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Oct 16, 2018

Why Extinguishing Well Oil Fires Requires Years and Years of Experience

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Station KGOU (an Oklahoma NPR affiliate) recently conducted an interview with Sarah Terry-Cobo, a senior reporter for the Journal Record, about her story on a special group of oil field workers, known as “Hellfighters.” Hellfightersare frequently called in to handle well explosions. Ms. Terry-Cobo explained that a great deal of training is required to respond properly to oil [...]

Sep 18, 2018

The Dangerous Business of Oil Field Drilling

By |September 18th, 2018|Oil Field Accidents|0 Comments

The practice of onshore and offshore oil extraction is a dangerous business in Oklahoma and other parts of the nation. The risks associated with tasks performed in and around oil drills are considerable. The work involves heavy equipment, combustible materials, and intense pressure. According to information gathered by OSHA, workers in the oil and gas industry are 600 [...]

Aug 13, 2018

Five Workers Unaccounted for after an Oklahoma Oil and Gas Field Explosion

By |August 13th, 2018|Oil Field Accidents|0 Comments

Reuters news service reported in January 22, 2018, that five workers were missing after an explosion occurred in an eastern Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site. Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. was drilling the well for Red Mountain Energy. Gas from the well was feeding the fire preventing a full search of the area. The fire was extinguished later in [...]

Jun 26, 2018

New Tariffs Could Threaten Oil Production in Oklahoma

By |June 26th, 2018|Oil Field Accidents|0 Comments

President Trump recently announced he is going forward with his plan to apply tariffs on imported steel and aluminum—25 percent and 10 percent, respectively. When he announced his initial plan in March, U.S. allies Canada, Mexico, and the European Union were to be exempt, but the most recent announcement includes all three. The plan has been met with [...]

Jun 12, 2018

What Is an Oil Well Blowout?

By |June 12th, 2018|Oil Field Accidents|0 Comments

Oil well blowouts cause death and catastrophic injuries. A blowout of an oil well is an uncontrolled release of crude oil. Prior to the 1920s, according to Petro-Online, blowouts (also called gushers) were quite common. Today, pressure release systems help control the release of oil. Blowouts occur when the pressure release systems fail. They can occur if a [...]

Apr 3, 2018

Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion Claims the Lives of Five Workers

By |April 3rd, 2018|Oil Field Accidents|0 Comments

On Monday January 22, 2018, five workers died in an explosion on an oil drilling rig in Oklahoma, which is being considered the deadliest oil and gas accident since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 which claimed 11 lives. The oil rig that exploded is owned by Patterson-UTI, a Houston-bases drilling and hydraulic fracturing company with an abysmal [...]

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