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    GoFundMe Campaign Started For Family Of Oilfield Accident Victim

    A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to assist the family of Mark Biglin, the man killed Monday in a workplace accident in the southeast oilpatch.

    GoFundMe Campaign Started For Family Of Oilfield Accident VictimKayla Kopacz, who launched the campaign, wrote that her best friend Nickie lost her loving partner. Kopacz also praised Biglin for how he raised his children Tykayah (18), Breck (15) and Piper (six)

    Biglin wanted to be a mechanic but has been working on the oil rigs to support his family.

    “Nickie is one of a kind and has been putting herself through school to be a social worker from home,” Kopacz wrote.

    Kopacz asked for people to please support the family in this sudden tragedy, as the road ahead will be very difficult.

    “Piper, Breck, and Tykayah are amazing children with huge hearts that will always have a piece of Mark with them forever as their guardian angel,” she wrote.

    As of Thursday morning, the campaign had raised $9,825 of its $100,000 goal, with 76 donors contributing in a little more than a day.

    To support the campaign, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-life-taken-too-soon-help-nickie-breck.

    The incident occurred Monday at a Crescent Point Energy Corp. site near Stoughton. He was working for Aaron Well Servicing when the accident occurred.

    Source: Estevan Mercury


    Statute To Limit Personal Injury Damage Verdicts Ruled Unconstitutional

    Gravely injured and lying in a hospital bed in 2012, Todd Beason wondered if his life would ever be the same. A married father of three boys, Beason was a drilling rig supervisor for an oil and gas company. But while working on a rig site in Texas, another company’s employee improperly side-loaded an industrial crane which caused an 80-foot boom arm to free-fall, crashing down onto Beason. He suffered a life-threatening brachial-plexus injury, tearing apart the nerves connecting his spinal cord to his left shoulder, arm and hand.  

    Todd Beason had extensive surgeries two amputations and months of specialized medical treatment.After extensive surgeries, two amputations and months of specialized medical treatment, Beason is permanently disabled and will require ongoing medical care and constant pain management the rest of his life. And it began an uphill, seven year legal battle that would ultimately overturn the Oklahoma statute governing an injured party’s ability to receive proper compensation for a debilitating lifelong injury and the resulting pain and suffering.

    Personal injury, personal care

    The Beason family sought experienced, highly-competent legal advice for their upcoming battle and chose the Abel Law Firm as their legal representatives.

    Led by respected personal injury attorneys Ed Abel, Kelly Bishop and Luke Abel, the legal team began months of exhaustive preparation for trial. The Abel Law Firm communicated regularly with the Beason family, kept them informed of their preparation and what to expect in the upcoming days. But it was during the trial that the Abel’s care, skill and preparation really stood out to the Beasons.

     “They did everything they said they would do … they fought so hard for us,” said Todd’s wife, Dara. “Luke, Kelly, Ed … all of them in the courtroom were absolutely phenomenal.”

    In June of 2015, an Oklahoma County jury returned a $15 million verdict for the Beasons. Jurors allocated $9 million for Beason’s economic losses; $5 million for non-economic damages (i.e. pain, suffering, permanency, mental anguish and disfigurement); and $1 million for his wife’s non-economic loss of consortium claim. But their waiting wasn’t over.

    An unexpected glitch

    Although the jury found no negligence on Beason’s part, the court was obligated to follow the existing state statute, reducing non-economic damages to $350,000 per person. The statute also forced the trial judge to reduce the judgment from $15 million down to $9.7 million: $9,350,000 for Beason and $350,000 for his wife.

    However, jurors had not been informed of the $350,000 cap until the end of the court proceedings, after they had awarded a total verdict and allocated the damages into subsections. As such, jurors were unaware that their designation of certain funds as non-economic damages – often referred to as ‘pain and suffering’ – would result in the total monetary judgment being lowered.


    Service Rig Death On Crescent Point Site Near Stoughton

    A fatality was reported at a Crescent Point Energy Corp. site near Stoughton on Aug. 19. A Weyburn-based service rig company was working on the site, according to a statement from Crescent Point received by email.

