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    Greenpeace Activists Halt BP's North Sea Oil Rig

    Greenpeace activists said on Sunday they halted the progress of an oil rig destined for BP Plc’s North Sea exploration program off the coast of Scotland.


    Permian Basin Continues To Grapple With Drug, Alcohol Abuse

    The Permian Basin continues to exceed state and even national rates of growth, and unfortunately that also applies to drug and alcohol abuse.

    According to Drug Screen Compliance the positive rate for drug tests is 18 percent twice the national rate of 9 percent. These tests were positive for a combination of marijuana cocaine and opiates.Rhonda Murphy, office manager in the Midland office of Drug Screen Compliance, said that the positivity rate for drug tests nationwide is 9 percent. But in the Permian Basin, it's 18 percent.

    She said marijuana is the most frequent to show up in positive tests, followed by cocaine. Methamphetamines and opiates trade the third and fourth spots, she said.

    Nationwide, the positivity rate has soared 51 percent, but Murphy explained that was because the U.S. Department of Transportation added new screening panels for oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone.

    In the thriving Permian Basin, Murphy speculated that some truck drivers may use drugs to help them navigate long hours and many consecutive days at work, so they can earn overtime. But then, she said, the script flips so they're working overtime to earn money to buy drugs.


    Petition To Move Oil Rig Lawsuit To Mexico Denied

    An appeals court has denied a petition to move a lawsuit to Mexico that was brought against an oil rig manufacturer involved in a fatal accident it is accused of causing. 

    File PhotoAccording to the May 9 filing, Friede & Goldman, Ltd. and ABS Entities petitioned the Texas First Court of Appeals for a writ of mandamus and asked the court to grant its motion to dismiss the underlying lawsuit for forum non convenience. 

    Friede & Goldman and ABS Entities stated the court “abused its discretion by denying their joint motion to dismiss because Texas is an inconvenient forum for the lawsuit,” according to the filing. FGL and ABS Entities made a motion for dismissal on the grounds that the “suit should be dismissed for refiling in a court in Mexico. The trial court denied the motion without explanation,” according to the filing. 

    The lawsuit was filed by 44 plaintiffs in Harris County District Court after the oil rig Troll Solution, known as a “jack-up rig,” listed and fell beneath the water’s surface while employees were working on an offshore oil well in the Bay of Campeche, according to the filing. One worker died and 41 of the plaintiffs were onboard during the incident.


    Maersk Drilling To Launch First Hybrid, Low-Emission Rig

    Maersk Drilling will launch its first hybrid, low-emission rig. Combining hybrid power, data intelligence and cleaning technology, the Maersk Intrepid will push the boundaries for low-emission drilling on conventionally powered offshore rigs.

    Maersk Intrepid.A new technological standard for low-emission drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. This is Maersk Drilling’s ambitious target for the ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig Maersk Intrepid, which is entering a series of upgrades to convert it to a hybrid rig with low levels of NOx emissions, adding data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The upgrades are being carried out in cooperation with Maersk Intrepid’s current customer, Equinor, which has introduced compensation formats to stimulate emission reductions.

    “The Maersk Intrepid project is the result of asking a simple yet challenging question: What would be the most efficient technological approach to minimizing emissions from a rig in the short term? The resulting ideas have been very positively received by Equinor and will contribute to Equinor’s long-term emission targets. It should be noted that the upgrades will not only produce a low-emission profile for the rig; they will also result in cost savings for our customer due to lower energy consumption, so this is business and low-emission targets working hand in hand,” says CCIO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.


    API Endorses Revisions To Well Control Rule

    The release last week of revisions to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Well Control Rule is, according to the American Petroleum Institute, a part of an ongoing effort that has strengthened industry’s actions on safe operations and a regulatory framework that promotes updated, modern, and safe technologies, industry best practices, and operations.

    Deepwater Horizon BOP extraction“This revised well control rule will help to further manage risks and better protect workers and the environment,” said API’s Vice President of Upstream and Industry Operations, Erik Milito. “The revision strengthens the rule and enhances a robust regulatory framework to ensure updated, modern, and safe technologies, best practices, and operations.

    “The safety of our workers, our operations and our communities, along with protection of the environment, is the oil and natural gas industry’s number one priority. Offshore production delivers billions of dollars to the federal treasury and has created thousands upon thousands of jobs throughout the Gulf Coast as well as in states far removed from production activities, where American families and state budgets depend on reliable and abundant energy sources to meet consumer demand and to drive the economy.”


    Dog Rescued By Oil Rig Crew After Found Swimming 135 Miles Offshore

    A dog found swimming more than 135 miles from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land.

    A dog found swimming more than 135 miles from shore by an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand was returned safely to land.A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Vitisak Payalaw, said on his Facebook page that they saw the dog last Friday swimming toward the platform. He said they were lucky to spot it because if there had been waves it probably would not have been visible.

    The dog made it to the platform, clinging to the support structure below deck without barking or whimpering, Vitisak wrote.

