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    Jury Selected In Civil Trial Over Quinton Explosion

    A jury of nine women and five men, including alternates, was selected for the trial of consolidated lawsuits against an oil and gas contractor involved in the 2018 well fire and explosion in Quinton.

    File photoAttorneys agreed Monday to a jury in consolidated wrongful death lawsuits against National Oilwell Varco stemming from the January 2018 Pryor Trust well fire and explosion that killed five men. The trial in the case started Monday in Pittsburg County District Judge Mike Hogan’s courtroom.

    Potential jurors were asked about their knowledge of the case, if that would impact their judgment, if they were comfortable with the amount of damages in the case, if their personal beliefs would allow them to pass judgment, if they knew anyone involved in the case, and more.

    Hogan ordered Jan. 10 that files in the case were restricted from public viewing until the completion of the jury trial.

    Court documents show NOV is the last defendant listed in five lawsuits resulting from the fatal 2018 incident after five families agreed to settlements with Red Mountain Operating, LLC; Red Mountain Energy, LLC; Patterson-UTI Drilling Company, LLC; Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., and other defendants.

    Documents state NOV designed and manufactured the doghouse where the five men took shelter during the incident.


    Enterprise Offshore Drilling Laying Off Dozens Of Offshore Oil Workers

    Houston oilfield service company Enterprise Offshore Drilling is laying off more than five dozen oil-rig workers in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Houston oilfield service company Enterprise Offshore Drilling is laying off more than 60 workers assigned to an offshore rig operated by a client in the Gulf of MexicoIn a letter filed with the Texas Workforce Commission, Enterprise reported that the company is laying off 61 people working aboard Enven Energy's DD 202 offshore drilling rig about 100 miles off shore. Enven is shutting down the rig Jan. 31, Enterprise Offshore Drilling Vice President of Human Resources Amy Warner wrote in her letter.

    The layoffs began in November and are expected to be completed by the end of February.

    In a statement, EnVen said the rig release was planned and followed the successful completion of a nearly two-and-a-half-year drilling program and not as a result of a downturn.

    Houston oilfield service company Enterprise Offshore Drilling is laying off more than five dozen oil-rig workers in the Gulf of Mexico.


    Apache Corp To Close San Antonio Office, Cut 272 Jobs

    U.S. oil and gas producer Apache Corp will close its San Antonio, Texas office overseeing its struggling Alpine High project in the Permian basin and 272 jobs will be affected.

    Apache closing San Antonio office  laying off 272 workersThe closure follows the October resignation of Steven Keenan, the former senior vice president of worldwide exploration who was widely credited with the Alpine High discovery in 2016.

    Alpine High has been hit by weak natural gas prices, which prompted the company to temporarily halt production in the third quarter, reduce drilling in the region, and said it would reassign capital to other areas if prices did not recover.

    Weak commodity prices have also forced other companies in the oil and gas industry to find ways to shore up their cash reserves amid heavy investor pressure to boost returns and reduce debt.

    Reuters reported in October that oilfield services firm Halliburton cut 650 jobs across Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and North Dakota and later in December closed plants in Oklahoma and California.


    Colorado-Well Pad Shut Down After 7 Workers Injured In Fire

    Seven contractor workers were injured in a fire at the Regnier Farms well pad in unincorporated Weld County late Monday night, according to a statement from Crestone Peak Resources, which operates the site.

    Location Of Oil Site FireMountain View Fire responded to the site near Weld County Road 20 1/2 near E. County Line Road around 8:30 p.m., according to Chief David Beebe. That's about a mile and a half south of Highway 119 near Longmont.

    All of the injured workers suffered burns and were taken to the hospital, but none have life-threatening injuries, according to Crestone Peak. Four of the injured have since been released from the hospital, Mountain View Fire said. 

    There's no indication at this time about what caused the fire.

    Crestone Peak said the well pad will be shut down until the cause is determined and they're certain it's safe to resume work.


    Three Workers Injured In Explosion At Oilfield Site In Southeast Wyoming

    Three workers suffered severe burns Thursday night in multiple explosions and a fire at an oil and gas site in southeast Wyoming. 

    Firefighters work the scene of an explosion at an oilfield compressor station in southeast WyomingThe workers sustained severe burns when an oilfield compressor station exploded west of Carpenter, according to Laramie County Fire District No. 4. One was airlifted to Western States Burn Center in Greeley, Colorado, said Laramie County Fire District No. 4 Fire Chief Scott Maddison. The two others were taken by ambulance to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and then transported to Greeley. 

    "Those guys have a long road ahead," Maddison said Friday. 

    As of Friday afternoon, the workers were in stable condition and able to speak to their families.

    Maddison received a call to respond to the incident at 7:28 p.m. Thursday. The one witness on the scene was an employee who did not sustain injuries. He heard a "pop, pop" and went to shut off the gas.

    "When he turned around, he heard another explosion and it was like a huge fire ball," Maddison said. The fire chief was informed the fire was likely caused by a natural gas leak.


    Husky Energy Confirms 370 Job Cuts

    About 370 jobs have been cut at Husky Energy Inc. this year with most of the reductions coming in a major round of layoffs in October, CEO Rob Peabody revealed on a conference call Monday to discuss the company's guidance for 2020 and 2021.

    Husky Energy Announces LayoffsThe Calgary-based company had refused previously to say how many workers were affected by job cuts designed to better align its workforce with lower capital spending plans going forward.

    "What we're seeing is that (the reductions) will generate forward savings of about $70 million ... per year," said Peabody, adding the company will take a charge against earnings of $70 million in the fourth quarter to account for the cuts.

    "We're going to continue those efforts to capitalize on the fact we've created a more focused and a simpler company."

    In a regulatory filing earlier this year, Husky said it had 5,157 permanent employees at the end of 2018, little changed from the numbers at the end of 2016 and 2017.

    Capital spending for 2020 and 2021 is being cut by $500 million compared with guidance released last spring due to what Husky called changing market conditions.

    The budget for 2020 is to fall by about $100 million to between $3.2 billion and $3.4 billion, while the following year it will drop by an additional $400 million.


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