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Logan Rig #7 Blowout- Oklahoma Drilling Rig Fire Injuries 4

Logan Rig #7 Derrick Falls During OklahomaJanuary 21st, 2012

El Dorado Drilling Company "Logan Rig #7" experienced a blowout Friday night near Marshall, Oklahoma while drilling a well for Kirkpatrick Oil Company three miles east and two miles north of intersection Highway 51 and Highway 74 in Logan County.

4 workers are reported to have sustained injuries,
3 of the rig workers were taken to Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City for critical burns according to early reports.

Logan Rig #7 burns while drilling for Kirkpatrick Oil in Northern Oklahoma

(Photo by Billy Hefton / Enid News.com)


According to drilling reports Logan Rig #7,  a 600hp rig, was drilling a 9050' horizontal development well for Kirkpatrick Oil at the time of the blowout. The rigs rated depth is listed as 7500'.

Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg said emergency responders were not allowed on the scene and that Kirkpatrick Oil had a team coming in to take care of the incident.

“The situation had gotten a little bit beyond what the drillers could handle. There was an explosion and a couple of injuries.” said Mike Honigsberg

El Dorado Drilling Company is an affiliate of Kirkpatrick Oil Company providing contract drilling services in northwest and north central Oklahoma for independent oil & gas production companies with 2 rigs in operation according to their website.


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Comment by Randi on January 21, 2012 at 2:50pm

Thoughts and prayers to the guys that were hurt

Comment by THE DON on January 21, 2012 at 3:00pm

Wow, thats 2 in less than a month in Ok.

Comment by Larry Odle on January 21, 2012 at 3:11pm
Thoughts and prayers to those guys...drillings getting hairy up in Ok...
Comment by Tony Reidpath on January 21, 2012 at 3:31pm

I agree with you Scott, a 7000 footer drilling to 9050, the math just doesn't work out.

Not allowing first responders into the location....smells of cover up.

Cowboys, in this day and age we should not be placing any crews or equipment at risk just to save the almighty dollar.

We have so many control measure available and supposedly in place to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

I hope those poor boys are OK as far as the Rig owner and operator are concerned I hope you have deep pockets or very good insurance. I hope they man up and make sure those injured boys are well taken care of.

If you are found to be putting $and profit before safety you deserve to burn.

Comment by Suzie Black on January 21, 2012 at 3:46pm
My thoughts & prayers to those injured so sad when guys get hurt! We will keep then in our prayers!
Comment by Drilling Ahead on January 21, 2012 at 3:47pm

I have just added some new video sent in by members-thanks guys. If we can keep events like this in the public eye then maybe steps will be taken to prevent these blowouts and accidents in the future.

Comment by Lerret on January 21, 2012 at 3:55pm

Gentlemen what we have here is 1982 all over again....and i fear a repeat of the bust is coming soon. It may be a little different in that the oil rigs will go on, gas is going south fast. We need a Gov. Murray to set in with the National Guard and start shutting in wells. They are flaring gas ...WHAT?? wasting it?  Yep, to get to the oil. Too much gas, not enough oil.


These accidents are lack of experienced operators and engineers.  Things are out of whack and engineers are experimenting... desperately attempting to go cheaper deeper because they are spending more to drill a well than the well will make. And you see who gets to pay the price.

Comment by Christopher M. Strickland on January 21, 2012 at 3:59pm

If you work for a company that doesn't follow procedures find another place to go cause the only one whos gonna get hurt by staying is you and your family.

Comment by Carl Soileau on January 21, 2012 at 4:24pm

The sad part men need to work to support there families even if they know something is wrong they are scared to loose there jobs. Who would believe a roughneck over a toolpusher or companyman? But yes when something happens it's all the rig hands fault for not doing what was right. God bless My Brothers in the oilfield and there families... They still have the companymen drilling these wells all they think of is themselfs and time it take to drill these wells with out thinking about safety. This should be looked into and if the Companyman is at fault Sue him and make him pay plus jail time end of story same as with toolpushers wanting to take short cuts to look good.

Comment by Christopher M. Strickland on January 21, 2012 at 4:34pm

Why be scared to loose your job there's too many rigs drilling. Thats just an excuse. You have the right to decide what rig or what company You work for and if You do something You know is wrong You are just as at fault as the person who told You to do it.

