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Cactus Rig 117 #2

Cactus Rig 117 Canadian County, Oklahoma. 5/24/2011 tornado aftermath. picture courtesy Derrick Brown.

Here is a link to Cactus Drillings Tornado Precautions .ppt

Note Added By Editor:
May 24, 2011

Injuries reported when storm hits Oklahoma oil rig
Associated Press

EL RENO — An El Reno official says 20 workers at an oil and gas rig were hurt when a possible tornado moved through the area.

Community Services Director Terry Floyd also said Tuesday that the storm did extensive damage to the rig, as well as a Devon Energy production plant and a metal business.

Floyd said he didn't know the extent of the workers' injuries at the rig owned by Cactus Drilling. Emergency workers also contained a gas leak caused by damage to the plant, and damage was reported to Calumet Industries, a metal business.

Floyd also says officials closed Highway 66 between El Reno and Calumet until emergency personnel could evaluate conditions. Interstate 40 was closed but was reopened.

The medical examiner's office has confirmed four fatalities in Canadian County.

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Comment by Drilling Ahead on May 25, 2011 at 2:31am
Any word on injuries?
Comment by Clayton W Zieffle on May 25, 2011 at 4:30am
Mother nature at it's worst, nice to be in the middle east all there could be is some gun fire which you can get away from but not this
Comment by Muhammad Mudassar Malik on May 25, 2011 at 6:24am

Power of Nature

Just shows who are you to deal with the universe.


Comment by Zane Reese on May 25, 2011 at 6:47am

I hope no hands got hurt.

It would have been my luck we would have been taking a kick about that time....

Comment by Wayne Nash on May 25, 2011 at 7:02am
Hope the crew is O.K.
Comment by Levi Hancock on May 25, 2011 at 7:49am
Wow, I hope no one was hurt.
Comment by Drilling Ahead on May 25, 2011 at 8:02am

I added the AP story to the photo posted by Harold (above) I also found this Tornado Precautions .ppt by Cactus Drilling-everyone may want to save this to their desktops for future reference.

Tornado Precautions.ppt

Comment by Zane Reese on May 25, 2011 at 9:13am
Thanks Curtis for posting that.
Comment by Tom Kipgen on May 25, 2011 at 10:05am

That same twister came roaring by my place a few minutes later and dropped debris all over the place.    I guess I'm lucky it didn't drop a mud pump on me!     I had no idea a tornado could lift a rig with it's substructure like that......I have a new respect for them now!

Comment by Robert H Pitterman, Jr on May 25, 2011 at 11:37am
Insane. I have a friend working for weatherord who "luckily" just missed this twister. Hope everyone is ok. oh and if i had to decide which gas buster to go with it on any well i'd be on i'drecomend this brand in the photo.


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