard of living like GLEANING

The Gleaners, Oil painting, after Millet

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Comment Preferences

  •  Wait until Uncle Sam arrives to spread freedom (3+ / 0-)
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    War on Error, corvo, zerelda

    and Democracy.

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 01:41:30 PM PST

    •  Yes! And will TPP cause economic hardship (2+ / 0-)
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      corvo, 420 forever

      if Burma enters the Partnership?

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 01:42:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I thought Uncle Sam's job was spreading girls legs (2+ / 0-)
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      for a OB/GYN exam.  It says it on the tube, it must be true.  /snark.  I hope these guys don't start watching ads for how great fracking is, they'll probably get straws and start blowing bubbles into the oil so they get more.  I'm sorry, my snark button is on today.  This is sad.  I can't imagine a more horrible environment.  I suspect those guys barking out the orders wearing ruby rings are probably sipping Mia Tias too.  I suspect that is not snark

      "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984" -7.63 -5.95

      by dangoch on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 01:51:03 PM PST

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  •  If we could only (1+ / 0-)
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    Get the emission standard changed on factories, we could have air like China too. Oh, wait, those are our jobs in those factories in China. Damn, foiled again.

    You best believe it does

    by HangsLeft on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 01:47:21 PM PST

  •  so THAT'S why we've been making nicey-nice (6+ / 0-)

    with Burma lately!

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 01:47:57 PM PST

    •  yah... just thinking the same thing (3+ / 0-)
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      for years we could care less about the people there.  Now with an unfettered crude oil market, we're all buddy buddy.  

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 02:03:17 PM PST

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      •  You got there! (3+ / 0-)
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        RIL, OVL, Cairn in race for Myanmar blocks

        India's Reliance Industries, ONGC Videsh and Cairn India are vying with global energy giants Shell, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil for 30 offshore oil and gas blocks that Myanmar has put on offer.
        In all, 61 companies have been pre-qualified to bid for 11 shallow water and 19 deepwater blocks in an international tender, according to Myanmar's Energy Ministry.
        Myanmar is simultaneously offering 18 blocks in its second onshore licensing round, for which OVL, Cairn, OIL, Jubilant and HPCL-owned Prize Petroleum have been pre-qualified from India.

        In all, 59 companies have been shortlisted for the onshore blocks, including PTT Exploration and Production, Petronas, PetroVietnam, Sinopec, Total, Eni, Woodside and Exxon. Myanmar plans to award the onland blocks by December.

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 02:08:40 PM PST

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    •  A libertarian paradise (2+ / 0-)
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      just the kind of ally we need.

      The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

      by MadScientist on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 04:20:06 PM PST

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  •  We have oil-gleaning in the US ... (3+ / 0-)
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    But it's VEGETABLE oil. It's found behind restaurants.  And "who owns it" isn't always provable in a court of law.

    Now, truth is, the bigger "rendering" operations are trying to create an alleyway to fuel depot monopoly in their several states ... but for now hard times keep the smaller renderers turning a blind eye and  beat-up pickup trucks  cruising the streets with their siphons and 55 gallon drums.

    And there is still, of course, "recycling" copper pipe from "abandoned" homes, businesses and construction sites.

  •  The oil barrels go straight to China. (2+ / 0-)
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    Only a few hours drive away, China takes all the oil found in this region. They also recently built a pipeline directly from Burma to China and the locals are testy about it.  The NPR report was very interesting, each one of those tents has a pump running and you can hear them in the interview.
    While the resources are all going north to China, the report mentioned that many of the Chinese are moving in to stay in Burma and the locals don't like that either.

  •  Good exercise. (0+ / 0-)

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 04:56:54 PM PST

  •  Is this about oil seeps? Places where oil (Tar, or (1+ / 0-)
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    what have you) naturally seeps out of the ground? I used to fly the Northern Coast of Colombia, for other resons, and see the slicks running out into the ocean.  There is now some conventional production off of some of these formations, but it took some time to track the seam down to the source, and for price to get high enough to try to break open a new field that had only marginal potential.

    Truth is no one knows how much hydrocarbon "resource" is still hanging around. What is a given, though, is that to use it all is to decree the end of our species.

    (The starving I don't blame because they're starving. The Koch brothers, etc.? They're commiting genocide.)

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 06:14:36 PM PST

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