A few weeks ago, a man walked into Command Center, a temporary labor and staffing service in downtown Dickinson, and said he needed a job after being laid off from a high-paying position on an oil rig.The man said he'd only work for $35 an hour, needed a minimum of 50 hours guaranteed each week, and wanted his housing paid for along with a $150 a day per diem.
After realizing the man wasn't joking, staffing specialist Rena Olheiser responded in the kindest manner she could muster.
"Well good luck with that," she said with a smile.
Federal Agency Resolves Lawsuit Alleging Employer Tolerated Discrimination on Drilling Rigs, Punished Victims for Complaining
Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC, a Snyder, Texas-based multistate oil drilling company, will pay $14.5 million and furnish other relief to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and to resolve several cases through separate conciliation agreements, the agency announced today. The EEOC charged the company with race and national origin discrimination, harassment and retaliation at its facilities throughout the country.
Halliburton Company warned of pricing pressure for its oilfield services in North America, its largest market, and challenges in its international operations, as an extended slump in oil prices continues to force drillers to slash spending.
The company posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Monday, helped by higher revenue and operating income from Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
However, revenue and profit from all other regions fell due to the global slump in oil prices LCOc1 CLc1, which have nearly halved since peaking last June.
U.S. crude explorers idled rigs for an unprecedented 19th straight week, bringing drilling in America’s oil fields to the lowest level since November 2010.
Rigs targeting oil in the U.S. fell by 26 to 734, the Houston-based field services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday. Producers idled nine in the Mississippian of Oklahoma and Kansas, the steepest decline of all major oil plays. The Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico, the nation’s biggest oil field, dropped five.
The six-month retreat in oil drilling is bringing the U.S. shale boom to a halt, with crude production falling twice in three weeks and the government projecting a decline in output from tight-rock formations next month. The country has lost more than half of its oil rigs since October as drillers cut spending and let go of thousands of workers following the worst collapse in prices since 2009.
Schlumberger Ltd., the world’s largest oilfield services provider, will eliminate an additional 11,000 positions in a sign the industry will undergo another round of job cuts as a result of tumbling crude prices.
The latest announced reductions bring the company’s total to 20,000, making its workforce about 15 percent smaller than it was during the third quarter of 2014. Schlumberger had announced plans in January to eliminate 9,000 positions, in what was then the single largest cut in the industry.
Energy producers who rely on service providers are estimated to cut spending $114 billion this year, according to Cowen & Co. Worldwide, the industry had announced about 100,000 job cuts after Brent crude prices fell by half from a June high. While Schlumberger and its competitors were the first to bear the brunt of cutbacks after the drop in oil prices, explorers and producers could begin making deeper job cuts, said Rob Desai, an analyst at Edward Jones in St. Louis.
Like many other oil-field workers, Chris Sabulsky spent years working a schedule known as "14 on, 14 off:" two weeks at an oil or gas well somewhere followed by another 14 days at home in East Texas, fishing for bass and crappie.
But now Mr. Sabulsky, 48 years old, is spending his days sending out résumés, calling acquaintances to see if they know of job openings, and pondering his future. His job managing hydraulic-fracturing, or fracking, operations at well sites evaporated in February after the oil-price plunge last year. Fracking, which uses water, chemicals and sand to free oil and gas from shale formations, has been a crucial factor in the U.S. energy boom.
"What we have to do is rebudget ourselves, re-educate ourselves, reinvent ourselves," Mr. Sabulsky said by telephone from his home in Tyler, Texas.
This blog post provided information that NIOSH received from several sources indicating that acute exposures to hydrocarbon gas and vapors likely played a role in the deaths of at least four workers in the oil and gas extraction industry. The four workers were employed in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana. Specific activities the workers had in common at the time of death included manual tank gauging of production tanks or transferring production fluids at the well site.
Since the time of the original blog posting, NIOSH researchers, along with officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and members of the academic community, have continued to investigate these and other reports of worker deaths associated with manual tank gauging and sampling operations in the oil and gas extraction industry. Through this investigation, NIOSH researchers have now identified nine fatalities of oil and gas extraction workers from January 2010 to December 2014 associated with tank gauging or sampling. The degree of detailed information about each case varies but all have in common manually gauging or sampling production tanks at oil and gas well sites. Additionally, the possibility of death caused by exposures to hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas commonly found in oil and gas formations, was ruled out for these cases. A tool in this ongoing investigation is NIOSH’s Fatalities in the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry (FOG) Database which collects detailed information on fatal events in this industry. NIOSH has recently updated the FOG webpage to include a report that provides further details on each case.
