I am a hydraulic fracturing ("frac") technician for a major oil company and one of only two women in my company that actually works in the field. AMA
Some proof: Frac related pictures I've taken - to my knowledge, these pictures do not exist elsewhere on the web, aside from my personal accounts If requested, I will provide more proof, so long as it does not require me to reveal the name of my company.
I come from a West Texan oil and gas family. I grew up in the company of geologists, landmen, roughnecks, mudloggers, and environmental specialists. I started working as a geological technician when I was twenty, and now have several years of experience. I later worked in oil and gas regulations and compliance (though only briefly), and I currently work as a fracturing fluid technician. I have been involved in the fluid design for hundreds of wells. I also spend some part of every day in the field.
I love working in the field more than any other part of my job - I'm somewhat of an anomaly in this regard because I'm a woman. I have become very familiar with sexism in this industry.
In addition to my hands-on experience, I also wrote two capstone papers for my university covering environmental regulations in oil production and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing.
Edit: I really don't hate the environment. I promise. I'm highly in favor of alternative energy sources, and I do my best to make positive contributions to the Earth. Believe it or not, working for an oil company has yet to conflict with my views.
Edit: A very important thing to consider and remember when engaging in discourse over the oil & gas industry... It's here because you use it. It's here because people need it. Oil is used in the manufacture of plastics, medical supplies, cosmetics, cars, bikes, shoes, construction materials, computers, phones, and more. It's not just about gasoline. As long as we remain dependent on oil, we're going to need to get it somehow. Frac'ing is the best way to get it right now. If you think frac'ing is evil, that's fine, but every person that reads this is a consumer of oil. That's a fact.