I'd rather see a sermon
than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me
than merely tell the way.
The eye's a better pupil
and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example's always clear;
And the best of all the preachers
are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it
if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action,
but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver
may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lesson
by observing what you do;
For I might midunderstand you
and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live.
When I see a deed of kindness,
I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles
and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him,
then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful
as I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness
that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them,
but the one who shows the way.
One good man teaches many,
men believe what they behold;
One deed of kind noticed
is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor
learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language
which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me
with his eloquence, I say,
I'd rather see a sermon
than to hear one, any day.
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At least 38 oil-field fatalities occurred nationaly in 5 months...
At least eight workers have died since October in North Dakota's oil fields, more than in the preceding 12 months combined. The uptick in fatalities comes as many oil companies are responding to plummeting crude-oil prices by dialing back their drilling activity in the state, one of the hubs of the U.S. energy boom.
Some federal safety officials say they suspect oil's plunge might be a factor in the accidents because it puts cost-cutting pressure on oil-field services companies, whose employees do much of the work at drilling sites. The rash of accidents in North Dakota, which has the highest workplace death rate in the country, began around the time the number of drilling rigs in the state began to decline but, the officials said, it's too early to draw conclusions.
In one two-week period in January, two workers and the owner of a small oil-field services company died in three separate accidents that included a fire and the probable inhalation of deadly chemicals.
In addition, safety officials said there have been an unusual number of basic safety errors, including cases in which workers brought space heaters, generators or other gear that could spark fires into enclosed spaces containing flammable vapors.
"These are the kinds of incidents that we haven't seen in a while," said Eric Brooks, who directs the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Bismarck office. "With the drop in oil prices, companies may be looking to protect the profit margin by hiring contractors that are not experienced," he said.
"It's simple math," said Dennis Schmitz, a safety consultant to oil companies operating in the state.
"There's absolutely potential that some of what we're seeing is driven by the price of oil."
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Chad Hathaway, an independent oil producer, draws a sample from his produced water injection well north of Bakersfield.
Chad Hathaway doesn't buy the argument that underground injections of oil field wastewater contaminate nearby water wells. If they did, he might have to move his wife, three children and 160 acres of grapevines.
Putting his money where his mouth is, as it were, Hathaway produces about 100 barrels of oil per day from a reservoir about 2,100 feet below the home he and his family live in just off Porterville Highway in the Poso Creek Oil Field.
The oil, like all local crude, comes up with large quantities of salty wastewater. He disposes of an average of about 150,000 gallons per day of this "produced water" by injecting it roughly 2,800 feet underground into what is known as the Santa Margarita Zone. The formation lies about 1,000 feet below where he gets water to irrigate his crops, and 1,700 feet below the aquifer from which he draws his family's drinking water.
He doesn't worry about injecting waste so close to his water supply because of the Macoma Shale, a "cap rock" that keeps fluids below it from migrating to aquifers above.
"I feel so confident in the process that I was willing to put (an injection well) so close to the house," said Hathaway, one of Kern County's most prominent independent oilmen.
Hathaway's injection operations give him a unique vantage on the ongoing antagonism between environmental activists and local farmers, on the one hand, and on the other, oil producers and the bureaucrats who regulate them.
The years-old conflict has recently centered on 2,500 production and wastewater injection wells, most of them in Kern County, that environmentalists say should immediately be closed because of the threat they pose to nearby water wells. In the past year, the state has idled 23 local wells found to be injecting into aquifers never properly exempted from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
Last week the clash escalated as a group of anonymous local farmers filed a federal anti-racketeering lawsuit alleging state and county oil regulators conspired to approve injection wells in an illegal attempt to promote oil production and increase government revenues. The suit claims wastewater injection activity ruined a large number of cherry trees in the Rosedale area.
That suit bothers Hathaway because of the strict groundwater-protection rules he and other oil producers must follow under state oversight.
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