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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.



    The American oil and gas industry is undoubtedly one of the most hazardous industries in the entire country with more 349 severe injuries including 166 amputations reported during 2016 according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

    The American oil and gas industry is undoubtedly one of the most hazardous industries in the entire country with more 349 severe injuries including 166 amputations reported during 2016 according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration The US crude oil production reached an astonishing 11 million barrels per day (bpd) for the first time ever in July this year, coming in a very close second behind Russia’s 11.2 million bpd. As impressive as this increase in crude oil production may seem, it does come at a price: the substantial increase in accidents at the workplace. It is becoming increasingly important to have reliable and effective health and safety regulations in place that can minimize the prevalence of injury and even death while on the job.

    Safety-related injury lawsuits on the increase

    At the beginning of August this year, the distraught family of Timothy Lewing filed a mammoth lawsuit to the value of $150 million against Houston-based petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company, Occidental Petroleum.  The basis of the lawsuit: negligence and liability.  While working on a land-based rig situated near Midland, Texas, Lewing was hit on the head by a 30-pound bogie pad that fell from a height of more than 100 feet. The bogie pad was not effectively secured to the transfer truck due to the securing bolts being either sheared or completely missing. The bogie pad’s entire design pointed to danger with the wrong materials, lubricants, colors and processes utilized in its operation. Lewing, who was comatose for weeks, suffered severe brain damage and will now undoubtedly be in need of permanent medical treatment as well as constant supervision. So how How can safety be improved within the industry?


    Booming Permian Basin desperately needs workers to build highways

    For an oilman who's worked on the Gulf Coast, near the Russian Arctic and in Royal Dutch Shell Plc's headquarters in The Hague, being stuck in traffic on a dusty West Texas highway is not the stuff of dreams.

    FILE photo shows the county line sign at the eastern line of Loving county on Texas Highway 302.The GMC Yukon rented by Amir Gerges, general manager of Shell's operations in the Permian Basin, has crawled just four miles in the past hour. "That's probably a truck that rolled over that's causing this," Gerges said, speaking from weary experience.

    Turns out, it's just routine work on Highway 302, an 83-mile-long, often single-lane road that runs from Odessa, Texas, home to a variety of oilfield servicers, to Loving County, in the western part of the Permian. It's a stretch that saw traffic jump by 76 percent in 2017, and it's continued to rise this year.

    The delay helps Gerges prove a point: Roads, he said, not pipelines, geology or labor shortages, are the biggest long-term threat to sustainable growth in the Permian, the world's busiest shale oil field. "Almost everything you need at the wellhead is transported by road," Gerges said. "That's the one biggest challenge, not just Shell, everyone faces."


    Industry group says hurricanes bolster case for expanding offshore drilling

    Hurricane season is in full swing — and it's throwing into the spotlight an ongoing debate between industry and environmental groups over expanding offshore drilling.

    Tug boats transport the Hess Corp. Stampede tension leg oil platform towed from Kiewit Offshore Services Ltd. in Ingleside TexThe National Ocean Industries Association is pointing to hurricanes as a reason the United States should allow offshore drilling in areas beyond the Gulf of Mexico. Because most of the nation’s offshore drilling is concentrated in such a hurricane-prone region, the lobbying group that represents offshore energy companies warns the country is “rolling the dice” with natural disasters, which can jeopardize the country's oil supply if bad weather forces companies to shut down oil production and evacuate oil platforms.

    The group wants the Interior Department to expand oil production into the southeast Atlantic, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and off the coast of California and Alaska as part of the Trump administration's controversial proposal to open most of the nation's outer continental shelf to potential drilling. 


    Transocean's Dealmaking Activity Is A Sign Of Growing Confidence In The Offshore Recovery

    Earlier this month, Transocean announced that it planned to acquire offshore drilling contractor Ocean Rig in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $2.7 billion, as it looks to strengthen its ultra-deepwater fleet ahead of an anticipated recovery in the offshore drilling markets. The deal, which is subject to the approval of shareholders of both companies, comes just about nine months after the company completed its takeover of Songa Offshore, significantly adding to its fleet of harsh environment rigs. Below, we take a look at some of the trends driving the deal and what it could mean for Transocean.

    GSF Monarch mobile offshore drilling unitWe have also created an interactive dashboard analysis on What To Expect From Transocean in 2018 which you can use to arrive at your own revenue and EPS estimates for Transocean.

    How The Deal Benefits Transocean

    The deal will add a total of nine drillships and two harsh-environment semisubmersibles, which are currently much sought-after, to Transocean’s fleet. Ocean Rig also has two drillships that are presently under construction and due for delivery by 2020. Overall, the deal will boost Transocean’s fleet to 57 rigs, while strengthening its presence in important offshore markets including Brazil, West Africa, and Norway. The company’s contract backlog would increase by about $743 million, bringing the total to $12.5 billion. Ocean Rig has also carried out significant restructuring efforts, slashing its debt and cutting costs, which could make the company more viable for Transocean to run. Transocean has indicated that this deal could help the company better manage its costs per active rig, as it merges Ocean Rig’s operations into its existing structure with an incremental rise in shore-based expenses.


