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Meet the Drillers

The whole crew

Cody Wilson

Driller

Last season, Cody gave up drilling to take on the cushy position of rig manager. But don’t get fooled, this father of five is not afraid of hard work, and he’ll do whatever it takes to put food on the table. When opportunity knocked, and he was offered a job in Louisiana, he didn’t hesitate. Not bad for a guy who’s never set foot outside of Canada.

Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Experience: 14 years

I want to meet the crazy southern boys. I’ve seen Dukes of Hazzard! It’ll be fun to try and keep up with them.

Kelly Pelsma

Driller

Equal parts rebel and whip-cracking boss, Kelly personifies the new breed of the Canadian Oil Patch. Works hard, plays hard, and leads by example. He’s worked on American rigs before – an 8-month stint in Colorado – so he hasn’t signed up to go down south for something new to do. He’s actually here to check out the old rigs... And he wont be disappointed.

Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Experience: 9 years

All right Louisiana! I’m from Alberta, I get down and dirty, let’s see how they get down and dirty.

Mike Bencz

Derrickhand

Mike is a second-generation oil field worker. His father used to be a derrick hand back in the seventies. That’s what Mike now does too but he wants more. His next move is to become a driller. And now that he’s married to lovely Yvette and the proud father of young Theodore, he's got plenty more reasons to make it happen.

Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Experience: 9 years

It’s spring break-up in Alberta. Instead of sitting at home, I decided to come down here and make some money.

Ryan "Hutch" Hutchinson

Motorhand

Hutch sort of stumbled into the oil patch. After high school, he trained to become a welder. That lasted for about six months until he decided it just wasn’t for him. So he got a job on a rig and he’s been paying his dues ever since. Hutch might get dirtier than most, but everybody agrees, he gets the job done. As Hutch puts it, he goes to work to work, not to complain.

Hometown: Kelowna. BC
Experience: 5 years

I like seeing new things. I want to buy a house later in the year and I can’t do it by sitting on my butt.

Lynn James

VP Renegade Drilling

Lynn built his drilling rig by hand in the back yard using old spare parts. He designed it to be the fastest around. He can move it, rig it up and be pushing the drill bit into the ground in a few short hours! He has a reputation as the John Wayne of the Oil Patch, complete with an iron stare, but this big-hearted southerner is fiercely loyal to his family and his rig crew.

Hometown: Winnfield, LA
Experience: 35 years

Renegade's about getting the job done fast. We are not pretty to look at, but we get the job done.

The Mockosher Twins

Tool Push - Driller / Roughneck

John & James were born two minutes apart and never go a day without seeing one another. They live side by side & even work on Lynn's rig together. They grew up next door to Lynn, watching Dukes of Hazzard, and the three have known each other for over 40 years. John got burned in an oil rig fire when he was 22 and it was Lynn that wrestled him to the ground to put out the fire.

Hometown: Winnfield, LA
Experience: 35 years

Lynn, that’s my boy. You mess with him, you mess with me. And I will get your attention. (John)

Coy McPherson

Roughneck

Coy will readily tell you he is the best rig hand in Louisiana! And though he’s trusted by the owner of the Renegade rig, the Tool Pushers are not convinced. His bad boy attitude often lands him in deep water. He’s a hit with the local ladies, but not so much with those he works with.

Hometown: Jena, LA
Experience: 5 years

I’m the best spinning chain around!

Justin “J-ROCK” Brixey

Drilling Superintendent, Justiss Oil

J-Rock, at only 32, is the Drilling Superintendent for Justiss Oil, a position usually held by men twice his age. When J-Rock shows up on the rig you can bet it’s because something has gone wrong. But rest assured, if anyone can fix a problem, it’ll be J-Rock.

Hometown: Jena, LA
Experience: 14 years

We’re drillin’ for oil!

Zach “Peanut” James

Driller

Peanut seems way too young to be the driller on the Renegade rig. But at 23, he already has 5 years experience under his belt. As the rig owner’s son he has a lot of pressure to learn as much as he can about drilling before he takes over. And working for his dad, that pressure sometimes gets personal.

Hometown: Winnfield, LA
Experience: 5 years

My father, we get into it sometimes but, you know, that’s just father and son.

DALTON “BOUDREAUX” DAVIS

Tool Push

Boudreaux is a lifer in the Louisiana Oil Patch. After a couple decades on the job, it’s no surprise he is the night shift Tool Push on the Renegade rig. With a “Cool Hand Luke” attitude he runs his crew, and the rig, with a steady, but firm, hand.

Hometown: Winnfield, LA
Experience: 20 years

After you’ve been in the oilfield for so long you can tell a hand from a wannabe-hand.