© Christine Till
If you have ever driven through Texas, then you have probably seen a pumpjack or two - or ten - depending on what part of the state you are in.
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.