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    Investigators See Signs Of Gas Escape And Missed Warnings In Deadly Rig Explosion

    An accident that killed five workers at an Oklahoma drilling site earlier this year may have started after natural gas escaped from the well and safety equipment failed to prevent an explosion and fire that burned for hours, federal investigators said Thursday.

    Wreckage of the PattersonUTI Drilling rig after a deadly January 2018 explosion and fire.New findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board suggest the accident occurred after workers removed pipe from the well. More than 100 barrels of drilling fluid was pushed into the drilling site’s mud pits before the blowout, investigators said, far above levels that should have triggered alarms — and a strong indicator natural gas was flowing into the wellbore.

    Lead investigator Lauren Grim said the agency is examining the blowout preventer, a last-chance device used to shut down an uncontrollable well.

    “We are analyzing the data and testing the equipment to identify why the blowout preventer did not function,” she said.

    Investigators are also scrutinizing other equipment and crew experience, training and communication to see if proper procedures were followed and if workers missed any warning signs before the explosion and fire.


    CSB Releases Factual Update on Blowout and Fire at Pryor Trust Gas Well in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma

    Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a factual update into its ongoing investigation of the January 22, 2018, blowout and fire at the Pryor Trust Gas Well located in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, that killed five workers.   

    Patterson UTI Quinton Oklahoma BlowoutThe CSB has determined the incident occurred shortly after drilling crew members removed the drill pipe from the well in a process known as “tripping.” To date, the CSB’s investigation has determined the following timeline related to the blowout and fire:  

    • January 21, 2018: Crew members from the Patterson-UTI Drilling Company had been drilling a gas well for over a week. Activities were being overseen by the operator of the well, Red Mountain Operating, LLC (or RMO) in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. 

    • At 3:36 pm, the Patterson crew stopped drilling to remove the drill pipe from the well and change the drill bit.  

    • At 6:48 pm, crew members began the process of removing the drill pipe from the well. The Patterson crew pumped mud into the well during the removal of the drill pipe with the intent to keep the well full of mud. That operation involved closing an isolation valve to prevent mud from flowing out of the well.  By 10:30 pm, the end of the drill pipe reached the top of the curve in the well.


    Bank of the West to drop fossil fuel business, drawing angry response in Wyoming

    Bank of the West, which has about two dozen branches in Wyoming, is suspending business with many fossil fuel developers, the company announced recently.

    A drilling rig for Wold Energy Partners operates outside of Rolling Hills on Oct. 4. Bank of the West recently announced it will no longer do business with fossil fuel developers.The San Francisco-based firm will continue to work with oil, coal and gas companies, but only if they show an active commitment to transitioning to greener energy, according to a company statement. Those engaged in drilling shale oil or gas, mining coal or burning coal in power plants are out of luck.

    Sen. John Barrasso slammed the bank for being anti-fossil fuel in a Wednesday letter to CEO Nandita Bakhshi.

    “Simply put, fossil fuels are essential to the livelihood of people in my home state, including those served by the dedicated employees at your 23 Wyoming branches,” he said. “It is a serious mistake to pick winners and losers in energy markets, especially to the detriment of your own customers.”


    Henderson to perform major rig refurbishment for Energy Drilling Company

    Henderson, a leader in the sales and service of drilling rigs and capital drilling equipment, has entered into a contract for a major drilling rig refurbishment with Energy Drilling Company.

    Rig to be refurbished. ImageHenderson.The contract includes the purchase and upgrade of a 2,000 HP drilling rig, an A/C top drive, three 1600 hp x 7,500-psi mud pumps, a walking system, 30-ft box-on-box substructure and a 1-million-lb derrick. It will be the first major rig refurbishment completed at Henderson’s new service center and rig yard in Houston, Texas.

    James Lank, president and COO, Henderson, said, “The addition of this high-spec rig to Energy Drilling Company’s fleet showcases Henderson’s expertise in sourcing and upgrading drilling rigs and equipment. With new rig-up facilities now established in Houston and Odessa, Henderson is uniquely positioned to support the resurgent drilling market in North America. We’ve built a great project team in our growing rig services division, who will work closely with Energy Drilling Company to offer comprehensive support and services.”


    Ohio Coroner Investigates Oil Worker’s Death

    The Coshocton County Coroner’s Office is looking into the cause of death of a Noble County man who was found unresponsive at an oil well site Monday afternoon near Newcomerstown.

