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    West Virginia: XTO Natural Gas Well In Powhatan Point Remains Uncapped

    Many of the residents who were evacuated from their homes after an explosion a week ago at the XTO Energy Schnegg well pad near Captina Creek are now permitted to return home, but they are delaying moving back to their homes until the well is capped.

    XTO Energy Well Pad Explosion Near Powhatan Point Prompts EvacuationWhen the explosion occurred Feb. 15, close to 100 people were evacuated from 30 homes within a 1-mile radius of the pad. XTO housed them at four hotels in Wheeling, Moundsville and St. Clairsville. XTO spokeswoman Karen Matusic added that the evacuation zone has been reduced from 1 mile around the site to 1/2 mile; that means only four homes that were occupied and one that was unoccupied remain within the mandatory evacuation zone.

    “They’ve all been cleared to go back, but until the well is capped all of them have opted to stay out of their homes and not spend the night there. They’ve all been back to their homes. We’ve taken meter readings of the air. Everything’s fine,” Matusic said of residents whose homes lie in the outer half-mile. “They’ve all been back to do the inspection, but they’ve just decided they would prefer to stay out until the well is capped.”

    Matusic added that electrical power has been restored to the area, and XTO is also offering to replace appliance losses that occurred during the outage.

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    Oil Worker Killed On Talos Energy Platform In U.S. Gulf Of Mexico

    An oil and gas worker on a Talos Energy platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico was killed on Saturday while replacing piping, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Tuesday.

    Thirdparty construction worker killed  in an area of the Gulf of Mexico known as West Cameron 215A about 64 miles south of Lake Charles Louisiana (Photo gCaptain.com)The worker was injured while removing out-of-service fire suppression equipment and later died as a result of the injuries. The company has not publicly identified the deceased worker.

    No other personnel were injured and there was no fire or release as a result of the accident, Talos said in a statement.

    The Houston-based company said it has initiated an investigation and was working with regulators in its review of the accident, which occurred about 64 miles (103 km) south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The platform was being operated by Energy Resource Technology GOM LLC, a Talos subsidiary.

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    Lawsuit Filed Against Several Oil Companies After Engineer Says She Was Secretly Recorded

    A civil lawsuit against several large oil companies with Houston ties for allegedly failing to act when a female drill rig engineer discovered a spy cam in her room is one step closer to a jury trial.

    Woman secretly recorded while on Transocean rigA Louisiana woman, identified only as 'Jane Doe' is suing Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, BHP Billiton Petroleum and Schlumberger Technology Corporation. During a hearing today, a judge ruled the case for punitive damages against the three companies can move forward, but removed Aramark Services, a company contracted for cleaning on the rig, from the suit. 

    "Jane" had only been working and living on the rig for for three days in August 2015 when she noticed a clothing hook on her door that wasn't there before.

    "The rooms are pretty bare and minimum so when you notice something different it sticks out to you," she said in a phone interview with CNN in April 2016. 

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    Another Serious Patterson UTI Accident In Oklahoma

    Firefighters pulled a worker from an oil rig near Ash and Richland Road in northwest Piedmont Sunday evening.

    Serious Patterson UTI Accident In OklahomaThe Piedmont Fire Chief told News 9 that a pipe fell injuring an employee.

    The worker was transported to a trauma center in Oklahoma City with serious injuries.

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    After 5 Decades, Noble Energy Exits Gulf For Inlands Shale Fields

    Noble Energy has become the latest in a string of oil and gas companies to exit the Gulf of Mexico.

    The Thunderhawk platform produces oil from Noble Energy’s Big Bend field in the Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles southeast of Port FourchonThe exploration and production company says it will sell its Gulf assets to Fieldwood Energy, also based in Houston, for about $710 million.

    Noble officials say they will use money from the sale to repurchase company stock, raising its value to shareholders.

    The company, which has worked in the Gulf about 50 years, including more than 20 in deepwater areas, says it will focus its efforts on inland shale fields, where break-even costs are lower.

    “The sale of our Gulf of Mexico business represents the last major step in our portfolio transformation,” David Stover, Noble president and CEO, said in a news release Thursday. “This has been done to focus our go-forward efforts on those assets that will rapidly grow our cash flows and margins, primarily the U.S. onshore business and the Eastern Mediterranean.

