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    Daughter Of Worker Killed In Texas Oil Well Blast Sues Chesapeake Energy, Other Firms

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. and three oilfield service firms were sued by the daughter of a worker who suffered fatal injuries when a Texas oil well exploded in flames in late January.

    Daughter Of Worker Killed In Texas Oil Well Blast Sues Chesapeake Energy, Other FirmsThe wrongful death suit seeks at least $1 million from Chesapeake Energy, Forbes Energy Services, Eagle Pressure Control and Halliburton Co. It was filed this week in Harris County District Court by Madison Hendrix, whose father, Brad Hendrix, died in a hospital days after the blast.

    Hendrix alleged that Chesapeake, the well owner, and the oilfield service companies were negligent, failed to provide a safe work environment or adequate medical care to the workers.

    Chesapeake declined to comment and Eagle Pressure Control did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Forbes Energy Services said it was “beyond saddened that three fatalities have been confirmed” and offered its “deepest sympathy and condolences” to families affected by the incident.

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    Driller Helmerich and Payne Sees Oil Producers Cutting Capex 10% In 2020

    U.S. drilling contractor Helmerich and Payne anticipates customer spending declining about 10% in 2020 from last year’s level, the company’s finance chief said on Tuesday.

     U.S. drilling contractor Helmerich and Payne anticipates customer spending declining about 10% in 2020 from last year’s level, the company’s finance chief said on Tuesday.The reduced spending would imply that U.S. producers will drill 2,300 fewer wells this year than 2019’s total of about 16,400 wells. That would mark a 14% year-over-year decline, the company said.

    Even so, the driller is expecting a “modest” increase in rig activity in the current quarter over last. It plans to run an average of 196 rigs for the quarter, the company said, versus 195 at the end of the last quarter.

    The cautiously upbeat outlook comes as oil prices have plunged in recent days on growing concerns that a rising number of coronavirus cases will erode demand. U.S. crude futures were trading at roughly $50.41 a barrel on Tuesday, after falling below $50 at the start of the week, the lowest level in more than a year.

    “We believe capital discipline by our customers will remain a prevailing theme, and we expect industry activity to look similar to the average level experienced during the second half of calendar 2019,” Chief Executive John Lindsey told investors on a quarterly earnings call, adding that would imply a modest increase from current levels.

    Shares of Helmerich and Payne were up about 3.1% at $42.03 shortly after midday.

    The company said it had increased its market share in U.S. land rigs to 24% from 22%, which it attributed to customer preference for its advanced drilling rigs.

    “Most encouraging is (the) fact that both activity and pricing appear to be stabilizing in HP’s (Helmerich and Payne’s) primary U.S. land segment moving forward,” wrote analysts for Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co on Tuesday.

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    Chesapeake Energy, Others Sued for $1 Million In Fatal Texas Oil-Well Blast

    Chesapeake Energy Corp and three oilfield service firms were sued by the daughter of a worker who suffered fatal injuries when a Texas oil well exploded in flames last month.

    Chesapeake Energy, Others Sued for $1 Million In Fatal Texas Oil-Well Blast The wrongful death suit seeks at least $1 million from Chesapeake Energy, Forbes Energy Services, Eagle Pressure Control and Halliburton Co. It was filed this week in a Harris County District Court by Madison Hendrix, whose father Brad Hendrix died in hospital days after the blast.

    Hendrix alleged that Chesapeake, the well owner, and the oilfield service companies were negligent, failed to provide a safe work environment or adequate medical care to the workers.

    Chesapeake declined to comment and Eagle Pressure Control and Forbes Energy Services did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Attorneys representing Hendrix were not immediately available.

    Halliburton said it was not performing any services on the rig when the well control incident occurred. Its well control unit, Boots & Coots, was hired to handle the post-incident well intervention work, a spokeswoman for the company said.

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    OMV Could Lose Millions of Dollars After Accidentally Cutting Its Own Drill Pipe

    International oil giant OMV could be millions of dollars out of pocket after accidentally cutting its own drill pipe while operating off the South Island coast.

    COSL ProspectorThe incident occurred in late January when a blowout preventer — a device used to seal gas or oil wells and prevent hydrocarbons escaping — was mistakenly activated, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

    OMV Australasia senior vice-president Gabriel Selischi said the preventer had been ‘‘unnecessarily engaged’’ during a test by crew on board the COSL Prospector drill ship.

    As a result, the preventer had operated ‘‘as designed’’ and sheared off the drill pipe, which is being used to drill an $80 million exploratory well at the Tawhaki-1 site, 146km southeast of Balclutha.

    However, Mr Selischi insisted there was no risk to the environment or the vessel’s crew, despite the mishap, as the testing was performed before the start of operations for the full-bore drilling programme.

    ‘‘At no point was there any potential for a release of hydrocarbons to the environment as the well was cased and cemented,’’ Mr Selischi said.

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    Feds To Probe Fatal Chesapeake Energy Oil Well Accident

    Federal officials are stepping into an investigation of an accident at a Chesapeake Energy oil well that left three men dead and another hospitalized.

    Federal officials are stepping into an investigation of a fatal Jan. 30th accident at a Chesapeake Energy oil well that left three men dead and another hospitalized.In a Monday statement, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board announced it has deployed a team to investigate the fatal Jan. 30 accident in Burleson County that killed three workers and left one hospitalized.

    Known as the CSB, the federal agency was launched in 1998 to investigate accidents and to determine the conditions and circumstances that led up to them. As part of its work, the agency identifies the cause or causes of accidents so that similar events might be prevented.

    The federal investigation will run alongside ones being conducted by state and local authorities.

    In a court filing, family members reported that 38-year-old Windell Beddingfield of Tyler died at the scene.

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    Chesapeake Energy Is Sued After Deaths Of 2 Workers In Texas Oil Rig Fire

    Hours after a second worker died of injuries suffered in a Chesapeake Energy well fire in South Texas on Wednesday, the Oklahoma City-based company was sued by the mother of the first victim.

    Chesapeake Energy Is Sued After Deaths Of 2 Workers In Texas Oil Rig FireKAGS TV in Bryan, Texas reported the lawsuit was filed by Linda Milanovich whose son Windell Beddingfield died from his injuries in the blowout. She filed a temporary restraining order and a temporary injunction against Chesapeake Energy on Friday, a filing that came after the Thursday night death of a second worker. Her lawsuit was filed against the drilling company and the owner of well.

    Milanovich, who is being represented by Zehl & Associates PC out of Houston, is requesting Chesapeake maintain evidence such as pictures, audio, video, emails, cell phone records, recordings and any other evidence in the blowout and post investigation. The court documents stated Milanovich is worried the company may try to alter the evidence and asked a judge for the temporary restraining order to stop them from doing these acts.

    The announcement of the second death was made by Chesapeake Energy spokesman Gordon Pennoyer in Oklahoma City. But he did not identify the two workers who died in the fire.

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