When hatches on production tanks are opened by a worker, a plume of hydrocarbon gases and vapors can be rapidly released due to the internal pressure present in the tank. These gases and vapors can include benzene, a carcinogen, as well as low molecular weight hydrocarbons such as ethane, propane, and butane. In addition to asphyxiation and explosive hazards, exposure to high concentrations of these low molecular weight hydrocarbons can have narcotic effects, resulting in disorientation, dizziness, light-headedness and other effects; recommendations have been made that a maximum exposure limit be set at 10% of the lower explosive limit (LEL) for light hydrocarbon gases in recognition of both the narcotic and explosive hazards.[i],[ii] Case reports of sudden death following butane and propane inhalation have suggested cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), hypoxia (a state of insufficient oxygen supply), and respiratory depression (reduced breathing rate and inadequate ventilation of the lungs).[iii]
Shell Plans $70 Billion Purchase of BG Group
Merger of energy giants will boost natural gas, continue controversial Arctic oil speculation.
Lower oil prices have prompted the energy sector's biggest deal in at least a decade, a $70 billion merger that creates one of the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas providers as companies look to cut costs to adapt to a petroleum market in which no recovery is in sight.
Below article from Chron
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has placed Nabors Completion and Production Services Co. on its list of the nation's most dangerous employers after finding the company could have prevented a massive explosion that killed a 28-year-old Marine combat veteran in October 2014.
The death in February of oil hauler Gregory Claxton has been ruled accidental caused by exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S).
Montague County Sheriff Department Investigator Chris Hughes said he received the toxicology results for the 29-year-old Nocona man on Wednesday.
SandRidge Energy Inc. CEO James Bennett said Thursday the company is laying off 132 employees, or about 20 percent of the workforce at the Oklahoma City headquarters.
The announcement follows after SandRidge laid off 265 employees earlier this year in the Permian Basin of west Texas.
"Market conditions continue to dictate that we take proactive steps to preserve the financial strength of the company," Bennett said in a statement. "Aligning the size of our workforce with the realities of a lower commodity price, reducing our capital budget and focusing our ongoing efforts on innovation and efficiency provides us a path forward in this market. We are making great strides in lowering our well costs while maintaining our commitment to safety and sound business practices. As a result, although today is a difficult day, we believe there is ample reason to be optimistic about the future of SandRidge even with sustained lower oil prices."
When state troopers stopped a tractor-trailer Monday in Starr County, they sensed something wasn’t right — and they smelled something wrong.Troopers stopped the 2005 Freightliner, which was pulling a 1998 Wilson flatbed trailer loaded with a pressure washer skid, on U.S. 83 near Roma, according to federal court records.
The driver, Carlos A. Lozano, 42, of Pasadena, Texas, claimed he was driving from McAllen to Carrizo Springs to deliver the pressure washer, according to federal court records. Troopers checked his story, which fell flat.
Not only was the company not expecting a pressure washer delivery, but they don’t use pressure washers at the Carrizo Springs location, according to federal court records.
Four dead, 16 injured in fiery blast at Mexico oil rig
An explosion and a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform operated by Mexico's Pemex on Wednesday, killing at least four workers, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated.
Eight firefighting vessels were battling the raging blaze at the Abkatun A-Permanente platform on the Gulf of Mexico's Campeche Sound, the state-run firm said in a statement.
Chevron will be heading to the courtroom over an accident on one of its Gulf of Mexico rigs last year.
The Southeast Texas Record reports that Kennedy Tasker, a Louisiana oil rig worker, has filed a lawsuit against the oil giant for an incident that took place on March 22, 2014. According to the suit filed in Galveston on March 13, 2015, Tasker suffered a multitude of injuries while cutting a pipe. He had been instructed to cut the pipe in the process of demolishing a fire hydrant on a fixed platform.
Tasker asserts that he was unaware the pipe was still filled with raw crude oil, which proceeded to coat him once he had puncture the pipe. To top it off, Tasker was then knocked down by heavy compressor clips. As a result, he sustained chemical burns to his skin and eyes, as well as back injuries.
Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special US envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when.
Shell has been moving oil rigs to Alaska as it awaits the green light from US authorities. It froze operations in 2013 after the grounding of a rig in Alaska prompted protests from environmental groups.
"Clearly Shell and others will resume drilling and exploration up off the North Slope of Alaska," Admiral Robert Papp said in an interview during a visit to Canada.
Violations of fair labor standards have resulted in hundreds of oilfield workers in West Texas and New Mexico being underpaid by more than $1.3 million, according to a review by federal officials.