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  • West Virginia: XTO Natural Gas Well In Powhatan Point Remains Uncapped

    Many of the residents who were evacuated from their homes after an explosion a week ago at the XTO Energy Schnegg well pad near Captina Creek are now permitted to return home, but they are delaying moving back to their homes until the well is capped.

    XTO Energy Well Pad Explosion Near Powhatan Point Prompts EvacuationWhen the explosion occurred Feb. 15, close to 100 people were evacuated from 30 homes within a 1-mile radius of the pad. XTO housed them at four hotels in Wheeling, Moundsville and St. Clairsville. XTO spokeswoman Karen Matusic added that the evacuation zone has been reduced from 1 mile around the site to 1/2 mile; that means only four homes that were occupied and one that was unoccupied remain within the mandatory evacuation zone.

    “They’ve all been cleared to go back, but until the well is capped all of them have opted to stay out of their homes and not spend the night there. They’ve all been back to their homes. We’ve taken meter readings of the air. Everything’s fine,” Matusic said of residents whose homes lie in the outer half-mile. “They’ve all been back to do the inspection, but they’ve just decided they would prefer to stay out until the well is capped.”

    Matusic added that electrical power has been restored to the area, and XTO is also offering to replace appliance losses that occurred during the outage.

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    Oil Worker Killed On Talos Energy Platform In U.S. Gulf Of Mexico

    An oil and gas worker on a Talos Energy platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico was killed on Saturday while replacing piping, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Tuesday.

    Thirdparty construction worker killed  in an area of the Gulf of Mexico known as West Cameron 215A about 64 miles south of Lake Charles Louisiana (Photo gCaptain.com)The worker was injured while removing out-of-service fire suppression equipment and later died as a result of the injuries. The company has not publicly identified the deceased worker.

    No other personnel were injured and there was no fire or release as a result of the accident, Talos said in a statement.

    The Houston-based company said it has initiated an investigation and was working with regulators in its review of the accident, which occurred about 64 miles (103 km) south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The platform was being operated by Energy Resource Technology GOM LLC, a Talos subsidiary.

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    Lawsuit Filed Against Several Oil Companies After Engineer Says She Was Secretly Recorded

    A civil lawsuit against several large oil companies with Houston ties for allegedly failing to act when a female drill rig engineer discovered a spy cam in her room is one step closer to a jury trial.

    Woman secretly recorded while on Transocean rigA Louisiana woman, identified only as 'Jane Doe' is suing Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, BHP Billiton Petroleum and Schlumberger Technology Corporation. During a hearing today, a judge ruled the case for punitive damages against the three companies can move forward, but removed Aramark Services, a company contracted for cleaning on the rig, from the suit. 

    "Jane" had only been working and living on the rig for for three days in August 2015 when she noticed a clothing hook on her door that wasn't there before.

    "The rooms are pretty bare and minimum so when you notice something different it sticks out to you," she said in a phone interview with CNN in April 2016. 

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    Another Serious Patterson UTI Accident In Oklahoma

    Firefighters pulled a worker from an oil rig near Ash and Richland Road in northwest Piedmont Sunday evening.

    Serious Patterson UTI Accident In OklahomaThe Piedmont Fire Chief told News 9 that a pipe fell injuring an employee.

    The worker was transported to a trauma center in Oklahoma City with serious injuries.

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    After 5 Decades, Noble Energy Exits Gulf For Inlands Shale Fields

    Noble Energy has become the latest in a string of oil and gas companies to exit the Gulf of Mexico.

    The Thunderhawk platform produces oil from Noble Energy’s Big Bend field in the Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles southeast of Port FourchonThe exploration and production company says it will sell its Gulf assets to Fieldwood Energy, also based in Houston, for about $710 million.

    Noble officials say they will use money from the sale to repurchase company stock, raising its value to shareholders.

    The company, which has worked in the Gulf about 50 years, including more than 20 in deepwater areas, says it will focus its efforts on inland shale fields, where break-even costs are lower.

    “The sale of our Gulf of Mexico business represents the last major step in our portfolio transformation,” David Stover, Noble president and CEO, said in a news release Thursday. “This has been done to focus our go-forward efforts on those assets that will rapidly grow our cash flows and margins, primarily the U.S. onshore business and the Eastern Mediterranean.

