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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.


    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.


    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. 


    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.


    U.S. Drillers Cut Oil Rigs For Record 10 Straight Months -Baker Hughes

    U.S. energy firms reduced the number of oil rigs this week and for a record 10th month in a row as producers follow through on plans to cut spending on new drilling this year.

    US Drillers Cut Oil RigsDrillers cut six oil rigs in the week to Sept. 27, bringing the total count down to 713, the lowest since May 2017, General Electric Co’s Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.

    In the same week a year ago, there were 863 active rigs.

    The rig count fell 29 in September, and 80 during the third quarter, the biggest quarterly decline since the first quarter of 2016.

    The oil rig count, an early indicator of future output, has declined over a record 10 months as independent exploration and production companies cut spending on new drilling as they focus more on earnings growth instead of increased output.

    That reduction in activity showed up in an energy survey released on Wednesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

    Although oil production rose, service firms reported declines in activity, a sign that operators have figured out how to pull more oil from the ground with fewer rigs. Overall, the outlook from 55 oilfield services executives surveyed was negative.


    Drones Creating Buzz In Permian Basin Oilfield

    Drones with advanced cameras are streamlining services at oil sites

    Drones in Permian Basin OilfieldImagine the detail of an entire oil site at the tip of your finger-now 3D models can bring pump jacks and rigs to your handheld device.

    That service is now available in the Permian Basin through a partnership from Thermal Cam USA and Ondaka.

    "We can map out a location like this or an oil field location or a drilling rig, we'll fly it for them and we'll take anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 pictures of that location, and they'll stitch it or map it together into a reality program," said Peter Walper, owner of Thermal Cam USA.

    Walper and his staff operate a fleet of drones equipped with advanced cameras, and with video game like controllers in their hands. His staff and a fleet of drones with advanced cameras are streamlining a number of services at oil rig sites.


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