    A worker died on a Crescent Point site near Stoughton on Aug. 19. Note this is a file photo and not of the actual scene.The statement said, “Earlier today, an Aaron Well Servicing employee passed away while located at one of our sites near Stoughton, Saskatchewan. Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased Aaron Well Servicing employee.

    “Immediately after notification of the incident, we initiated our corporate emergency response and secured the site to ensure the ongoing safety of staff, the community and environment.

    “As both external and internal investigations into the cause of death are ongoing, Crescent Point is unable to comment on this situation. Right now, our focus is on supporting our colleagues.”

    STARS Air Ambulance's Twitter feed noted a unit had been dispatched to a scene call emergency in the Stoughton area around 1 p.m. that day. 

    Source: Pipeline News


    U.S. Drillers Add Oil Rigs For First Week Since June

    U.S. energy firms this week increased the number of oil rigs operating for the first time in seven weeks despite plans by most producers to cut spending on new drilling this year.

    Drilling rigs operate at sunset in Midland Texas U.S. February 13 2019Companies added six oil rigs in the week to Aug. 16, the biggest increase since April, bringing the total count to 770, 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 869 active rigs.

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

    Production has continued to rise despite the decline in the rig count because productivity has increased in most basins this year, meaning drillers are getting more oil and gas out of each new well even though they are operating fewer rigs. 

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration  this week projected U.S. crude output from seven major shale formations would rise by 85,000 barrels per day in September to a record 8.77 million bpd.

    In total, the EIA projected U.S. oil production would rise to 12.27 million bpd in 2019 from a record 10.99 million bpd in 2018. 


    Trump To Promote Turning Natural Gas Into Plastics In Pennsylvania

    Trying to hold support in the manufacturing towns that helped him win the White House in 2016, President Donald Trump is showcasing growing efforts to capitalize on western Pennsylvania's natural gas deposits by turning gas into plastics.

    TPresident Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Trump is showcasing the growing effort to capitalize on western Pennsylvanias natural gas deposits by turning gas into plastics..jpgrump will be in Monaca, about 40 minutes north of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday to tour Shell's soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex. The facility, which critics claim will become the largest air polluter in western Pennsylvania, is being built in an area hungry for investment.

    The focus is part of a continued push by the Trump administration to increase the economy's dependence on fossil fuels in defiance of increasingly urgent warnings about climate change. And it's an embrace of plastic at a time when the world is sounding alarms over its ubiquity and impact.

    Trump's appeals to blue-collar workers helped him win Beaver County, where the plant is located, by more than 18 percentage points in 2016, only to have voters turn to Democrats in 2018's midterm elections. In one of a series of defeats that led to Republicans' loss of the House, voters sent Democrat Conor Lamb to Congress after the prosperity promised by Trump's tax cuts failed to materialize.


    ExxonMobil Fined $40K After Heavy Chain Fell Within Centimetres Of Worker

    Chain drop caused by improperly maintained shackle; regulator found more issues

    The near miss took place on the Noble Regina Allen offshore rig which is under contract to ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil is decommissioning the Sable Offshore Energy Project.Nova Scotia's offshore petroleum regulator has fined ExxonMobil $40,000 after a heavy chain fell near workers on a drilling rig last year.

    The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board said it determined the oil and gas company was not in compliance with drilling regulations after the Nov. 5 incident.

    In a press release on Tuesday, the board said the equipment used in a lifting operation on board the Noble Regina Allen offshore drilling rig under contract to ExxonMobil was not maintained and operated to prevent the incident. 

    Five workers were on deck when the 16-metre-long, 102-kilogram chain and shackles fell about 17 metres, missing one worker by about 30 centimetres. The shackles and chain are part of the lifting equipment used on board the rig.

    Workers were in the process of disconnecting a load at the time, the board said. 

    "While no one was injured, the incident was classified as a near miss with the potential for a fatality," said the regulator in their notice of violation, which was issued to ExxonMobil on July 12. 


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