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    5 Killed, 10 Injured In Blast On ONGC Drill Ship At Cochin Shipyard

    The bodies recovered have been identified as that of two firemen, two contract labourers and a supervisor. At least three people are reported to be trapped inside the ship and efforts are on to evacuate them.

    Cochin Shipyard in Kerala is engaged in shipbuilding and repairs the largest vessels in IndiaAt least five people died and seven others were injured after a blast on board an under-repair drilling ship at the Cochin Shipyard in Kerala on Tuesday.

    The explosion occurred in the water-tank of the ship Sagar Bhushan, owned by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), and was triggered by a gas leak, said Madhu Nair, chairman and managing director of the shipyard. He also ruled out any foul play. The state-owned ONGC put the time of the blast at 9.15am.

    “Ship repair is one of the most dangerous jobs and we do take enough safety procedures. Despite strong measures it is sad such a tragedy took place. It seems to be a freak accident and we don’t see sabotage angle in the mishap,” the CMD said. The cause of the explosion is being ascertained, ONGC added in a statement.

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    Special Report: Dangers In The Oilfield

    The oil and gas industry impacts nearly every person on the planet and the Permian Basin is at the center of it all.

    Dangers of the oilfieldIn West Texas, the lucrative industry brings a lot to the Basin, but there are also potential dangers of life in the oilfield.

    "In West Texas, it's all about the oilfield," Midland resident Jazmin Reyes said.

    Pump jacks for days, rigs towering over the Permian Basin, trucks carrying loads of oilfield equipment - just another day in West Texas.

    For those who live in the Permian Basin, it's their backyard and for many, their bread and butter.

    "The number one money maker out here is the oil," Reyes said.

    Midland County reigns supreme in oil production. A 2017 report by the Texas Railroad Commission shows the county produced nearly seven million barrels of oil in May.

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    Patterson-UTI Reports Profit As Oklahoma Rig Explosion Investigation Continues

    Houston driller and fracker Patterson-UTI Energy reported quarterly profits Thursday, while expressing concerns for the loss of five lives from a January explosion at one of its rigs in Oklahoma.

    PattersonUTI APEXXK 1500 oil rig drill. Tuesday May 9 2017 near College Station.Patterson-UTI posted a $195 million quarterly profit versus a $78 million loss during the final three months of 2016. That new profit is buoyed almost entirely by more than $200 million in benefits from the revaluation of deferred taxes from the new U.S. tax law.

    The company's quarterly revenues of $787 million more than tripled from $247 million a year prior. Patterson-UTI is now bringing in more revenues from pressure pumping, which includes the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of wells, than from its historic strengths in drilling. The company is continuing to add new fracking crews to keep up with demand.

    But much of the focus remains on the investigation into the January explosion. Three of those killed were Patterson-UTI employees, while the other two worked for small Oklahoma contractors.

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    Worker Killed As Drilling Rig Moved At Northern Alberta Oilsands Site

    A Cenovus worker is dead after an incident involving a hauling truck Tuesday night at a northeastern Alberta oilsands site.

    Cenovuss Christina Lake project in northern AlbertaThe worker was killed at the Christina Lake site, about 150 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray, Cenovus said in a statement on Wednesday.

    The worker was fatally injured around 10:30 p.m. while a drilling rig was being moved on site, Cenovus said.

    The identity of the worker has not been released. The deceased was employed by one of Cenovus's third-party contracting companies.

    Calgary-based Cenovus said it has notified the appropriate authorities and is conducting a full investigation into the incident.

    No further details were provided by the company. 

    "We extend our deepest sympathies to the worker's family, friends and co-workers," reads a statement from Cenovus.

    Brett Harris, a Cenovus spokesman, says the drill rig site has been shut down for an investigation.

    Christina Lake, about 350 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, is a steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAG-D) operation which first began production in 2002.

    Source:CBC

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    Texas-Blowout Near Yorktown, No Injuries

    Crews under the employ of EOG Resources managed to regain control of a potentially dangerous situation last week. 

    Crews under the employ of EOG Resources managed to regain control of a potentially dangerous situation last weekLate in the afternoon on January 26, a workover crew performing operations on the well located off of Leo Nelson Road lost control of the well. A well control company was called in, butthe well was not capped until January 30 around 11am. Creighto Welch with EOG Resources’ Government Relations and Communications office informed the News-View that all employess were present and accounted for, and that no fire ever broke out. 

