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    Utah Man Dies After Service Rig Flooring Falls On Him

    A man died Tuesday morning after part of an oil service rig floor fell on him at a Duchesne County oilfield, officials said Wednesday.

    Andrew Romero (Facebook)Andrew Romero, 40, of Roosevelt, died about 8 a.m. Tuesday at the service rig near 750 N. 3000 West, northwest of Roosevelt, Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office officials said in an emailed statement.

    Oilfield service workers were moving some heavy metal flooring from one service rig, also known as a workover rig, to another rig, officials said. A piece of the floor fell on Romero as crews were moving it.

    Romero was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration are investigating the death, sheriff’s officials said.

    Source: KSL


    Ensco, Rowan Combine in $2.4 Billion Offshore Deal

    The combination of two offshore drilling companies in a $2.4 billion deal will likely not be the last merger in that industry as the offshore energy sector continues to consolidate during a slow recovery from the last oil bust.

    Two offshore oil drilling companies have agreed to combine in an allstock deal valued at nearly 2.4 billionThe London driller Ensco, which runs its North and South America operations from Houston, will buy Rowan Cos. of Houston in all-stock deal announced Monday. The acquisition, which will provide Ensco with newer rigs with more technology, is aimed at keeping pace with larger rival Transocean of Switzerland.

    The London driller Ensco, which runs its North and South America operations from Houston, will buy Rowan Cos. of Houston in all-stock deal announced Monday. The acquisition, which will provide Ensco with newer rigs with more technology, is aimed at keeping pace with larger rival Transocean of Switzerland.

    "Ensco is clearly making a chance to compete in that very similar space, the hi-spec, deepwater sector," said Leslie Cook, a principal analyst with Wood Mackenzie who analyzes the offshore drilling rig industry. "And they're not afraid to do it."


    Oklahoma Company Scrimped Before Deadly Well Fire

    The operator of the Oklahoma well that burned in January, killing five men, was trying to save money and impress investors with a risky drilling method, say attorneys for the dead men's families.

    An explosion at a gas well site near Quinton Okla. earlier this year killed five people.Red Mountain Energy LLC of Oklahoma City and its representatives, they say, ignored warnings that using cheaper, lighter "drilling mud" risked losing control of the well.

    "It's error after error after error," said David Rumley, a Corpus Christi, Texas, attorney representing the families of two of the men who died in the fire. "This entire thing could have been prevented if these companies had done what they were supposed to do."

    Lighter drilling mud, in addition to being cheaper, created a bigger flare at the site, which was used to persuade investors that the well was more productive, Rumley said.

    And a control room door was broken and blocked, he said. It could have let them escape to safety, but instead, the bodies of the workers were found stacked up against it.

    The accusations, based on more than a dozen depositions taken by the plaintiff attorneys, are included in amended lawsuits filed this week in Pittsburg County, Okla., against Red Mountain, rig owner Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. and other companies.


    Quinton Oklahoma Rig Explosion Background Facts Emerge

    Josh Ray RightOn October 8th 2018 an amended petition was filed in the District Court of Pittsburg County Oklahoma on behalf of deceased Josh Ray seeking  Exemplary Damages in an amount equal to 25% of defendants, Red Mountain, Crescent Consulting, National Oilwell Varco and Patterson's net worth.

    Josh Ray was one the five victims killed in the Quinton, Oklahoma drilling rig explosion on January 22nd 2018 in which a Patterson Drilling Rig 219 burst into flames during a trip.

    Background Facts Filed on Behalf Of Josh Ray

    This suit arises out of yet another tragic preventable incident caused by irresponsible companies working in the oilfield who place money and profit over safety and human life. The owner/operator of Pryor Trust 0718 1H-9 Well was Red Mountain. As the owner/operator of the well site in question, Red Mountain had the ultimate responsibility over all operations that relate in any way to carrying out their well plan including the design of the drilling prognosis, the mud program, and directing and supervising all drilling activities. Unlike other E&P companies, Red Mountain does not have the financial ability to drill its own wells. Instead, Red Mountain operates by drilling wells “OPM” or with other people’s money.


    Trump Rolls Back US Land Drilling Rules

    The Trump administration has rolled back an Obama-era rule on climate-changing pollution that US energy companies said was overly intrusive.

    Flaring natural gas in North DakotaThe Trump administration has rolled back an Obama-era rule meant to curb climate-changing pollution, easing restrictions on energy companies that allow huge volumes of natural gas to escape after drilling it from US lands.

    The move rescinds much of a 2016 rule adopted under President Barack Obama that forced energy companies to capture methane, a key contributor to climate change. The replacement rule from the Interior Department does not have the same mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution.

    It comes a week after the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed weakening a similar rule for emissions from public and private lands.

    "We're for clean air and water, but at the same time, we're for reasonable regulations," Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told reporters.

    Bernhardt and other Interior officials were unable to say how much the new rule would reduce methane emissions. The prior regulation would have cut emissions by up to 180,000 tons a year.


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