    The crew managed to lower a rope and secure it around the dog's neck and haul it up. Vitisak said they speculated the dog might have fallen off a fishing trawler, and dubbed it "Boon Rod," or "Survivor."

    The dog was delivered by boat Monday to the southern port of Songkhla and was declared in good shape after being taken to the animal protection group Watchdog Thailand.

    Vitisak said if the dog was unclaimed, he would like to take it to his home in northeast Thailand.

    Source: USA Today


    Drilling Company Dismissed From Lawsuit Over Explosion

    Attorneys for the wife of an Oklahoma man killed in a January 2018 drilling rig explosion dismissed one of the companies she is suing for his wrongful death.

    Fire at the Pryor Trust 0718 gas well in Pittsburg County.Dianna Waldridge’s attorney dismissed negligence claims March 28 against Houston-based Patterson-UTI after reaching a settlement with the company.

    Her husband, Parker Waldridge, and four others were killed in the explosion, which occurred at the Pryor Trust Gas Well near Quinton, Oklahoma.

    At the time of the explosion, Patterson-UTI directed drilling operations and Red Mountain Energy was the leaseholder and operator of the well.

    Waldridge’s lawyer, Michael Lyons, said he cannot comment on the settlement, but the lawsuit will be aggressively pursued against defendant Red Mountain Energy.

    “My client is happy that the case has been resolved against Patterson,” Lyons said. “It would be nice for these families to be able to put this horrific tragedy behind them.”

    Lyons said any possible settlement with the remaining defendants is up to them.

    “We believe that we’ve brought a lot of attention to this tragedy and it’s important that nothing like this ever happen again. Our focus is going to be shifted to the defendants that remain in the case,” Lyons said.

    The explosion and a subsequent fire occurred Jan. 22, 2018 as the rig crew removed the drill pipe from the well. When the drill pipe was lifted, mud blew upward from the well, and mud and gas from the well caught on fire.


    Suspect Shot By Mountie On Central Alberta Oilfield Site

    The province’s police watchdog is investigating after a Sylvan Lake RCMP officer shot and injured a suspect in central Alberta on Saturday.

    An Alberta Mountie is facing charges in Whistler.A media release from Alberta RCMP on Sunday states that police responded to an oilfield site in Eckville, Alta. at about 8:15 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a possible stolen battery.

    Arriving at the scene, an officer discovered a male suspect asleep in a truck, with a sledgehammer and a can of bear spray next to him on the front seat.

    According to the RCMP, the officer put out a spike belt and waited for backup.

    But then the officer and the suspect got into a “confrontation”, and the officer ended up firing his gun, RCMP said. The suspect was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    RCMP said the officer was not injured, and that the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) — which investigates serious police incidents that result in injury or death — has taken over the investigation.

    ASIRT confirmed it is investigating an officer-involved shooting via social media.

    Eckville is about 50 km west of Red Deer.

    Source: Edmonton Journal


    Baby Beaver Rescued By Oil Rig Workers

    An orphaned beaver is getting a second chance at life thanks to some oil rig workers and a wildlife organization.

    Baby Beaver rescue In OklahomaThe workers found the beaver after spotting two deceased adult beavers dead on the side of the road.

    “They were compassionate enough to stop and make sure that the animals really were deceased, and they found the baby with them,” said Rondi Large of WildCare Oklahoma.

    Staffers at Wildcare in Noble, Oklahoma are nursing the little guy back to health.

    He’s been given a makeshift lodge with a teddy bear to cuddle, medications to fight respiratory issues, and his own watery playpen.

    He’s also being bottle fed formulated beaver milk, which is high in fat and helping in his recovery.

    The next step will be moving him to a new, large outdoor swim area where he’ll be able to socialize with other beavers.

    He’ll be released in the next year or two after proving he’s ready.

    “It takes a long time for beavers to mature,” said Large. “Before they release, they have to show me adult behaviors.”

    Large says the baby beaver’s mother likely evacuated him from his lodge after it was destroyed or bulldozed, as adolescents are too buoyant to get out, or under water, on their own.

    Source: NewsCenter1


    Federal Judge Demands Trump Administration Reveal How Its drilling Plans Will Fuel Climate Change

    The ruling temporarily blocks drilling on 300,000 acres of leases in Wyoming.

    Federal Leases Facing Climate Change LawsuitA federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing to take into account the climate impact of its oil and gas leasing in the West.

    The decision by U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras of Washington could force the Trump administration to account for the full climate impact of its energy-dominance agenda, and it could signal trouble for the president’s plan to boost fossil fuel production across the country. Contreras concluded that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management “did not sufficiently consider climate change” when making decisions to auction off federal land in Wyoming to oil and gas drilling under President Barack Obama in 2015 and 2016. The judge temporarily blocked drilling on about 300,000 acres of land in the state.