    The Coshocton County Coroner’s Office is looking into the cause of death of a Noble County man who was found unresponsive at an oil well site Monday afternoon near NewcomerstownDeputies were called to 6075 State Route 36 SW in Oxford Township at 6:22 p.m. Witnesses reported that Travis Burch, 36, of Dexter City, Ohio, walked behind an oil rig he was working at, and came back to the front stumbling. Burch then collapsed and was unresponsive.

    EMTs were called to the scene. They found that Burch had little to no pulse. He was then transported to Coshocton Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

    Written statements were taken from all of his co-workers who were present.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been called to investigate, but Sheriff Orvis Campbell said there were no obvious signs that it was an industrial accident. Foul play is not suspected.

    Source: Times Reporter


    15 Oilfield Workers 3 Crew Killed In Helicopter Crash

    All 18 people aboard an Mi-8 helicopter carrying oil workers in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region died on Saturday when the aircraft crashed, Russian authorities reported.

    Russian Helicopter Crash Site In Northern SiberaThe helicopter, with three crew members and 15 passengers aboard, crashed beside an oil installation at some 180 kilometers (110 miles) from the town of Igarka, according to preliminary data from the regional department of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry.

    “According to early reports, the helicopter with passengers aboard took off after another transporting a metal structure and ran into it, causing it to crash,” a source at the scene of the accident told the Interfax news agency.

    The Utair airline, owner of the crashed helicopter, said the accident occurred at 0243 GMT near the Vankor heliport, and confirmed that all aboard were killed.

    According to the official Utair statement, weather conditions were normal at the time of the accident.


    Thousands Of Oil And Gas Workers Rally Behind Industry At Colorado Capitol

    The oil and gas industry threw a public rally on the steps of the Colorado Capitol Thursday at lunchtime that lived up to its advance billing as a celebration of the Colorado oil and gas industry and the people who make it work.

    An image captured by drone of the Aug. 2 oil and gas industry rally held on the west steps the Colorado state capitol building in downtown Denver.Populated in large part by Colorado energy company employees, about 70% of the crowd showed up at the capitol wearing gray tee shirts that featured the name of the rally, Energy Proud, on the front, and listed the top 10 reasons to love oil and gas on the back of the shirt.

    Estimates from the rally put the size of the crowd somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000.

    Local oil and gas companies turn out

    Employees from many of Denver’s well known oil and gas companies came out for the rally. Oil & Gas 360® spoke to employees from DCP Midstream (ticker: DCP), Liberty Oilfield Services (ticker: LBRT), Anadarko Petroleum (ticker: APC), Whiting Petroleum (ticker: WLL), High Point Resources (ticker: HPR), EOG Resources (ticker: EOG), Bonanza Creek Energy (ticker: BCEI), PDC Energy (ticker: PDCE), Extraction Oil & Gas (ticker: XOG), Encana Corporation (ticker: ECA) and the American Petroleum Institute.

    Sarah Sandberg, senior director of communications and public affairs for DCP Midstream, brought her puppy, “Gumbo,” to the rally.


    Carlsbad New Mexico Band 'Stranded' Looks To Raise Awareness Of Oilfield Traffic

    Raul Ortega sees the danger on U.S. Highway 285 every day.

    Stranded Band MembersThe 52-year-old pipeline operator drives to and from work on the highway known for heavy oilfield traffic, and recently a string of fatal accidents.

    Ortega also started playing drums for Carlsbad rock band Stranded about a year ago, and saw a chance to raise awareness of the peril he and his fellow oilfield workers and Carlsbad residents face every day on that road.  

    More: After crashes on U.S. 285, New Mexico residents at odds with officials over road repairs

    The band is celebrating the release of its album “285” in hopes of musically raising awareness of the perilous roadway.

    Stranded is performing at the CD release party, 8 p.m., Saturday at Cal’s Shade Western on South Canal Street.

    “The two founding members wrote it as a party song. Then there were all the accidents on the highway, so I asked if we could rewrite it,” Ortega said. “It’s more about what’s going on.”


    7 Injured in Midland Texas Pipeline Explosion

    According to the Public Information Officer for the City of Midland,, Elana Ladd, the total number of individuals injured in the explosion has risen to seven.

    Midland Texas Pipeline ExplosionFive have been transported to Lubbock as of this time.

    One Midland Fire Department Fire Fighter is among the additional count.

    All pipelines at the location site have been shut in.

    Fire Department personnel are allowing the remaining gas present to burn off.

    "It was just a huge ball of fire. A huge ball of fire from looked like a mile or two away. Which it was, two miles away,” she said.

    Midland resident Amber Studie described the explosion, which she watched from her front door and captured on video.

    “It was out on the porch letting my dogs outside and I just heard this loud explosion, but it was more like a rumble,” she said.

