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    Bank of the West to drop fossil fuel business, drawing angry response in Wyoming

    Bank of the West, which has about two dozen branches in Wyoming, is suspending business with many fossil fuel developers, the company announced recently.

    A drilling rig for Wold Energy Partners operates outside of Rolling Hills on Oct. 4. Bank of the West recently announced it will no longer do business with fossil fuel developers.The San Francisco-based firm will continue to work with oil, coal and gas companies, but only if they show an active commitment to transitioning to greener energy, according to a company statement. Those engaged in drilling shale oil or gas, mining coal or burning coal in power plants are out of luck.

    Sen. John Barrasso slammed the bank for being anti-fossil fuel in a Wednesday letter to CEO Nandita Bakhshi.

    “Simply put, fossil fuels are essential to the livelihood of people in my home state, including those served by the dedicated employees at your 23 Wyoming branches,” he said. “It is a serious mistake to pick winners and losers in energy markets, especially to the detriment of your own customers.”


    Henderson to perform major rig refurbishment for Energy Drilling Company

    Henderson, a leader in the sales and service of drilling rigs and capital drilling equipment, has entered into a contract for a major drilling rig refurbishment with Energy Drilling Company.

    Rig to be refurbished. ImageHenderson.The contract includes the purchase and upgrade of a 2,000 HP drilling rig, an A/C top drive, three 1600 hp x 7,500-psi mud pumps, a walking system, 30-ft box-on-box substructure and a 1-million-lb derrick. It will be the first major rig refurbishment completed at Henderson’s new service center and rig yard in Houston, Texas.

    James Lank, president and COO, Henderson, said, “The addition of this high-spec rig to Energy Drilling Company’s fleet showcases Henderson’s expertise in sourcing and upgrading drilling rigs and equipment. With new rig-up facilities now established in Houston and Odessa, Henderson is uniquely positioned to support the resurgent drilling market in North America. We’ve built a great project team in our growing rig services division, who will work closely with Energy Drilling Company to offer comprehensive support and services.”


    Ohio Coroner Investigates Oil Worker’s Death

    The Coshocton County Coroner’s Office is looking into the cause of death of a Noble County man who was found unresponsive at an oil well site Monday afternoon near Newcomerstown.

    The Coshocton County Coroner’s Office is looking into the cause of death of a Noble County man who was found unresponsive at an oil well site Monday afternoon near NewcomerstownDeputies were called to 6075 State Route 36 SW in Oxford Township at 6:22 p.m. Witnesses reported that Travis Burch, 36, of Dexter City, Ohio, walked behind an oil rig he was working at, and came back to the front stumbling. Burch then collapsed and was unresponsive.

    EMTs were called to the scene. They found that Burch had little to no pulse. He was then transported to Coshocton Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

    Written statements were taken from all of his co-workers who were present.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been called to investigate, but Sheriff Orvis Campbell said there were no obvious signs that it was an industrial accident. Foul play is not suspected.

    Source: Times Reporter


    15 Oilfield Workers 3 Crew Killed In Helicopter Crash

    All 18 people aboard an Mi-8 helicopter carrying oil workers in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region died on Saturday when the aircraft crashed, Russian authorities reported.

    Russian Helicopter Crash Site In Northern SiberaThe helicopter, with three crew members and 15 passengers aboard, crashed beside an oil installation at some 180 kilometers (110 miles) from the town of Igarka, according to preliminary data from the regional department of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry.

    “According to early reports, the helicopter with passengers aboard took off after another transporting a metal structure and ran into it, causing it to crash,” a source at the scene of the accident told the Interfax news agency.

    The Utair airline, owner of the crashed helicopter, said the accident occurred at 0243 GMT near the Vankor heliport, and confirmed that all aboard were killed.

    According to the official Utair statement, weather conditions were normal at the time of the accident.


    Thousands Of Oil And Gas Workers Rally Behind Industry At Colorado Capitol

    The oil and gas industry threw a public rally on the steps of the Colorado Capitol Thursday at lunchtime that lived up to its advance billing as a celebration of the Colorado oil and gas industry and the people who make it work.

    An image captured by drone of the Aug. 2 oil and gas industry rally held on the west steps the Colorado state capitol building in downtown Denver.Populated in large part by Colorado energy company employees, about 70% of the crowd showed up at the capitol wearing gray tee shirts that featured the name of the rally, Energy Proud, on the front, and listed the top 10 reasons to love oil and gas on the back of the shirt.

    Estimates from the rally put the size of the crowd somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000.

    Local oil and gas companies turn out

    Employees from many of Denver’s well known oil and gas companies came out for the rally. Oil & Gas 360® spoke to employees from DCP Midstream (ticker: DCP), Liberty Oilfield Services (ticker: LBRT), Anadarko Petroleum (ticker: APC), Whiting Petroleum (ticker: WLL), High Point Resources (ticker: HPR), EOG Resources (ticker: EOG), Bonanza Creek Energy (ticker: BCEI), PDC Energy (ticker: PDCE), Extraction Oil & Gas (ticker: XOG), Encana Corporation (ticker: ECA) and the American Petroleum Institute.

    Sarah Sandberg, senior director of communications and public affairs for DCP Midstream, brought her puppy, “Gumbo,” to the rally.


    Carlsbad New Mexico Band 'Stranded' Looks To Raise Awareness Of Oilfield Traffic

    Raul Ortega sees the danger on U.S. Highway 285 every day.

    Stranded Band MembersThe 52-year-old pipeline operator drives to and from work on the highway known for heavy oilfield traffic, and recently a string of fatal accidents.

    Ortega also started playing drums for Carlsbad rock band Stranded about a year ago, and saw a chance to raise awareness of the peril he and his fellow oilfield workers and Carlsbad residents face every day on that road.  

    More: After crashes on U.S. 285, New Mexico residents at odds with officials over road repairs

    The band is celebrating the release of its album “285” in hopes of musically raising awareness of the perilous roadway.

    Stranded is performing at the CD release party, 8 p.m., Saturday at Cal’s Shade Western on South Canal Street.

    “The two founding members wrote it as a party song. Then there were all the accidents on the highway, so I asked if we could rewrite it,” Ortega said. “It’s more about what’s going on.”


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