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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


    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.


    Suspect Shot By Mountie On Central Alberta Oilfield Site

    The province’s police watchdog is investigating after a Sylvan Lake RCMP officer shot and injured a suspect in central Alberta on Saturday.

    An Alberta Mountie is facing charges in Whistler.A media release from Alberta RCMP on Sunday states that police responded to an oilfield site in Eckville, Alta. at about 8:15 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a possible stolen battery.

    Arriving at the scene, an officer discovered a male suspect asleep in a truck, with a sledgehammer and a can of bear spray next to him on the front seat.

    According to the RCMP, the officer put out a spike belt and waited for backup.

    But then the officer and the suspect got into a “confrontation”, and the officer ended up firing his gun, RCMP said. The suspect was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    RCMP said the officer was not injured, and that the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) — which investigates serious police incidents that result in injury or death — has taken over the investigation.

    ASIRT confirmed it is investigating an officer-involved shooting via social media.

    Eckville is about 50 km west of Red Deer.

    Source: Edmonton Journal


    Baby Beaver Rescued By Oil Rig Workers

    An orphaned beaver is getting a second chance at life thanks to some oil rig workers and a wildlife organization.

    Baby Beaver rescue In OklahomaThe workers found the beaver after spotting two deceased adult beavers dead on the side of the road.

    “They were compassionate enough to stop and make sure that the animals really were deceased, and they found the baby with them,” said Rondi Large of WildCare Oklahoma.

    Staffers at Wildcare in Noble, Oklahoma are nursing the little guy back to health.

    He’s been given a makeshift lodge with a teddy bear to cuddle, medications to fight respiratory issues, and his own watery playpen.

    He’s also being bottle fed formulated beaver milk, which is high in fat and helping in his recovery.

    The next step will be moving him to a new, large outdoor swim area where he’ll be able to socialize with other beavers.

    He’ll be released in the next year or two after proving he’s ready.

    “It takes a long time for beavers to mature,” said Large. “Before they release, they have to show me adult behaviors.”

    Large says the baby beaver’s mother likely evacuated him from his lodge after it was destroyed or bulldozed, as adolescents are too buoyant to get out, or under water, on their own.

    Source: NewsCenter1


    Federal Judge Demands Trump Administration Reveal How Its drilling Plans Will Fuel Climate Change

    The ruling temporarily blocks drilling on 300,000 acres of leases in Wyoming.

    Federal Leases Facing Climate Change LawsuitA federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing to take into account the climate impact of its oil and gas leasing in the West.

    The decision by U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras of Washington could force the Trump administration to account for the full climate impact of its energy-dominance agenda, and it could signal trouble for the president’s plan to boost fossil fuel production across the country. Contreras concluded that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management “did not sufficiently consider climate change” when making decisions to auction off federal land in Wyoming to oil and gas drilling under President Barack Obama in 2015 and 2016. The judge temporarily blocked drilling on about 300,000 acres of land in the state.

    The initial ruling in the case, brought by the advocacy groups WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility, has implications for oil and gas drilling on federal land throughout the West. In the decision, Contreras — an Obama appointee — faulted the agency’s environmental assessments as inadequate because they did not detail how individual drilling projects contribute to the nation’s overall carbon output. Since greenhouse gas emissions are driving climate change, the judge wrote, these analyses did not provide policymakers and the public with a sufficient understanding of drilling’s impact, as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

    “Given the national, cumulative nature of climate change, considering each individual drilling project in a vacuum deprives the agency and the public of the context necessary to evaluate oil and gas drilling on federal land before irretrievably committing to that drilling,” he wrote.


    Two Workers Hospitalized Following Wyoming Oil Well Explosion

    Two oil field workers were transported to the hospital Wednesday morning after an oil well reportedly exploded, engulfing a pickup truck and hot oil tanker in flames.

    Stock ImageFire department personnel responded to the site, which was located near the Van Buggenum and T Chair Roads south of Gillette off of  U.S. Highway 50.

    The oil tanker was still hooked up to the well. Firefighters stopped the flow of oil and extinguished the fire, according to a press release from the Campbell County Fire Department.

    Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds advised that the explosion struck one worker, a 24-year-old male, head on, causing injuries to his face and hands.

    Another worker, a 23-year-old male, was hospitalized for heavy coughing and uncontrollable shaking following the blast.

    Reynolds said that, due to the remote location, the landowner responded to the scene and transported both injured men to a location accessible by EMS.

    Both males were transported to Campbell County Health.

    At this time, the extent of their injuries are unknown, as is the cause of the fire.


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