    The Most Dangerous Offshore Jobs: Five Risky Professions

    Working on an offshore oil and gas platform is considered one of the most dangerous careers. Dangerous offshore jobs are included in almost every list of hazardous professions and for good reason.

    Working on an offshore oil and gas platform is considered one of the riskiest careers to have. What are the most dangerous offshore jobs in the profession? The isolation, the extreme weather conditions, and the operating of heavy machinery for hours at a time can all take its toll, both physically and mentally.

    Not to mention the highly combustible nature of the product that means a small leak can turn into a devastating explosion like Deepwater Horizon or Piper Alpha, and claim the lives of several workers in an instant.

    It is no wonder that accidents, injuries and even fatalities have been frequently recorded on offshore platforms. Spinal injuries, brain injuries, severe burns, limb amputations, broken bones and toxic inhalations from chemicals are common injuries listed on various legal accident claims websites.

    Here are five of the most dangerous offshore jobs within one of the most perilous professions in the world.


    Oil Platform Explosion Inquiry Nears End 11 Months After Death In Lake Pontchartrain

    Eleven months after an oil-storage platform exploded in Lake Pontchartrain, injuring seven workers and leading to the death of an eighth, investigators are putting the finishing touches on their inquiry into what sparked the blast. The two lead investigators planned to meet this week and later to report their findings to their superiors, possibly before the first anniversary of the Oct. 15 tragedy, officials said.

    TA Clovelly Oil Co. platform is pictured in Lake Pontchartrain north of Kenner after the Oct. 15 2017 explosion and fire that injured seven workers and lead to the death of an eighth.he Jefferson Parish coroner's office said Monday (Sept. 10) it determined that Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, accidentally drowned in the incident. Morrison had been missing for five days before his body was found. The key question is what ignited the explosion and fire that left him in the water north of Kenner.

    The initial fuel for the fire was natural gas from a well that fed a pipeline to power the platform's electric generator. Crude oil residue also was present.

    Ignition might have come from a cigarette, friction, an electrical short or some other source. Investigators have ruled out lightning, Chief Dave Tibbetts of the East Bank Consolidated Fire Department said.

    At least seven local and federal agencies have been consulted in the inquiry, an unusual one for a fire department more accustomed to building and automobile fires. "This is an animal that we've never dealt with," fire prevention chief Eric Bacon said.


    Expected Oil Boom Could Be Big For Small Communities

    With offshore oil production on the verge of a comeback, small communities with strong industry ties like Sabine Pass are looking to benefit from a pending and hoped-for boom.

    The Atlantis 7 drilling platform in Sabine Pass on Friday. With a 25000 foot drilling reach the platform is undergoing final inspections and expected to return to operation soonAs the price of oil has increased and stabilized, Gus Angulo said he believes offshore drilling will grow based on basic economic theory.

    "More supply, more demand," said Angulo, a mechanical engineer on the Atlantic 7 Rig.

    The offshore drilling rig, located in Sabine Pass and owned by Atlantic Drilling Inc., is set to head for the Gulf of Mexico in about six months. It will join approximately 70 other rigs operating in the Gulf, Angulo said.

    The price of crude oil has been hovering around a relatively healthy $68 per barrel.

    When prices are down, fewer companies send rigs offshore because of the smaller profit margins, he said.

    Although consumers see fuel prices rise at the pump, Angulo said that for workers in the industry, "the higher, the better ... the whole economy goes up."


    I Saved A Fellow Riggers Life Offshore Thanks To Simple First Aid

    Robbie learned his first aid skills through his work.

    Robbie learned his first aid skills through his work.When Robbie McLellan heard a colleague shouting out for the oil rig medic's number, he immediately ran to the room next door where he could hear the noise.

    His colleague Terry had collapsed on the floor of the locker room. His face was turning purple and he had stopped breathing.

    Robbie from Irvine had always worried about how he would react if he was ever faced with an emergency situation like this.

    He had been on the scene both times his father had a cardiac arrest, the second of which sadly led to his death, and had lived with a phobia for years about witnessing another life-threatening situation.

    Having been trained in first aid as a part of his job, Robbie would often hear his fellow colleagues offshore saying that training kicks in when put in a position where quick thinking action is crucial.

    He always doubted this would be the case for him, but when he saw his colleague in need of help and knew he had the ability to help with first aid, his instincts took over and his learning gave him the skills and confidence to help.

    "The training did kick in," the 47-year-old says. "I remembered what to do.


    Proposal would settle Chesapeake lawsuit for $6.95 million

    A proposed $6.95 million settlement has been filed to end a class-action lawsuit alleging Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy co-founders Aubrey McClendon and Tom Ward conspired to rig bids on leases for land to explore for oil and natural gas in northwestern Oklahoma and southwestern Kansas.

    ExChesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon Killed in Crash Following Indictment.The proposal filed late Wednesday in federal court calls for thousands of people in Oklahoma and Kansas to share in the settlement proceeds, and said it comes after two mediation sessions conducted earlier this year by a retired federal judge in Oklahoma City.

    "By reaching a favorable settlement at this time, Plaintiffs seek to avoid significant expense and delay, and instead ensure a favorable recovery for the class as soon as possible, and without the need to incur millions of litigation expense and the uncertainty of a better recovery down the road," according to the proposal.