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    Permian Basin Continues To Grapple With Drug, Alcohol Abuse

    The Permian Basin continues to exceed state and even national rates of growth, and unfortunately that also applies to drug and alcohol abuse.

    According to Drug Screen Compliance the positive rate for drug tests is 18 percent twice the national rate of 9 percent. These tests were positive for a combination of marijuana cocaine and opiates.Rhonda Murphy, office manager in the Midland office of Drug Screen Compliance, said that the positivity rate for drug tests nationwide is 9 percent. But in the Permian Basin, it's 18 percent.

    She said marijuana is the most frequent to show up in positive tests, followed by cocaine. Methamphetamines and opiates trade the third and fourth spots, she said.

    Nationwide, the positivity rate has soared 51 percent, but Murphy explained that was because the U.S. Department of Transportation added new screening panels for oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone.

    In the thriving Permian Basin, Murphy speculated that some truck drivers may use drugs to help them navigate long hours and many consecutive days at work, so they can earn overtime. But then, she said, the script flips so they're working overtime to earn money to buy drugs.

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    Petition To Move Oil Rig Lawsuit To Mexico Denied

    An appeals court has denied a petition to move a lawsuit to Mexico that was brought against an oil rig manufacturer involved in a fatal accident it is accused of causing. 

    File PhotoAccording to the May 9 filing, Friede & Goldman, Ltd. and ABS Entities petitioned the Texas First Court of Appeals for a writ of mandamus and asked the court to grant its motion to dismiss the underlying lawsuit for forum non convenience. 

    Friede & Goldman and ABS Entities stated the court “abused its discretion by denying their joint motion to dismiss because Texas is an inconvenient forum for the lawsuit,” according to the filing. FGL and ABS Entities made a motion for dismissal on the grounds that the “suit should be dismissed for refiling in a court in Mexico. The trial court denied the motion without explanation,” according to the filing. 

    The lawsuit was filed by 44 plaintiffs in Harris County District Court after the oil rig Troll Solution, known as a “jack-up rig,” listed and fell beneath the water’s surface while employees were working on an offshore oil well in the Bay of Campeche, according to the filing. One worker died and 41 of the plaintiffs were onboard during the incident.

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    Maersk Drilling To Launch First Hybrid, Low-Emission Rig

    Maersk Drilling will launch its first hybrid, low-emission rig. Combining hybrid power, data intelligence and cleaning technology, the Maersk Intrepid will push the boundaries for low-emission drilling on conventionally powered offshore rigs.

    Maersk Intrepid.A new technological standard for low-emission drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. This is Maersk Drilling’s ambitious target for the ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig Maersk Intrepid, which is entering a series of upgrades to convert it to a hybrid rig with low levels of NOx emissions, adding data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The upgrades are being carried out in cooperation with Maersk Intrepid’s current customer, Equinor, which has introduced compensation formats to stimulate emission reductions.

    “The Maersk Intrepid project is the result of asking a simple yet challenging question: What would be the most efficient technological approach to minimizing emissions from a rig in the short term? The resulting ideas have been very positively received by Equinor and will contribute to Equinor’s long-term emission targets. It should be noted that the upgrades will not only produce a low-emission profile for the rig; they will also result in cost savings for our customer due to lower energy consumption, so this is business and low-emission targets working hand in hand,” says CCIO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.

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    API Endorses Revisions To Well Control Rule

    The release last week of revisions to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Well Control Rule is, according to the American Petroleum Institute, a part of an ongoing effort that has strengthened industry’s actions on safe operations and a regulatory framework that promotes updated, modern, and safe technologies, industry best practices, and operations.

    Deepwater Horizon BOP extraction“This revised well control rule will help to further manage risks and better protect workers and the environment,” said API’s Vice President of Upstream and Industry Operations, Erik Milito. “The revision strengthens the rule and enhances a robust regulatory framework to ensure updated, modern, and safe technologies, best practices, and operations.

    “The safety of our workers, our operations and our communities, along with protection of the environment, is the oil and natural gas industry’s number one priority. Offshore production delivers billions of dollars to the federal treasury and has created thousands upon thousands of jobs throughout the Gulf Coast as well as in states far removed from production activities, where American families and state budgets depend on reliable and abundant energy sources to meet consumer demand and to drive the economy.”

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    Dog Rescued By Oil Rig Crew After Found Swimming 135 Miles Offshore

    A dog found swimming more than 135 miles from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land.

    A dog found swimming more than 135 miles from shore by an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand was returned safely to land.A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Vitisak Payalaw, said on his Facebook page that they saw the dog last Friday swimming toward the platform. He said they were lucky to spot it because if there had been waves it probably would not have been visible.

    The dog made it to the platform, clinging to the support structure below deck without barking or whimpering, Vitisak wrote.

    The crew managed to lower a rope and secure it around the dog's neck and haul it up. Vitisak said they speculated the dog might have fallen off a fishing trawler, and dubbed it "Boon Rod," or "Survivor."

    The dog was delivered by boat Monday to the southern port of Songkhla and was declared in good shape after being taken to the animal protection group Watchdog Thailand.

    Vitisak said if the dog was unclaimed, he would like to take it to his home in northeast Thailand.

    Source: USA Today

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    Drilling Company Dismissed From Lawsuit Over Explosion

    Attorneys for the wife of an Oklahoma man killed in a January 2018 drilling rig explosion dismissed one of the companies she is suing for his wrongful death.

    Fire at the Pryor Trust 0718 gas well in Pittsburg County.Dianna Waldridge’s attorney dismissed negligence claims March 28 against Houston-based Patterson-UTI after reaching a settlement with the company.

    Her husband, Parker Waldridge, and four others were killed in the explosion, which occurred at the Pryor Trust Gas Well near Quinton, Oklahoma.

    At the time of the explosion, Patterson-UTI directed drilling operations and Red Mountain Energy was the leaseholder and operator of the well.

    Waldridge’s lawyer, Michael Lyons, said he cannot comment on the settlement, but the lawsuit will be aggressively pursued against defendant Red Mountain Energy.

    “My client is happy that the case has been resolved against Patterson,” Lyons said. “It would be nice for these families to be able to put this horrific tragedy behind them.”

    Lyons said any possible settlement with the remaining defendants is up to them.

    “We believe that we’ve brought a lot of attention to this tragedy and it’s important that nothing like this ever happen again. Our focus is going to be shifted to the defendants that remain in the case,” Lyons said.

    The explosion and a subsequent fire occurred Jan. 22, 2018 as the rig crew removed the drill pipe from the well. When the drill pipe was lifted, mud blew upward from the well, and mud and gas from the well caught on fire.

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