    The initial ruling in the case, brought by the advocacy groups WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility, has implications for oil and gas drilling on federal land throughout the West. In the decision, Contreras — an Obama appointee — faulted the agency’s environmental assessments as inadequate because they did not detail how individual drilling projects contribute to the nation’s overall carbon output. Since greenhouse gas emissions are driving climate change, the judge wrote, these analyses did not provide policymakers and the public with a sufficient understanding of drilling’s impact, as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

    “Given the national, cumulative nature of climate change, considering each individual drilling project in a vacuum deprives the agency and the public of the context necessary to evaluate oil and gas drilling on federal land before irretrievably committing to that drilling,” he wrote.


    Two Workers Hospitalized Following Wyoming Oil Well Explosion

    Two oil field workers were transported to the hospital Wednesday morning after an oil well reportedly exploded, engulfing a pickup truck and hot oil tanker in flames.

    Stock ImageFire department personnel responded to the site, which was located near the Van Buggenum and T Chair Roads south of Gillette off of  U.S. Highway 50.

    The oil tanker was still hooked up to the well. Firefighters stopped the flow of oil and extinguished the fire, according to a press release from the Campbell County Fire Department.

    Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds advised that the explosion struck one worker, a 24-year-old male, head on, causing injuries to his face and hands.

    Another worker, a 23-year-old male, was hospitalized for heavy coughing and uncontrollable shaking following the blast.

    Reynolds said that, due to the remote location, the landowner responded to the scene and transported both injured men to a location accessible by EMS.

    Both males were transported to Campbell County Health.

    At this time, the extent of their injuries are unknown, as is the cause of the fire.


    Man Killed By Falling Pipe At Well Site

    An Indiana County man was killed yesterday when a pipe reportedly fell on him at a gas well drilling site in North Beaver Township.

    A STAT Medevac helicopter waits while emergency responders tend to the victim of an accident yesterday morning at Hilcorp Energys North BeaverKephart site on Mount Jackson Road.The man has been identified as 60-year-old Leonard Clair Long Jr. of Glen Campbell, Pa.

    Emergency officials did not know late yesterday the name of the company for which Long was working, but said he was not an employee of Hilcorp Energy, which runs the drilling operation at the site.

    Deputy coroner Alfred DeCarbo said reports were that Long and other workers were securing a load of sections of steel and drilling equipment onto a truck when two of the pipes fell and one struck him in the chest. He estimated the pipe to weigh between 1,200 to 1,500 pounds.

    A state police news report said Long was standing next to the truck on the ground when he was hit. No other injuries were reported.

    North Beaver fire Chief Paul Henry said they received a call around 11 a.m. that a pipe had fallen on a man at the well site.


    Oilfield Company Didn't Tell Mother When Son Was Killed On The Job

     GoFundMe page to help with Anthony's burial costs

    A mother is looking for answers after her son’s sudden death. Anthony Lara was on a work site when he was killed by an explosion last Monday.

    PETROPLEXHis mother, Mara Lara, says she knew nothing about what happened until a funeral home called her, and said they had her son's body.

    “I was in disbelief,” Lara said. “I was like ‘No it can’t be. No one’s called me,’ and the man at the funeral home said ‘No one has called you? I’m surprised nobody has called you.’”

    Lara said Anthony left their home in San Antonio to pursue his dream career as a welder. She said his plan was to get some experience working in the Permian Basin, before going back home.

    “I’m just devastated,” Lara sobbed. “He was such a good kid. He was my world.”

    Anthony worked for Petroplex Pipe and Construction. Mara said all the details she knows about her son’s death she learned from the news, and the company hasn’t told her anything.


    Two Dead, Four Injured In ONGC Fire Incident At Ahmedabad

    The official further added that ONGC’s fire and emergency service personnel were on standby and initiated action after back up from the AFES arrived.

    File PhotoA fire incident at ONGC’s well near Ahmedabad last night resulted in the death of two contractual workers and left four other severely injured, the oil and gas firm said in a statement on Thursday.

    “While Sanjay Mahendra Singh, 25, was brought dead, Shahjad Alam Ansari, 27, succumbed to the injury at 0700 hours today. Four other contractual workers who were afflicted with severe burn injuries are being treated at a nearby hospital in Ahmedabad,” ONGC said.

    A senior official of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) told ETEnergyWorld that while the reasons behind the accident are being looked into, preliminary analysis show that an initial blast led to flammable liquid in the area catching fire.

    The official further added that ONGC’s fire and emergency service personnel were on standby and initiated action after back up from the AFES arrived.


    Precision Drilling Worker Killed In Northern Alberta Drilling Rig Incident

    Alberta Occupational Health and Safety is investigating after a 31-year-old man was killed in a workplace incident in the northern part of the province Sunday night.

    A file photo of an Alberta Occupational Health and Safety officer.In a news release issued on Monday, the RCMP said its officers and other emergency crews were called to an incident at a worksite about 60 kilometres south of Grande Prairie.

    Police said the man died of his injuries after he was “struck by heavy machinery during worksite operations” at a site near Wapiti Road.

    OHS said the fatal incident happened at a drilling rig site at around 9:30 a.m. The employer is Precision Drilling.

    OHS has not issued any orders.

    Source: Global News