At the date of this writing in early December 2006, the pace of preparations at the Bartholomew shop and yard is hectic. The new rig is being prepared. Tool boxes are being built and steel covers on all tanks and tool boxes and compartments. The propane engine on this rig makes it very useful as propane is easily obtained in Guatemala and a cover has been fashioned to prevent theft of propane. The brakes were checked and repaired by our mechanic Frank Clark, and all changeable fuels and lubricants were changed.
At the same time a container is being filled with drilling steel tools, pump wire, pumps and electric equipment and boxes and boxes of items destined for the orphanage campus.
A special friend of the project, Mr. Willis Robinson of Spangle Washington, has offered to transport the high-cube container from Spokane to Galveston for the cost of fuel. This kind assistance allows us to stretch our dollars and makes the project possible. Another friend, Tom Richardson of H2o Drilling in Hayden Idaho, delivered his contribution. A brand new, in the box, Lincoln Welder! This generous gift completes the tools on the rig and will give many years of good service.
Two weeks ago, I was in Guatemala and visited with the Mayor of Poptun. He reported that our well in Ixobel had been tested by the authorities in Guatemala City and found to be capable of producing 300 gals/min. He was very happy. He intends to hook it to the plumbing infrastructure that is being installed in the Sante Fe and Ixobel area. I spoke with him about whether he could help us get the rig and the container into the country without paying duty. He promised his help and said that he would take the documents to his contact with the secretary of the President. He said that it would be possible to get them in to the country without paying duty. I also told the mayor that we plan to begin two wells in January.
We look forward to a good drilling season with several volunteers who learned about this project through this publication.