Comment by Carl Soileau on January 21, 2012 at 4:50pm

Gentalmen lets all agree on one thing ok. It's all about money end of story. These little companies that hire consultants it's all about saving money upper and lower management. How many rig hands really know all there is to know about drilling if they was that good they all be companymen and they still need to work. If you want to believe this or not even in todays world people still take chances thinking this want happen to them but it does. Just like what happen in the gulf with the Transocean rig it still goes on today they just learn to hide things better. You can blaim the rig hands but what do you think would happen if the refused to do something get fired end of story and the rest of them will still have there jobs and find other people who will do it.

Comment by Christopher M. Strickland on January 21, 2012 at 5:00pm

I do realize its all about the money. Thats why i've been drilling for 5 years now. I'm all about the money. If someone asks me to type something false in my IADC Report I just ask them if it's ok to put their name beside it, and that usually solves the conflict.  The IADC Report is a legal document that will stand up in court. I'm just saying if You know better then You are just as responsible.

Comment by Guy Brown on January 21, 2012 at 5:13pm
OK, I think we are all jumping to conclusions without having enough information. We don't know what happened out there and as far as the rig rating on depth, what size drill pipe we talking about? It's all about hook load and Derrick size. For example, I have used 500 hp pulling units on 17-18,000' deep wells. So if they are using say 3 1/2" or 2 7/8" drill pipe, they could actuall drill this deep and probably more. I do have to agree with some comments, it's booming out there, jobs are plentiful and experienced hands are in short supply, so be careful out there!
Comment by Carl Soileau on January 21, 2012 at 5:19pm

 But Chris even if they put there name on it and you still make out the IADC  report you are just as much at fault my friend for doing it. Yes we all jumping the gun here maybe but my heart still go out to these families. Chris I have come a long ways from the 1st day on stepping on my first rig, almost 38 years now. I have seen a lot and I would like to think I know how most people think when they have a family to suppor right or wrong they only want to make a living and have nice things... God bless my Oilfield friends and families.... An other note did you all see how Brazil turn down Obama , this is the head line..........(Brazil Stiffs Obama on Oil Deal, Exposing President's Incompetence)

Comment by Patrick Allan Lynch on January 21, 2012 at 5:25pm

I agree with most of the comments on here also. I still pretty new to the oil field, having only started 2 years ago, but I have seen some stuff even up here in WV and PA that make me want to puke. Thankfully, most of the companies that I work for are pretty safe, but even being safe will not guarantee that you will not have a blowout or an accident on site. I just hope that those guys on the rig are gonna be alright and that the company steps up and takes care of them.

Comment by Kay Danks on January 21, 2012 at 5:35pm

I leave you gentlemen to discuss the issues in the oilfield.  I will however continue to offer up my prayers for these gentlemen who work hard to earn an income to keep their families going.  I think everyone of us needs to take a long look at the politics of the issues at hand.  Money is as Money does, but having raised my family on oilfield hard work, I have nothing but respect for the hands on the rigs.  May God bless them all and their families.  Be careful out there guys and gals!



Comment by Kay Danks on January 21, 2012 at 5:38pm

I do have a question for you oilfield experts if you don't mind my asking.  Does anyone think the recent earthquakes in the area have anything to do with these explosions?  I am just wondering what you think, but it's a thought about what might be going on below us here in Oklahoma.

Comment by Christopher M. Strickland on January 21, 2012 at 5:49pm

am by far no expert, I am thinking it might have something to do with the fracing going on.  Like I said in no way am I an expert I try to learn something new everyday.

Comment by Carl Soileau on January 21, 2012 at 5:53pm

I don't think the Earthquakes have anything to do with all these blow outs. You should drill every well like a wild cat well mother nature will always though a monkey whinch in the works. To much data and depending on it. Data is great but you can't see down there and never know what is down there it is a very dangerious job one you can never sleep on. But who knows what happened.... I just hate when I see the hands getting the blaim. Thats like Obama blaiming everyone but hisself for what is going on know what I mean.....

Comment by Kay Danks on January 21, 2012 at 6:09pm

Thanks Carl and Christopher for your feedback.  I do hear the pumpers that come into my office complain when wells nearby are running a frac job and they have to shut in their well till it's over and then it sometimes takes them days to get their wells back on line.  I live approximately 15 miles north of where Nomac #17 burned to the ground recently and I know that there are some things that can't be prevented.  No one expects a gas pocket to be at 900 ft around here.  They were just exceptionally lucky that no one was seriously hurt.


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