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Texas and Louisiana Rig count dips

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The price of WTI crude oil was down 2.5 percent to $58.46 per barrel on Friday after Baker Hughes A GE Co
BHGE released its weekly U.S. rotary drill rig numbers. Overall Rig counts have been slowly creeping higher for nearly three years now as the oil market recovers from a 2014 price collapse.

The overall rig count is down to 1,016 active rigs, including 824 rigs primarily drilling for crude oil.

Texas dipped by four and is home to 497 active rigs as its total tally fell below 500. But Texas still accounts for nearly half of the nation’s total.

The total number of active oil and gas drilling rigs fell by 10 rigs­ according to the report, with the number of active oil rigs falling by 9 to reach 824 and the number of gas rigs falling by 1 to 192.

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“Pipe mishandling” cause of death at Innovation 1 Drilling Rig reports North Slope Borough Police

Worker struck by heavy drilling pipe.

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Police: ‘Equipment accident’ killed 36-year-old Alaska oil field worker

  • The North Slope Borough Police Department on Thursday released the name of the 36-year-old man who died last week at a North Slope oil field

The chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Hollis French, said Tuesday that a Hilcorp executive reported that the death involved a “pipe mishandling incident,” “equipment accident” was to blame. with the worker struck by heavy drilling pipe.

A Gofundme page in Huber’s name has raised more than $100,000 to help cover funeral and other family expenses. It says Huber leaves behind a wife and three children.

Huber died at the Innovation 1 drill rig, Jeffrey Brown, borough police chief, said by email.

Rescue workers responded to a report of an injured and unresponsive worker but could not revive Huber. “The preliminary investigation shows the death is attributed to an equipment accident,” Brown said.

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