Pauline Adams Text

Pauline Adams
"Alright, my name is Pauline Adams. I'm with the B-L-M out of Dolores, Colorado and today we're on a well location. It's a C-O-2 well with Kinder Morgan Resources. They're drilling a lateral to access some C-O-2. Right now we can see the derrigg behind us and all the equipment involved in drilling. The C-O-2 is actually piped down to West Texas where they use it in the old oil fields to stimulate more production." (36 seconds)

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PAULINE ADAMS WORKS AS A NATURAL RESOURCES SPECIALIST AT THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT'S DOLORES PUBLIC LANDS OFFICE, WHICH IS LOCATED IN COLORADO'S SOUTHWEST DISTRICT.

Pauline Adams
"My job on this location is to make sure they are staying within the archaeologically cleared area so that we're not impacting archaeology. So you can see it's actually a very small location that they are actually allowed to work in. The other thing I look for is to make sure there are no spills or leaks of fluids to protect the soil or the vegetation and mainly just to make sure that people are being safe and just talk with the operators out here and, you know, find out if they have any problems and help them figure out who are the right people to help them get on location and keep the operation running smooth." (44 seconds)

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PAULINE HELPS PLAN OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION IN A DISTRICT WITH INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL FOR ENERGY DEVELOPMENT.

THE AREA ALSO HAS SOME OF THE DENSEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDINGS IN THE UNITED STATES. PUEBLAON INDIANS SETTLED HERE FROM A THOUSAND YEARS AGO.

Pauline Adams
[I love] being out in the Dolores district because we have these incredible resources with energy, oil and gas but it's all balanced with protecting the cultural resources. Lowery Pueblo where we are right now is just an incredible example of needing to preserve this for future generations but also, just a couple miles away, having gas wells that are in production, providing that energy resources." (28 seconds)

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THE CANYON OF THE ANCIENTS AND VARIOUS RUINS ARE LOCATED CLOSE TO OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS.

THEREFORE PART OF PAULINE'S JOB IS NOT ONLY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF EACH OPERATION BUT ALSO TO PLAN EACH OPERATION WITH A MINIMAL FOOTPRINT. 
SHE COLLABORATES WITH DIFFERENT KINDS OF BLM EMPLOYEES IN ORDER TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

Pauline Adams
"One of the great things about working for B-L-M is that you get to work with all different kinds of people. I work with, you know, dirt workers on the ground. I work with planners in the office. And we're all trying to create the least impact on the ground, what's best for the resource while trying to extract oil and gas resources.  I get to work with wildlife biologists, archaeologists, engineers, recreation folks, botanists--we have a botanist--firefighters. There are a lot of different resources out there, just getting to work with a lot of different people with different backgrounds. I just feel like I learn something new every day whether it's vegetation or archaeology or, you know, something new about an oil and gas operation. So, constantly challenged on my job." (1 min 4 seconds)

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BLM HAS A DIVERSE WORKPLACE OF PEOPLE WITH A COMMON APPRECIATION FOR THE OUTDOORS AND THE RESOURCES IT CONTAINS. THE DOLORES FIELD OFFICE IS NO EXCEPTION.

Pauline Adams
You know, everybody we work with appreciates the outdoors and all the things that go with that, you know, quality of life, clean air, clean water, kind of a slower pace of life. I think that's really important." (45 seconds)

"In this office, we have a lot of young families. It's nice that we can work together and be peers but also be friends. That's important to me. Who you work with and knowing that, fundamentally, everybody wants to protect these resources for different reasons but that they are valuable." (24 seconds)

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BECAUSE OF THE SOUTHWEST DISTRICT’S DISTINCT GEOGRAPHY, BLM LANDS HAVE CAPABILITY FOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF ENERGY OUTSIDE OF TRADITIONAL OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT.  

PAULINE PLANS AND SUPERVISES EACH WELL FROM DRILLING, TO PRODUCTION AND, LATER, RECLAMATION.

Pauline Adams
"Oil and gas, what I like about it is that, you see these projects in different phases of development….Really me as an individual I can actually change something that' one the ground to protect a resource, you know, right when it's happening. I think that's really a unique opportunity to just be able to make a difference. You know, maybe on a small scale, but it's an improvement that's specific to that landscape or that resource. You know I think in other jobs you won't have that impact directly on the land so it's been, it's been really nice to see my ideas or asking questions can, is taken positively and can actually improve something on the ground." (49 seconds)

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BLM LANDS OFTEN HAVE DESERTS, CANYONS, AND SPRAWLING, ARID TOPOGRAPHY. BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE TONS OF RAIN AND SNOW, THESE LANDS REQUIRE EXTREMELY CAREFUL RECLAMATION PLANNING. 

Pauline Adams
It's been nice to just be doing different things. It's been nice to just be doing different things than I did in the Forest Service than I'm doing now in the B-L-M, just different landscapes. I like that, you know, it is a more arid landscape and in that and inherent with that maybe a more fragile scenery. So it's important to learn about how to protect the soil and the water, the vegetation along with the archaeology and wildlife and all these other pieces of land management."

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING AS A NATURAL RESOURCES SPECIALIST, VISIT OUR JOBS PAGE, WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE INFORMATION CENTER AT WWW.BLM.GOV/CO FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 


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