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    Carlsbad Oilfield Workers Warned About Hazards On The Job

    A mother bobcat anxiously passed around the catwalk at a tank battery site in southeast New Mexico .

    A worker confronted the animal, tossing small equipment at it in hopes the predator would leave the area on its own.

    Undeterred, the animal crawled up the catwalk and laid to rest on a landing, 12 feet above the ground.

    Hours later, it wandered off.

    Rattlesnakes present a danger around oilfield equipmentNo one was hurt in the encounter about two years ago, but John Able, safety specialist with oilfield service company Danos Inc. said the incident taught his workers to be vigilant of not only the dangers caused by extraction developments, but the environments that surround them.

    “Our guys are in their environment,” Able said of the wildlife. “You’ve got to keep your head on a swivel. We’re used to the hazards caused by the oilfield, but not so much the environmental hazards.”

    Especially during the spring, Able worried oil workers could expect an influx of animals interacting with the industry.

    “They’ve got babies everywhere,” he said. “We told our guys to be more aware. This time of year, we really need to be cautious.”

    Veterinarian and founder of the Desert Willow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Samantha Uhrig said the remote areas of the county known for heavy extraction development, are also host to myriad animals and wildlife that could pose an often-ignored threat to workers.


    Iranian Helicopter Crashes Into Persian Gulf

    A helicopter of the Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) which had been sent to Platform R1 to transport a worker suffering from heart attack crashed into Persian Gulf waters shortly after its take off from the platform, IRNA reports.

    Iran Helicopter CrashDeath of Javad Karandish (partient) and Behrouz Ashkan (assistant physician) have been confirmed while pilot of the helicopter Capitan Soheili is in good health.

    Governor and Head of Bandar Lengeh Crisis Management Working Group said that as a result of the crash, two were killed and two are still missing and one has been saved.

    Arsalan Bahar-Meymandi added that the helicopter with five persons on board crashed into Persian Gulf waters at 21:00 while it was transporting a sick worker to hospital.

    Searches are underway to save two missing persons, he said.

    Source: Trend


    Devon Energy Set To Layoff 300 Employees

    Devon Energy is laying off 300 employees, the company announced on Tuesday.

    Devon Energy Oklahoma CityThis round of layoffs represents about 9 percent of the company overall and is said to impact all parts of the company.

    A spokesperson for the company released the following statement regarding the situation:

    "The oil and gas industry is in a lower-for-longer commodity price environment, which requires Devon to transform the way it operates. The company must continue to sharpen its focus on core operations, increase its operating and financial efficiencies and align its workforce with this heightened focus to be as competitive and successful as possible in this environment. As a necessary step in achieving that alignment, Devon is reducing its employee count by about 9 percent, or approximately 300 jobs.

    Devon continually evaluates its resource needs to meet the changing structure of its business. The workforce reduction aligns the company’s organizational structure with the business activities that best support Devon’s strategy to optimize investment returns.

    As the company simplifies its asset portfolio and improves its financial strength, these staff reductions, together with numerous other cost-reduction measures, will remove $150 million to $200 million in general and administrative costs by 2020. The workforce reductions, which will impact all parts of the company, will occur in the weeks ahead."

    The last time the company was forced to layoff employees was back in early 2016.

    Source: News9


    North Dakota Oil Country Begging For Workers, Say Official

    The jobs outlook in the Oil Patch in western North Dakota is at its highest level in three years.

    An oil derrick is seen at a fracking site for extracting oil outside of Williston North DakotaCentral North Dakota looks good, too, heading into summer.

    Released last week, Job Service North Dakota's latest regional reports for job openings in central North Dakota and the Oil Patch region indicate their highest numbers since 2015-16.

    In March, job openings in the oil country counties of Divide, McKenzie and Williams in northwest North Dakota cracked their highest since July 2015, according to Job Service North Dakota. Cindy Sanford, of the Williston Job Service North Dakota office, said the oilfield needs more people, preferably with experience and driving records free of moving violations.

    Hydraulic fracturing, pipelines, truck driving, drone operators — these and more all need bodies, according to Sanford, who said the three northwestern counties also have "a huge, huge need" for health-care professionals and about 40 teachers.


    Oklahoma Workover Rig Explosion Injures 2

    An Oklahoma workover rig caught fire today injuring two workers. This happened in Wewoka on Highway 56.

    Wewoka Workover Rig ExplosionThe Seminole County Sheriff’s office say two workers were injured. One of those workers was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital in Oklahoma City.

    The rig is still burning off natural gas at this time according to the Seminole Police Department.

    The cause is under investigation.

    Source: KFOR


    Over 1,000 Oil Workers Evacuated In Azerbaijan Ahead Of Storm

    More than 1,000 oil workers of SOCAR's "Azneft" Production Union have been evacuated from Azerbaijan's Caspian offshore platforms due to the severe weather conditions in the country, state news agency AZERTAC said Friday.

    Photo: SOCARPhone messages were sent to all sites of offshore oil and gas production departments in connection with meteorological forecasts, "Azneft" spokesman Ibrahim Ahmadov said.

    He said that only the required number of duty officers remained at offshore oil and gas production facilities.

    "Measures have been taken to evacuate over 1,000 workers from offshore platforms by air and sea transport. The situation is under constant control," he said.

    A strong storm has been forecast to hit Azerbaijan's part of the Caspian sea on March 30. Strong windy weather will continue until March 31 morning with north-west wind speeds of 32-35 m/s in some parts of the Absheron peninsula, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.


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