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    Training May Have Been Factor In Fatal Oilfield Fire

    The 36-year-old Gillette man who died in October following an explosion and fire at an oil field site in Campbell County was a recent hire to the company with limited training, according to the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s preliminary narrative of events.

    A fire at an oilfield site north of Gillette burns on Oct. 31. Authorities believe a 36yearold worker died shortly after the explosion and subsequent fire at the facility.The state OSHA employees are still investigating the incident, but the fatal alert — a summary of initial facts and findings — notes a more formal training program and a reevaluation of the oil field site’s hazards for workers may be necessary for the employer. Significant factors in the fatality and recommendations from the state could change in the final report.

    Beau Damori had worked for JCG LLC, the company that holds the permit for the disposal facility north of Gillette, for less than two weeks when the explosion occurred. He was working on the site on Oct. 31 with two roustabouts who were employed by the oil field services firm Tisdale Creek Ranch Inc. The three men had drawn water from a containment pit into a truck and were then emptying the water into a brining building — part of the process prior to injecting salty oil field water underground — according to the fatal alert.

    Damori left the brining building, saying that he needed to check the heater treater unit. The other two men did not later recall what specifically Damori had gone to fix, but within two minutes of him leaving, they heard an explosion, according to the fatal alert.

    The fatal alert notes that limited training for Damori might have been a “significant factor” in the event.

    Source: Gilette News Record


    Mexico Pipeline Explosion Death Toll Hits 73

    Hidalgo state Gov. Omar Fayad says the death toll from an explosion at a punctured pipeline in central Mexico has risen to 73, while the number of injured stands at 74.

    In this image provided by the Secretary of National Defense soldiers guard in the area near an oil pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan Hidalgo state Mexico FridayForensic experts continue to comb the site for remains, many of which were reduced to ashes. At least 54 bodies have yet to be identified. Dozens of family members have gathered at the site hoping to find loved ones since the gusher of gasoline burst into a fireball Friday evening.

    President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he will reinforce security along the country’s pipeline network, if necessary, but that pipelines remain the most efficient and cost-effective way to distribute fuel.

    His administration has been transporting more fuel via trucks over the past three weeks in an attempt to dismantle a sophisticated network of fuel theft that costs state oil company Pemex $3 billion a year. The battle against gas theft has led to long lines at the pump and gasoline scarcity in much of the country.

    The grisly explosion occurred at an illegal pipeline tap in central Mexico that occurred amid government efforts to curb widespread fuel theft.


    Protective Order Sought For Patterson Executives In Oil Rig Deaths

    Attorneys for the wife of one of five men that were killed in a Jan. 2018 explosion near Quinton has filed a response to a motion filed by attorneys for the Patterson 219 rig owners asking for a protective order to prevent depositions of two top company executives.

    U.S. Chemical Safety Board submitted photoWrongful death and negligence lawsuits against Paterson-UTI and other companies involved in the rig at the time of the explosion were filed by the families of the five men, Josh Ray, 35, of Fort Worth; Matt Smith, 29, of McAlester; Cody Risk, 26, of Wellington, Colorado; Parker Waldridge, 60, of Crescent; and Roger Cunningham, 55, of Seminole, that were killed in the explosion.

    A sixth lawsuit was also filed by attorneys for Kevin Carrillo, a man who suffered serious injuries in the fire and explosion.

    The six lawsuits against Patterson-UTI and other companies involved have been combined for discovery purposes only.

    A request for a protective order was filed after notices of intent to take oral/videotaped depositions were sent to Patterson-UTI Energy Chief Executive Officer and President William Andrew Hendricks and Patterson-UTI Drilling Company President James Michael Holcomb by attorneys representing Dianna Waldridge, the wife of Parker Waldridge.


    Tributes To 'Best Rigger in the North Sea' After Normanby Dad 'Griff' Dies While Working Offshore

    David Griffiths' wife has spoken of her shock and sadness after the sudden death of her husband, a 'real gentleman and family man'

    Lisa Griffiths has paid tribute to her husband David who died suddenly in December

    Tributes have been paid to "one of a kind" Normanby man David Griffiths, dubbed by colleagues "the best rigger in the North Sea".

    The 38-year-old father-of-two collapsed suddenly while working on the Fulmar oil platform, near Aberdeen, in Scotland.

    His wife, Lisa Griffiths, has said "one of a kind" David was a man "who just lived for us", as she told the heartbreaking story of how he died, minutes after he'd been joking with co-workers.

    David FaceTimed his family every day and was in regular contact with Lisa, who works with children who have special needs.

    But on that fateful day on December 12, she knew something was wrong.

    "Usually he FaceTimed every day," she said. "I had no FaceTime off him and no messages."

    She frantically attempted to contact the rig to be told it was in "lock down" due to an incident.

    She rang back a short time later and desperately pleaded to be told if David was OK: "I said, 'please, just tell me if my husband is dead or alive'.

    "I was at work, I rang my mam and said, right get the kids, something has happened.

    "I waited for about an hour and then the police turned up."


    Coroner Rules Ohio Oilfield Worker Died Of Heroin, Meth Overdose

    The August death of an oil rig worker near Newcomerstown has been ruled an accidental overdose by Coshocton County Coroner Dr. Robert Gwinn. 

    Travis Burch Died of OverdoseTravis Burch, 36, of Dexter City, was transported on Aug. 6 to Coshocton Regional Medical Center after collapsing at an oil well drilling site at 6075 Ohio 36 SW in Oxford Township. 

    Gwinn has ruled the death to be an accidental overdose of heroin and methamphetamine. He said Burch also tested positive for buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. 

    According to the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, Burch was at the back of the rig and then came forward to join other workers. He staggered and fell. Deputies found a used needle and empty plastic bag near the body. Medical personnel found Burch to have little to no pulse once arriving on scene. 

    Source: Coshocton Tribune


    Chesapeake Signals Less Activity, Lower Rig Count In 2019

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Wednesday joined the chorus of operators planning to cut back this year in response to falling commodity prices and investors’ call for continuing financial discipline, announcing plans to reduce capital expenditures by lowering its rig count. 

    Chesapeake Energy Signals Lower Rig CountThe producer, which has shifted to an oiler production mix in recent years as natural gas prices stagnated, said it expects to run an average of 14 rigs in 2019 versus its current level of 18.

    “Further, we expect our capital efficiency to improve in 2019 as total net capital per rig line is projected to decrease by 15-20% compared to 2018,” CEO Doug Lawler said. “The improvement in our capital efficiency, along with our focus on our high-margin oil investments, should result in higher operating cash flow and stronger margins in 2019 compared to 2018.”

    Several Permian Basin operators have announced plans to cut their spending and Chesapeake’s announcement came shortly after Appalachian pure-play Antero Resources Corp. said it would lower its budget in response to sliding oil and natural gas liquids prices.

    Chesapeake stopped short of releasing additional details, indicating it plans to discuss capital guidance later this quarter. For now, the Oklahoma City-based producer estimates that 4Q2018 production was 462,000-464,000 boe/d, versus 4Q2017’s 593,200 boe/d and 3Q2018’s 537,000 boe/d8.


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