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    Three Workers Injured In Explosion At Oilfield Site In Southeast Wyoming

    Three workers suffered severe burns Thursday night in multiple explosions and a fire at an oil and gas site in southeast Wyoming. 

    Firefighters work the scene of an explosion at an oilfield compressor station in southeast WyomingThe workers sustained severe burns when an oilfield compressor station exploded west of Carpenter, according to Laramie County Fire District No. 4. One was airlifted to Western States Burn Center in Greeley, Colorado, said Laramie County Fire District No. 4 Fire Chief Scott Maddison. The two others were taken by ambulance to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and then transported to Greeley. 

    "Those guys have a long road ahead," Maddison said Friday. 

    As of Friday afternoon, the workers were in stable condition and able to speak to their families.

    Maddison received a call to respond to the incident at 7:28 p.m. Thursday. The one witness on the scene was an employee who did not sustain injuries. He heard a "pop, pop" and went to shut off the gas.

    "When he turned around, he heard another explosion and it was like a huge fire ball," Maddison said. The fire chief was informed the fire was likely caused by a natural gas leak.


    Husky Energy Confirms 370 Job Cuts

    About 370 jobs have been cut at Husky Energy Inc. this year with most of the reductions coming in a major round of layoffs in October, CEO Rob Peabody revealed on a conference call Monday to discuss the company's guidance for 2020 and 2021.

    Husky Energy Announces LayoffsThe Calgary-based company had refused previously to say how many workers were affected by job cuts designed to better align its workforce with lower capital spending plans going forward.

    "What we're seeing is that (the reductions) will generate forward savings of about $70 million ... per year," said Peabody, adding the company will take a charge against earnings of $70 million in the fourth quarter to account for the cuts.

    "We're going to continue those efforts to capitalize on the fact we've created a more focused and a simpler company."

    In a regulatory filing earlier this year, Husky said it had 5,157 permanent employees at the end of 2018, little changed from the numbers at the end of 2016 and 2017.

    Capital spending for 2020 and 2021 is being cut by $500 million compared with guidance released last spring due to what Husky called changing market conditions.

    The budget for 2020 is to fall by about $100 million to between $3.2 billion and $3.4 billion, while the following year it will drop by an additional $400 million.


    Pumpco Services In Odessa Lays Off 112 Workers Due To Declining Rig Activity

    About 112 workers at Pumpco Energy Services in Odessa were laid off Nov. 25, according to a bulletin released Monday from the Texas Workforce Commission.

    A drilling rig works near the southern edge of the famous Permian Basin region of TexasThe advisory, which also showed 85 layoffs from National Oilwell Varco in Harris County, comes after several weeks of declining rig activity in the Permian Basin, according to reports from Baker-Hughes.

    Founded in 1982, Pumpco Energy Services specializes in pressure pumping for the fracking and completion end of the oil business, and the company was among the first to unbundle proppant and logistics as part of their business strategy.

    The company has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Superior Energy Services of Houston since that company’s merger with Complete Energy Services in 2012.

    Source: Go San Angelo


    Halliburton Closes El Reno Oklahoma Facility-Over 800 Jobs Lost

    The oilfield company, Halliburton, told the City of El Reno it is closing its facility there and more than 800 workers will be permanently laid off.

    Halliburton Closes El Reno Oklahoma FacilityThe company asked El Reno police officers to watch the entrances Monday as workers left for the last time.

    The mass lay-off was announced just weeks before Christmas.

    “I think the people of El Reno are strong," said El Reno's Mayor Matt White. "I think they are resilient to this deal. Of course, we feel for those 808 people who have lost their jobs around Christmas time, it’s just terrible."

    Not all of the 808 workers live in the city limits, but White says losing them will hurt local businesses.

    “It is absolutely going to affect our community," White said. "It’s going to affect our restaurants, it’s going to affect our small businesses here in our community. At lunchtime those guys are full, the hotels are full with Halliburton trucks. It’s going to affect us."


    Grand Jury Indicts Oilfield Company For Felonies After Workers Say They Were Injured By Chemical Release

    A grand jury in Anchorage on Tuesday indicted Baker Hughes oilfield service companies and a Baker Hughes manager on several counts of assault after five workers with a construction crew said they were injured in a chemical release during an incident that is alleged to have taken place in Kenai in 2014.

    Grand jury indicts GE s Baker Hughes for exposing workers to toxic chemicalsThe 25 felony counts in the indictment include 10 counts of first-degree assault. The companies face up to $2.5 million in fines for the most serious charges if convicted, the Alaska Department of Law said in a statement on Wednesday.

    John Clyde Willis, a manager for Baker Hughes, faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for the most serious charges if convicted, the statement said.

    In 2014, during the construction of a new chemical transfer facility, the workers allegedly were repeatedly exposed to toxic chemical releases from the existing chemical transfer facility, the statement said, citing the indictment.

    The indictment also claims that Houston, Texas-based Baker Hughes, along with Baker Petrolite, Baker Hughes Oilfield Services, and Willis, “failed to provide safety information regarding the chemicals used on site and failed to respond to repeated complaints by workers about the chemical exposures until May 8, 2014, when several workers were sent to the hospital because of a large exposure event.”


    Hilcorp Fined $25K After Worker Died On Alaska Oil Rig

    Hilcorp Energy Co. and one of its drilling contractors have each paid fines of $25,000 or more after a worker died at a company drilling rig on Alaska’s North Slope, officials said.

    Hilcorp Pays  25K fine for worker deathShawn Huber, 36, died at the Milne Point field in December 2018 when a 700-pound (318-kilogram) section of drilling pipe hit his head, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Tuesday.

    An internal investigation by the companies found the rig’s operator accidentally opened a set of hydraulic jaws and dropped the 31-foot (9.45-meter) pipe section on Huber. The report submitted to Alaska workplace safety regulators said the operator was distracted while training a colleague.

    Hilcorp paid $25,000 in state-assessed penalties six months later for violating a pair of safety regulations, including one stating employers should not allow rig workers to stand or pass under “suspended loads,” and another requiring appropriate disinfectant to be used after a blood spill.


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