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    Lawsuit Filed Against Several Oil Companies After Engineer Says She Was Secretly Recorded

    A civil lawsuit against several large oil companies with Houston ties for allegedly failing to act when a female drill rig engineer discovered a spy cam in her room is one step closer to a jury trial.

    Woman secretly recorded while on Transocean rigA Louisiana woman, identified only as 'Jane Doe' is suing Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, BHP Billiton Petroleum and Schlumberger Technology Corporation. During a hearing today, a judge ruled the case for punitive damages against the three companies can move forward, but removed Aramark Services, a company contracted for cleaning on the rig, from the suit. 

    "Jane" had only been working and living on the rig for for three days in August 2015 when she noticed a clothing hook on her door that wasn't there before.

    "The rooms are pretty bare and minimum so when you notice something different it sticks out to you," she said in a phone interview with CNN in April 2016. 


    Another Serious Patterson UTI Accident In Oklahoma

    Firefighters pulled a worker from an oil rig near Ash and Richland Road in northwest Piedmont Sunday evening.

    Serious Patterson UTI Accident In OklahomaThe Piedmont Fire Chief told News 9 that a pipe fell injuring an employee.

    The worker was transported to a trauma center in Oklahoma City with serious injuries.


    After 5 Decades, Noble Energy Exits Gulf For Inlands Shale Fields

    Noble Energy has become the latest in a string of oil and gas companies to exit the Gulf of Mexico.

    The Thunderhawk platform produces oil from Noble Energy’s Big Bend field in the Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles southeast of Port FourchonThe exploration and production company says it will sell its Gulf assets to Fieldwood Energy, also based in Houston, for about $710 million.

    Noble officials say they will use money from the sale to repurchase company stock, raising its value to shareholders.

    The company, which has worked in the Gulf about 50 years, including more than 20 in deepwater areas, says it will focus its efforts on inland shale fields, where break-even costs are lower.

    “The sale of our Gulf of Mexico business represents the last major step in our portfolio transformation,” David Stover, Noble president and CEO, said in a news release Thursday. “This has been done to focus our go-forward efforts on those assets that will rapidly grow our cash flows and margins, primarily the U.S. onshore business and the Eastern Mediterranean.


    5 Killed, 10 Injured In Blast On ONGC Drill Ship At Cochin Shipyard

    The bodies recovered have been identified as that of two firemen, two contract labourers and a supervisor. At least three people are reported to be trapped inside the ship and efforts are on to evacuate them.

    Cochin Shipyard in Kerala is engaged in shipbuilding and repairs the largest vessels in IndiaAt least five people died and seven others were injured after a blast on board an under-repair drilling ship at the Cochin Shipyard in Kerala on Tuesday.

    The explosion occurred in the water-tank of the ship Sagar Bhushan, owned by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), and was triggered by a gas leak, said Madhu Nair, chairman and managing director of the shipyard. He also ruled out any foul play. The state-owned ONGC put the time of the blast at 9.15am.

    “Ship repair is one of the most dangerous jobs and we do take enough safety procedures. Despite strong measures it is sad such a tragedy took place. It seems to be a freak accident and we don’t see sabotage angle in the mishap,” the CMD said. The cause of the explosion is being ascertained, ONGC added in a statement.


    Special Report: Dangers In The Oilfield

    The oil and gas industry impacts nearly every person on the planet and the Permian Basin is at the center of it all.

    Dangers of the oilfieldIn West Texas, the lucrative industry brings a lot to the Basin, but there are also potential dangers of life in the oilfield.

    "In West Texas, it's all about the oilfield," Midland resident Jazmin Reyes said.

    Pump jacks for days, rigs towering over the Permian Basin, trucks carrying loads of oilfield equipment - just another day in West Texas.

    For those who live in the Permian Basin, it's their backyard and for many, their bread and butter.

    "The number one money maker out here is the oil," Reyes said.

    Midland County reigns supreme in oil production. A 2017 report by the Texas Railroad Commission shows the county produced nearly seven million barrels of oil in May.


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