    From the road, crews could be observed jetting water into the emissions from the well to help prevent ignition. The cleanup phase of this incident could be quite expensive and time consuming, as oil, mud and water could be seen in aerial photographs of the site.

    A seperate incident on January 24 sent a tanker driver to the hospital with burns after a fire started on a well pad in Hobson, North of Runge.

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    OSHA Investigates Oilfield Fatality Near Williston North Dakota

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an incident that killed a worker last week at an oil site east of Williston.

    Jared Rizzo (Facebook)Jared Rizzo, 23, an employee of Wisco Inc., died Thursday from his injuries after being struck by a falling traveling block on a workover rig, said Eric Brooks, director of the Bismarck Area OSHA office.

    A spokesperson for OSHA says that the victim was struck while tripping out pipe at the time of the incident.

    The last time OSHA investigated an oilfield fatality in North Dakota was January 2017.

    A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family with burial expenses

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    Montana- Work-Over Rig Explosion Kills Baker man

    A man was killed Thursday morning when the oil rig on which he was working exploded north of Baker.

    Chad TronstadChad Tronstad, 39, of Baker, died when the work-over rig experienced a "pressurized explosion," said Fallon County Sheriff Trenton Harbaugh.

    The explosion happened at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday at an oil rig north of town. Harbaugh said officials are actively investigating the incident.

    Harbaugh couldn't remember the last time the county dealt with an oil rig explosion.

    "It's been a while," he said. 

    One other person was injured and taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

    Funeral services for Chad are pending with Stevenson Funeral Home.

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    Officials Investigating Human Remains Found At Oklahoma Drilling Rig Site As Homicide

    Officials say they are still working to determine how human remains ended up near a drilling rig site in McClain County.

    Human remains found at Oklahoma drilling site.Around 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, an oil field worker called 911 to report finding human remains near a rig site around I-35 and Hwy 59, near Wayne.

    Investigators said the remains appear to have been at the scene for quite some time.

    McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett told News 4 on Friday that crews will be processing the scene for the next day or so.

    Currently, Hewett says they are investigating the case as a homicide because of the circumstances surrounding the remains.

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    U.S. Oil Output Hits 10 Million Barrels For 1st Time In Decades

    U.S. oil production surged above 10 million barrels a day for the first time in four decades, another marker of a profound shift in global crude markets.

    Precision Drilling oil rig operators install a bit guide on the floor of a Royal Dutch Shell Plc oil rig near Mentone Texas U.S.The milestone comes weeks after the International Energy Agency said the U.S. is poised for "explosive" growth in oil output that would push it past Saudi Arabia and Russia this year. New drilling and production techniques have opened up billions of barrels of recoverable U.S. oil in shale rock formations in the past 10 years, reversing decades of declining output and turning the nation into an exporter.

    The news comes after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries decided last year to extend an agreement with several non-OPEC members to curb output in response to a global supply glut fed in part by shale. That agreement was finally showing signs of working, with prices emerging from a three-year downturn. After falling near $26 a barrel in 2016, the global benchmark oil price climbed above $70 a barrel in January, and the U.S. price is following suit. Increasing output from the U.S. may threaten that rising price.

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    Chevron, Total Announce New Gulf Of Mexico Discovery

    Chevron and Paris-based Total said Wednesday they've made a major oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico southeast of New Orleans.

    Independence (Anadarko) Depth: 8000 feetThe so-called Ballymore prospect is about 75 miles from the Louisiana coast in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf. Total is already calling it the company's largest Gulf discovery.

    Chevron, which owns a controlling 60 percent stake in the partnership, said oil was struck at nearly 30,000 feet in a well that's already showing strong production characteristics. Chevron and Total said they're assessing the discovery to determine how to proceed.

    The Gulf of Mexico is just beginning to show signs of returning to life for the energy sector after a prolonged downturn from the oil bust that began in late 2014.

    "The Gulf of Mexico deepwater is an integral part of our company's long-term strategy," said Jeff Shellebarger, president of Chevron's North American exploration and production. "This discovery is an important addition to our portfolio, especially with its combination of size, quality and proximity to existing infrastructure."

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