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    More Lawsuits Filed in Patterson UTI Rig Explosion-Details Emerge

    Lawsuits were filed Tuesday in Pittsburg County District Court on behalf of the final two victims who lost their lives during the Patterson 219 rig explosion.

    Patterson UTI Oklahoma Rig Explosion Lawsuits FiledAttorneys filed lawsuits on behalf of Josh Ray’s widow and the estate of Cody Risk alleging negligence and more against the companies involved in the Jan. 22 rig explosion in Quinton.

    The explosion occurred Jan. 22, 2018, at the Patterson 219 rig near Quinton and killed five workers — Matt Smith, 29, of McAlester, Oklahoma; Josh Ray, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas; Cody Risk, 26, of Wellington, Colorado; Parker Waldridge, 60, of Crescent, Oklahoma; and Roger Cunningham, 55, of Seminole, Oklahoma.

    Attorneys for the plaintiffs allege the lawsuits arose “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.”

    Red Mountain Operating, LLC, Red Mountain Energy, LLC, Crescent Consulting, LLC, National Oilwell Varco, LP, Jim Brody Blagg, Patterson-UTI Drilling Co., LLC and Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. are named as the defendants in the lawsuit filed on behalf of Ray.

    The same defendants were listed in the lawsuit filed on behalf of Charles Levi Brite — the conservator of Cody Risk’s estate. Attorneys also claimed the same allegations against the parties involved.

    Attorneys claim in the suits that Red Mountain was responsible for all operations and Patterson-UTI was contracted to drill the well. But because Red Mountain contracted the drilling and maintained control over operations, “Red Mountain was solely responsible for and, voluntarily, agreed to assume all liability for the drilling operations” during the incident, according to the lawsuit.


    Fire At Oil Well In Indonesia’s Aceh Kills 18, Dozens Injured

    The death toll from an illegal oil well blaze in Indonesia has jumped to 18 with dozens injured, authorities said on Wednesday (April 25), warning that there could be more victims of the explosion.

    People watch as a fire burns at an oil well in Peureulak, Indonesia's Aceh province, on April 25, 2018.Images from the accident showed a towering flame shooting some 70 metres in the air above homes and palm trees dotting a small community in Sumatra island’s Aceh province. 

    Firefighters on Wednesday afternoon were still battling the blaze sparked by an oil spill at about 1.30am in a residential area. Several homes were also destroyed.

    “We’re still unable to control the fire. We don’t know if there are still victims because we cannot get any closer.”

    Authorities initially said at least 10 people died and some 40 “severely injured” victims were being treated.  The jump in the death toll was from the subsequent deaths of five victims who had been rushed to hospital, authorities said. 

    “There was a group of people digging in the old well but suddenly a huge fire was sparked and it exploded,” said national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto.

    The victims were collecting oil from around the entrance of a wellbore when the blaze erupted, police said.  It was not known how much oil was spilled or what ignited the fire, but authorities suggested a lit cigarette as a possible cause. 


    Carlsbad Oilfield Workers Warned About Hazards On The Job

    A mother bobcat anxiously passed around the catwalk at a tank battery site in southeast New Mexico .

    A worker confronted the animal, tossing small equipment at it in hopes the predator would leave the area on its own.

    Undeterred, the animal crawled up the catwalk and laid to rest on a landing, 12 feet above the ground.

    Hours later, it wandered off.

    Rattlesnakes present a danger around oilfield equipmentNo one was hurt in the encounter about two years ago, but John Able, safety specialist with oilfield service company Danos Inc. said the incident taught his workers to be vigilant of not only the dangers caused by extraction developments, but the environments that surround them.

    “Our guys are in their environment,” Able said of the wildlife. “You’ve got to keep your head on a swivel. We’re used to the hazards caused by the oilfield, but not so much the environmental hazards.”

    Especially during the spring, Able worried oil workers could expect an influx of animals interacting with the industry.

    “They’ve got babies everywhere,” he said. “We told our guys to be more aware. This time of year, we really need to be cautious.”

    Veterinarian and founder of the Desert Willow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Samantha Uhrig said the remote areas of the county known for heavy extraction development, are also host to myriad animals and wildlife that could pose an often-ignored threat to workers.


    Iranian Helicopter Crashes Into Persian Gulf

    A helicopter of the Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) which had been sent to Platform R1 to transport a worker suffering from heart attack crashed into Persian Gulf waters shortly after its take off from the platform, IRNA reports.

    Iran Helicopter CrashDeath of Javad Karandish (partient) and Behrouz Ashkan (assistant physician) have been confirmed while pilot of the helicopter Capitan Soheili is in good health.

    Governor and Head of Bandar Lengeh Crisis Management Working Group said that as a result of the crash, two were killed and two are still missing and one has been saved.

    Arsalan Bahar-Meymandi added that the helicopter with five persons on board crashed into Persian Gulf waters at 21:00 while it was transporting a sick worker to hospital.

    Searches are underway to save two missing persons, he said.

    Source: Trend


    Devon Energy Set To Layoff 300 Employees

    Devon Energy is laying off 300 employees, the company announced on Tuesday.

    Devon Energy Oklahoma CityThis round of layoffs represents about 9 percent of the company overall and is said to impact all parts of the company.

    A spokesperson for the company released the following statement regarding the situation:

    "The oil and gas industry is in a lower-for-longer commodity price environment, which requires Devon to transform the way it operates. The company must continue to sharpen its focus on core operations, increase its operating and financial efficiencies and align its workforce with this heightened focus to be as competitive and successful as possible in this environment. As a necessary step in achieving that alignment, Devon is reducing its employee count by about 9 percent, or approximately 300 jobs.

    Devon continually evaluates its resource needs to meet the changing structure of its business. The workforce reduction aligns the company’s organizational structure with the business activities that best support Devon’s strategy to optimize investment returns.

    As the company simplifies its asset portfolio and improves its financial strength, these staff reductions, together with numerous other cost-reduction measures, will remove $150 million to $200 million in general and administrative costs by 2020. The workforce reductions, which will impact all parts of the company, will occur in the weeks ahead."

    The last time the company was forced to layoff employees was back in early 2016.

    Source: News9


    North Dakota Oil Country Begging For Workers, Say Official

    The jobs outlook in the Oil Patch in western North Dakota is at its highest level in three years.

    An oil derrick is seen at a fracking site for extracting oil outside of Williston North DakotaCentral North Dakota looks good, too, heading into summer.

    Released last week, Job Service North Dakota's latest regional reports for job openings in central North Dakota and the Oil Patch region indicate their highest numbers since 2015-16.

    In March, job openings in the oil country counties of Divide, McKenzie and Williams in northwest North Dakota cracked their highest since July 2015, according to Job Service North Dakota. Cindy Sanford, of the Williston Job Service North Dakota office, said the oilfield needs more people, preferably with experience and driving records free of moving violations.

    Hydraulic fracturing, pipelines, truck driving, drone operators — these and more all need bodies, according to Sanford, who said the three northwestern counties also have "a huge, huge need" for health-care professionals and about 40 teachers.


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