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    Judge Rejects Reconsideration Of Decision Regarding Physical Evaluation In Case Of Injured Oil Worker

    A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied a motion to reconsider a magistrate judge's decision denying a request to compel an injured oil worker to submit to a functional capacity evaluation (FCE), the ability to perform work activities.

    Judge Rejects Reconsideration Of Decision Regarding Physical Evaluation In Case Of Injured Oil WorkerA judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied a motion to reconsider a magistrate judge's decision denying a request to compel an injured oil worker to submit to a functional capacity evaluation (FCE), the ability to perform work activities.

    In his May 29 ruling, U.S. District Judge Martin Heldman said an FCE would add nothing new in information to an independent medical exam (IME) already performed on oil worker Glen Guidry.

    Guidry is suing Noble Drilling Services Inc., a London-owned offshore oil drilling contractor that operates oil rig platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Guidry, a field service representative for VAM USA LLC, a supplier of connective devices for oil platforms and a subsidiary of Shell Oil Co., was injured in an accident on an oil rig platform on May 11, 2015, while inspecting a joint casing (large diameter pipe) in preparation to lower it to the ocean floor, court filings said.

    He slipped on mud and sustained injuries to his back, ligaments, muscles and nervous system.

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    Alliance Energy Services Ordered To Pay Attorneys' Fees In Overtime Pay Case

    Alliance Energy Services was recently ordered to pay attorneys' fees and costs related to a settlement agreement over uncompensated work time.

    Alliance Energy Services was recently ordered to pay attorneys fees and costs related to a settlement agreement over uncompensated work timeChief U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, in her June 1 decision, ordered Alliance to pay $66,475 for attorney's fees and $1,665.15 in other costs to the plaintiffs who had filed a legal action under the Fair Labor Standards Act in which an oil field worker and “other similarly situated employees” alleged they were owed money for unpaid work time for attending mandatory pre-shift meetings.

    The court filing said the defendant, Alliance, admitted a liability of over $43,000 in unpaid overtime and that a a settlement conference resulted in a settlement in January with the parties later submitting a motion for reasonable attorneys' fees. 

    “The court in such action shall, in addition to any judgment awarded to the plaintiff or plaintiffs, allow a reasonable attorneys' fee to be paid by the defendant and costs of the action,” the court order said.

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    Colorado-Extraction Oil and Gas Operated Windsor-Area Drilling Site Where Accident Injured Three Workers

    Colorado oilfield workers injured.jpgExtraction Oil and Gas is the operator of an active drilling site that was interrupted Thursday night by an accident that injured three workers.

    Brian Cain, spokesman for Extraction, said a pressurized hose broke loose, injuring three workers. One worker had his leg broken, Cain said, but all three workers were treated and released from the hospital.

    Windsor police Sgt. Brian Smith said police received the call about 7 p.m. regarding a small explosion — which involved no fire — related to a liquid nitrogen line at a site near Weld County Roads 62 and 15. It was an active site, with 56 employees on scene.

    "The event was immediately contained and professionally handled," Cain said, adding that working is proceeding at the site.

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    U.S. Drillers Add Oil Rigs For Third Week In A Row

    U.S. energy companies added oil rigs for a third week in a row even though crude prices have declined about 8 percent over the past three weeks.

    Baker Huges Rig CountDrillers added one oil rig in the week to June 8, bringing the total count to 862, the highest level since March 2015, General Electric Co’s Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday. RIG-OL-USA-BHI

    That was the ninth time drillers added rigs in the past 10 weeks.

    The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future output, is much higher than a year ago when 741 rigs were active as energy companies have been ramping up production in tandem with OPEC’s efforts to cut global output in a bid to take advantage of rising prices.

    U.S. crude futures were above $65 a barrel on Friday after earlier this week falling to their lowest level since April 10, as U.S. output surges and falling demand in China.

    Looking ahead, crude futures were trading around $65 for the balance of 2018 and $63 for calendar 2019.

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    New Mexico Lawmakers Look To Community Colleges To Train Workers During Oil Boom

    Industrial workforce needs are becoming a main focus of southeast New Mexican community colleges, as a recent spike in regional extraction developments caused an influx of workers in need of training.

    10-week safety training course for oilfield workersJohn Gratton, president of New Mexico State University Carlsbad spoke before the Legislative Finance Committee during a Wednesday meeting at NMSU-C that his school works closely with industry leaders to identify programs to meet a company’s specifications.

    He said the school is looking to offer a 10-week safety training course for oilfield workers.

    Gratton said safety is paramount to maintaining the industry’s momentum in Permian Basin, and NMSU-C is here to help.

    “You’d be shocked to see some of the injuries. It’s horrible. Safety in that industry is essential,” he said. “When the industry comes to us, we say yes.”

    The administration has met with oil-producing companies such as Chevron, Concho and XTO, Gratton said, to discuss a potential gas-compression program for workers in the natural gas industry.

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    Making Offshore Oil Rigs Safer With Robotics And Automation

    Automation of the oil and gas industry has been slow, but we seem to be standing on the brink of a revolution in this niche. All eyes are now turned to the first fully automated robot starting its work in the North Sea and heralding a major change.

    Robotics to make offshore drilling saferIt’s predicted that the robotics market will value over $134 billion in 2019 yet only a small fraction of it comes from the oil and gas industry. That’s a surprising fact and by no means in a good way as this industry has the potential to benefit immensely from the adoption of automation. The good news is that the situation seems to be changing, though very slowly. Now the first ever fully automated robot will be doing all the checks on a rig in the North Sea. The success of this project is vital for the future of the industry and the health of the planet.

    Why Does the Oil and Gas Industry Need Robotics and Automation Right Now?

    Accidents on offshore oil rigs cause billions of damage and affect the environment in tragic and irreversible ways. They also cost hundreds of human lives and that state isn’t likely to change as even with the stringent safety protocols a worker on an offshore oil rig is six times more likely to die on the job compared to an average worker on the continent.

    167 lives were tragically lost during the Piper Alpha disaster of 1988. 11 brave workers died during the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, which also caused immeasurable environmental damage to the Gulf of Mexico because that incident caused 4.9 million barrels of oil to spill into the ocean.

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