    And that rumble wasn’t just in the air, it shook the whole house, and the ground outside for around a minute. 


    OSHA Cites Three Companies In Patterson UTI Rig Explosion

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to three companies involved in the Patterson 219 explosion in Quinton.

    Patterson-UTI Drilling, Crescent Consulting LLC, and Skyline Directional Drilling LLC were cited by OSHA for “exposing Christina Goodvoice, KOTV/NewsOn6.com via APIn this Jan. 22, 2018 file photo provided from a frame grab by Tulsa's KOTV/NewsOn6.com, fires burn at an eastern Oklahoma drilling rig near Quinton, Okla.employees to fire and explosion hazards” in the Jan. 22 incident that left five men dead.

    All three companies were cited for failing to ensure that heat lamps in use were approved for hazardous locations, according to OSHA documents. OSHA also cited Patterson-UTI and Crescent Consulting for “failing to maintain proper controls while drilling a well, inspect slow descent devices, and implement emergency response plans.”

    The combined total for penalties issued to the three companies is $118,643 — the maximum allowed for violation of the OSHA standards, according to OSHA representatives.

    "These employers failed to properly control hazards involved in oil and gas extraction activities, and the result was tragic," OSHA Oklahoma City Area Office Director David Bates said in a press release. "Employers are required to monitor their operations to ensure workplace health and safety procedures are adequate and effective."


    Chesapeake Selling Ohio Assets for $2 Billion Dollars

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. has agreed to sell its Utica Shale assets in Ohio for $2 billion, executives said Thursday.

    Pioneering shale driller exiting Utica Shale as it pares debt focuses on oilThe Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas company will use proceeds from the sale to repay debt while also increasing drilling activity in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, CEO Doug Lawler said.

    "The divestiture of the Utica Shale is another significant step in Chesapeake's transformation," Lawler said Thursday in an interview with The Oklahoman.

    "As we take the $1.9 billion in anticipated net proceeds to reduce our debt, it's going to further strengthen our portfolio going forward and increase our cash flow."

    The sale to Houston-based Encino Acquisition Partners is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The sale price includes a $100 million contingent payment based on future natural gas prices.

    Paying off the $1.9 billion in debt is expected to cut Chesapeake's annual interest expense by $150 million.


    BP buys US shale assets for $10 Billion Dollars

    British oil and gas giant BP is buying $10.5bn (£8bn) of US shale assets as the higher oil price makes new extraction techniques more attractive again.

    BP buys US shale assets for 10 Billion DollarsBP's purchase is its largest acquisition since the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, which it is still paying for in the US.

    The assets are being sold by Australian mining firm BHP Billiton.

    BP's boss, Bob Dudley, called the deal "a transformational acquisition".

    "This is... a major step in delivering our upstream strategy and a world-class addition to BP's distinctive portfolio," he said in a statement.

    The deal marks a turning point for BP, which has had to rebuild its reputation in the US and is still paying the $65bn bill in clean-up and penalty costs resulting from the Gulf of Mexico rig disaster in 2010.


    Coil Tubing, Frac, Operators Needed in TX, Housing Provided

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    H&P Walk-in Interviews for Floorhands Aug 15th (No Experience Necessary)

    No Experience Necessary! H&P is hosting walk-in interviews at our District Office in Dickinson, North Dakota.

    HP Is Now HiringWe will be interviewing for Floorhand positions going to work in our North Dakota District. Interested candidates need to bring a resume and photo ID.

    A Little Bit About H&P

    Since 1920, H&P has been the industry’s most trusted partner in drilling productivity and reliability.  We continue that legacy with a strategy focused on long-term profitable growth and forward-looking products and services.

    H&P’s integrity promise permeates its interactions with shareholders, business partners, employees and the communities in which it operates across the globe.  We are committed to technologies and innovation that serve to unite our goals of customer value and sustainability.


    Patterson-UTI Drilling Release Statement On Howard Co. Oil Rig Fire

    Patterson UTI Rig 289 North of Big Spring Tx"This morning, a fire appears to have originated from third-party equipment and spread to one of our drilling rigs in west Texas.  The local fire department extinguished the fire, all onsite personnel are accounted for and no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but we can confirm that this was not a well control incident. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and others we work with in the field."

    An oil rig caught on fire in Howard County at around 9:30 a.m.

    The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department told us that the fire was put out at around 12:30 p.m.

    The Howard County VFD and emergency personnel from Martin County and Dawson County responded to the fire.

    The fire was at a Patterson rig, number 289, near the intersection of West County Road 52 and County Road 50.

    Patterson has confirmed there were no injuries.

    Source: NewsWest9