Most of the violations involved improper payments of overtime. In some cases, employees didn’t receive an overtime premium because they were misclassified as independent contractors, according to the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division.
There were also instances of employers not paying for time spent working off-the-clock.
A Borger fifth-grader was killed in a fall from an oil field pump jack Saturday evening, authorities said.
Keara Joelyn Brown, 11, suffered the fatal fall just before 6 p.m. Saturday near a residence in the Watkins Camp area of Hutchinson County northeast of Borger, said Capt. Jerry Langwell of the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office.
Other people were present when she fell, Langwell said, but her parents, Sara Triana and Andy Brown, of Borger, were not there at the time.
An employee of Calfrac Well Services Ltd. was killed as a result of an accident that occurred in the early morning hours of March 11 at a Progress Energy well site about 175 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John.
WorkSafe BC Senior Media Manager Trish Knight Chernecki said her office is investigating the incident, which she said took place about 12:40 a.m.
Fort St. John RCMP and BC Coroners Service are also involved in the investigation, along with assessment teams from Calfrac and Progress.
Oil Deaths Rise as Bakken Boom Fades
At least 38 oil-field fatalities occurred nationally in five months; the ‘most dangerous’ job in America
At least eight workers have died since October in North Dakota’s oil fields, more than in the preceding 12 months combined.
A decision by Whiting Petroleum Corp., the largest producer in North Dakota’s Bakken shale basin, to put itself up for sale looks to be the first tremor in a potential wave of consolidation as $50-a-barrel prices undercut companies with heavy debt and high costs.
For the first time since wildcatters such as Harold Hamm of Continental Resources Inc. began extracting significant amounts of oil from shale formations, acquisition prospects from Texas to the Great Plains are looking less expensive.
Buyers are ultimately after reserves, the amount of oil a company has in the ground based on its drilling acreage. The value of about 75 shale-focused U.S. producers based on their reserves fell by a median of 25 percent by the end of 2014 compared to 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s opening up new opportunities for bigger companies with a better handle on their debt, said William Arnold, a former executive at Royal Dutch Shell Plc.
A group of sub-contractors at a remote worksite located north of Fort McMurray were stranded Tuesday, after they were laid-off, then told to find their own way home.
CTV News has learned that about 25 sub-contractors were stranded at the Canadian National Resources Horizon Site Wednesday, after they were laid off Tuesday evening.
“To treat people like that, you know, it isn’t fair,” A laid-off worker, who did not wish to be identified, told CTV News.
The Lea County Sheriff's Office responded to southern Lea County regarding an explosion, while enroute we were informed there were several serious injuries. Upon arrival to the area off of NM128 and Orla Rd, they discovered one of the workers on the site was deceased (James, Rusty Harrison in his early 40’s) as a result of the explosion. One other worker (Tyler Winter’s in his middle 20’s) had sustained injuries to his chest, torso and right leg and he was air lifted to Lubbock for treatment.
The initial information received indicated the workers were loading oil field related materials into perforated pipe which was being installed into the drilling pipe; when an explosion occurred. This was reported to cause metal and shrapnel to enter into several the victims. There was no fire at the scene as a result of the explosion.
On Tuesday morning, some kind of oil rig explosion happened in north Upton County off of FM 2401. The Upton County Sheriff's office tells NewsWest 9, three people died. Although officials have not released the names, family members told NewsWest 9 Rojelio Salgado, Arturo Martinez Sr. and Arturo Martinez Jr. were killed.
We're told all three men were related. Officials say there was a fourth man on site but he was not transported. They were all working for Mason, a pulling unit company, that was contracted by Parsley Energy. "Right now everything is in the preliminary stages. We don't know exactly what happened. We don't know what caused the explosion," Dusty Kilgore, Investigator with the Upton County Sheriff's Office, said.
OSHA is expected to arrive but the investigation will be at stand still until it's safe for officials to be on site. "Right now, the scene is unsafe for anyone to be on there besides fire department crew. As soon as some safety crews from another oilfield company get here to make sure it's safe to get on location then we'll finish the investigation," Kilgore said.
Texas-Oilfield Employer Shot, Killed During Salary Fight
Deputies are investigating a deadly shooting which occurred at an oilfield work yard south of San Antonio in Atascosa County Thursday morning
Investigators arrived at the scene before 11a.m. off I-37 and FM 536.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has reported there was a tank explosion at the Cheyenne Salt Water Disposal well south of Cheyenne Oklahoma. The disposal well is owned owned Overflow Energy of Texas.
One man was found dead after the explosion Friday