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In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon erupted into flames after repeated neglect caused the offshore oil rig to explode. The disaster claimed the lives of 11 workers and injured 17 more. The well beneath the rig leaked for months and polluted the Gulf of Mexico with over 4.9 million barrels of oil. It was the worst oil spill in history—at least it was at the time. The Taylor oil spill, which started 6 ...
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How a Rig Prepares for a Hurricane

Despite being built to withstand the ocean's fury, hurricanes can be disastrous for oil rigs and offshore oil platforms. In the Gulf of Mexico alone, the industry relies on hundreds of rigs to shrug off the disastrous effects of multiple hurricanes every season. To compensate for the great strain put on these rigs by hurricanes, supervisors must follow strict processes and safety procedures to ...
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A Look into Life upon an Offshore Drilling Rig

Living and working on an island with two weeks off every month sounds like the dream. For offshore workers, it’s their life—and while it has its upsides, it's certainly not always a "dream." While the schedule sounds lightweight, it is purposefully designed to provide a built-in balance to the long, arduous hours and close quarters aboard the rig. Cities in their own right, offshore rigs have a ...
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We’re coming up on one year post-Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and communities are still reeling from the damage caused by the massive winds and rain. While the news was rightfully focused on the homes and businesses that were devastated on land, there was a quieter, more indirect type of damage inflicted on Texas’ economy: disruption to the oil industry. 2005’s Harsh Lesson for the Oil Industry Over ...
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As of last evening, the U.S. Coast Guard has ceased its search for the missing rig worker in Lake Pontchartrain. Their search was conducted over nearly 24 hours nonstop, utilizing 10 search missions covering 90 square miles. In a statement, the Coast Guard sent their thoughts and prayers to the family of Timothy Morrison, 44, who was left missing when a gas and oil storage rig exploded on Sunday ...
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The rig explosion on Lake Pontchartrain (which has been reported both as an oil rig and a natural gas storage rig) has left one worker missing and at least 7 injured—three of them in critical condition. The identity of the missing worker has been revealed to be 44-year-old Timothy Morrison of Katy, TX. Sheriff Lopinto of Jefferson Parish has vowed to search for Mr. Morrison for as long as it ...
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Update: the rig was originally reported as an oil rig, but some sources report it is actually a natural gas storage rig. On Sunday night, an oil rig exploded in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish, LA. According to the Kenner Police Department spokesman, rescue boats had been dispatched from the Kenner Boat Launch; the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is assisting. He went on to say there ...
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Arnold & Itkin, LLP recently filed a case involving a man who was injured aboard a fixed oil production platform when he was instructed to lift a compressor weighing over 300 pounds without being provided proper safety equipment to complete the task. As a result of this negligent tasking, the man sustained injuries to his neck, back, and shoulders. It’s the supervisor’s job to ensure that everyone ...
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Offshore oil and gas exploration is a lucrative business, but it also carries a number of unique hazards. Often, one wrong move or defective machine part can have a devastating impact on extraction efforts. With the ever-increasing race to extract minerals, the energy industry has unfortunately had to deal with several massive catastrophes. The blowout preventer (BOP) was cited as a major cause of ...
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The dangers of offshore drilling only exponentially increase as rigs drill deeper than they ever have before. In the frenetic search for new resources to relieve the scarcity of oil deposits, boundaries are being pushed, tested, and occasionally crossed altogether. As technology strives to keep up with the demand, offshore oil companies invest millions, even billions, into their rigs in order to ...
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The Exclusive Economic Zone & Drilling

An Exclusive Economic Zone is a region of the ocean just offshore that belongs to the state government onshore. This zone was declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 to include the waters 200 miles from the shore. In accordance with the International Law of the Sea, other countries also declared similar types of zones. As a result, each state has the ability to fully utilize and harvest the ...
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The United States Coast Guard recently issued new rules that focus on offshore electrical safety. The new regulations expand the list of international explosion protection standards that must be met for offshore drilling sites. Most notably, all electrical equipment must now meet certification standards of either National Regulations or the International Electrotechnical Commission Systems for ...
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Five years ago today the country saw the most devastating offshore oil spill disaster in U.S. history. Now, as the memory of Deepwater Horizon is brought up again in the minds of those who work within the industry and suffered environmental effects alike, it is time to examine what has been done in those years since the accident. Improved Training Leads to No Measurable Benefits While many ...
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One worker was killed and at least three other workers were injured when an offshore oil rig exploded on Thursday afternoon. The Echo Platform oil rig, which was operated by the Houston-based Fieldwood Energy, exploded around 3pm about 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans. The injured workers are being treated at a nearby medical facility onshore. All of the injured and deceased workers were ...
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After its second attempt at having the case dismissed, Houston based Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. will appear in court as defendant in a case involving an employee seeking compensation under the Jones Act. The employee is being represented by Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Jason Itkin, Cory Itkin and Kyle Findley. The original suit was filed in 2012 when the plaintiff, an employee of Diamond ...
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Maintaining Offshore Walkway Safety by Prevention

You might think most offshore injuries occur as a result of dramatic explosions or terrible fires, but the truth is much simpler. The majority of injuries to offshore workers are a result of slips, trips, and falls. These accidents are simple to prevent, but require operating companies to diligently maintain the safety of their walkways. Companies are legally responsible to keep walkways safe. ...
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