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    Thousands Of Acres Sealed Off Following Blowout At Eagle Ford Shale Well

    Thousands of acres of land remain sealed off days after a blowout at a natural gas well located belonging to Devon Energy between the Eagle Ford Shale towns of Yorktown and Nordheim.

    Photo Houston ChronicleThe accident happened at a Devon Energy natural gas well near Cotton Patch Road and FM 952 in DeWitt County early Friday morning. No injuries were reported but authorities evacuated rural families living within a two-mile radius of the blowout, which sent natural gas and other pollutants spewing into the sky and surrounding countryside.

    A cause of the accident it not clear but in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, Devon Energy reported that the company is working closely with local and state authorities and well-control specialists to cap the well and to minimize damages. The company is providing lodging, meals and other needs to the affected families.

    "Safety and environmental protection are our highest priorities during this process," Devon Energy spokesman John Porretto said in a statement. "A number of steps have been taken to contain any fluid runoff at the well site to protect the surrounding environment. We’ll begin assessing any necessary environmental clean-up as soon as it’s safe to do so."

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    Texas Oilfield Worker Killed by Poisonous Gas; Wife Dies Checking on Him

    A 44-year-old Texas oil company worker died after being overcome by poisonous gas at a pump house, and his 37-year-old wife also was killed by the fumes when she went to check on him.

    Texas Oilfield Worker Overcome By H2SThe Ector County Sheriff’s Office says Jacob and Natalee Dean died Saturday night after inhaling hydrogen sulfide gas at an Aghorn Energy pump house in Odessa. Deputies say the company dispatched the husband to check on the facility. When he didn’t return as expected, his wife tried to reach him by phone but got no answer.

    She drove with their two children, ages 6 and 9, to the pump house and was overcome by the colorless, highly corrosive gas when she entered the building. The children were left in the car and weren’t harmed.

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    Halliburton Lays off 650 Employees In Four Western States

    Houston oilfield service giant Halliburton has laid off 650 employees in four western states from New Mexico to North Dakota.

    Houston oilfield service giant Halliburton has laid off 650 employees in four western states from New Mexico to North Dakota.In a notice filed on Monday with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Halliburton reported that the company laid 178 workers from its Grand Junction, Colo. office.

    Company officials attributed the layoffs to "local market conditions." The layoffs come amid a slump in crude oil prices that have resulted in less drilling and hydraulic fracturing activity.

    "Making this decision was not easy, nor taken lightly, but unfortunately it was necessary as we work to align our operations to reduced customer activity," the company said in a statement.

    Halliburton officials confirmed that the Grand Junction layoffs were among 650 people laid off in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming.

    The majority of those employees were given the option to relocate to other offices where more activity is anticipated, the company reported.

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    Halliburton To Pay $275,000 To Settle National Origin And Religious Discrimination Suit

    Halliburton Supervisors and Co-Workers Harassed Two Muslim Employees, Federal Agency Charged

    Halliburton sued by EEOCHalliburton Energy Services, Inc. has agreed to pay $275,000 and furnish significant relief to settle a national origin and religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

    The EEOC charged that Houston-based Halliburton, one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry with over 55,000 employees, subjected two oilfield workers to national origin and religious discrimination. The EEOC's suit also alleged that Halliburton unlawfully retaliated against one of the employees by firing him for reporting the mistreatment.

    According to the EEOC's suit, Hassan Snoubar, of Syrian national origin, began working for Halliburton as an operator assistant oil field worker in approximately August 2012. During his employment, Snoubar, a U.S. citizen, was subjected to taunts and name calling regarding both his national origin and his Muslim religion. According to the suit, he was frequently called derogatory names and was accused of being associated with ISIS and terrorism by supervisors and co-workers. Mir Ali, a Muslim co-worker of Indian national origin, was similarly subjected to the hostile environment. The EEOC said that the two men were made to openly suffer insults including radio broadcasts of the offensive characterizations.

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    Drilling Rig Worker Alleges Oil Company's Negligence Led To Amputation Of 4 Fingers, Leg

    A worker is suing an oil company, alleging four of his fingers and his leg were amputated due to the defendants' negligence.

    Drilling Rig Worker Alleges Oil Company s Negligence Led To Amputation Of 4 Fingers  LegMiguel Saucedo filed a complaint on Aug. 22 in Harris County District Court against National Oilwell Varco LP and  Cimarx Energy Co., alleging negligence.

    According to the complaint, on Nov. 14, 2017, Saucedo was working on a drilling rig that was manufactured, designed, tested, distributed and sold by the defendants when the rig failed while under the direct control of National Oilwell Varco and Climax Energy. The plaintiff said he suffered the traumatic amputation of his right leg and four fingers.

    The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to properly train and supervise its employees and failed to provide safe equipment.

    Saucedo seeks monetary relief of more than $1 million, trial by jury, attorney fees, court costs and all just relief. 

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    Halliburton Introduces Automated Drilling Telemetry Service

     Halliburton released its QuickPulse Automated Directional Gamma Service, a new measurement while drilling (MWD) technology, that provides quick and reliable downhole information at extended depths to deliver wells faster. This capability helps operators drill longer laterals, make improved geosteering decisions and reduce well time to maximize their asset value.

    Halliburton introduces automated drilling telemetry serviceThe QuickPulse system combines directional, vibration and gamma ray sensors with a strong transmission signal that overcomes most downhole interference. The system automatically prioritizes critical vibration, tool face and downhole inclination measurements enabling rapid drilling decisions. It transmits data in intervals as fast as three seconds and full survey measurements in as little as 24 seconds.

    “As operators drill longer laterals, obtaining quality data at greater depths can be difficult because of noise and interference,” said Lamar Duhon, vice president of Sperry Drilling. “We designed the QuickPulse system with advanced sensors that detect and automatically transmit data so operators can drill faster and more accurately.”

    The system also has a small footprint for up to 70% faster rig-up time and the fully automated signal detection helps increase rig efficiency.

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