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Piece of rig equipment kills oil field worker in Brazoria County

An employee of Denbury Resources is dead today after a piece of metal rig equipment fell on him while working at Hastings Oilfield in Brazoria County.  According to reports, the victim and other workers were operating a pulley to lift a piece of equipment that weighed about 2,500-3,500 pounds, which then fell and crushed the


SMSH Legal remembers Deepwater Horizon client in wake of movie release

Deepwater Horizon was released nationwide today in theaters, more than six years after the explosion claimed the lives of 11 crew members and left an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.  The movie is expected to chronicle the events that led up to and during the catastrophe in what


Crew members Missing after Freight Train Collision

Three crew members are missing after two BNSF Railway freight trains collided Tuesday afternoon, causing a massive explosion and forcing the surrounding areas to evacuate. The head-on collision happened 5 miles east of the town of Panhandle, Texas, just 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. The two trains were carrying two crew members each; one member


SMSH Legal Settles Amputation Case

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris recently settled the claim of a foreign seaman working for the Caribbean subsidiary of a Texas company for a confidential amount. In a tragic work accident over foreign waters, the young man’s leg became entangled in a mooring line and was violently amputated below the knee. The attorneys of SMSH


Fire Reported At ExxonMobil Plant

Thursday, April 7th there was a fire at the Baytown ExxonMobil Plant, 30 minutes east of Houston, TX. There were reports of large flames and thick black smoke billowing. Multiple water cannons were deployed to subside the flames between 5-6 pm. There were no injuries reported, and all employees were accounted for. The plant investigators


Effect of Oil and Gas Industry on Economy

A barrel of oil is selling for almost $40 in the U.S. today. The U.S. economy has become less reliant on oil and gas production over the past 30 years. In 1981 oil production accounted for 4.3% of U.S. GDP while in 2011 only accounted for 1.6%. Today we have a more diversified economy in


One Killed on Oil & Gas Platform in Gulf of Mexico

This past Friday an employee of Nabor Industries died after sustaining an injury on the job. The employee was working on another company’s oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The platform is located 150 miles south of New Orleans. Nabor Industries was


Two dead and one missing and presumed dead

Two dead and one missing and presumed dead after their tugboat struck a construction barge and sank in the Hudson River. The tugboat, Specialist, struck the barge moored near the Tappan Zee Bridge as it passed under the center of the bridge around 5:18 a.m. Saturday. Search Teams There are currently more than a dozen


Fire at Pasadena Plant

This past Saturday morning, March 5th, 2016 smoke was seen rising into the air from a Pasadena refinery. Result And Cause of The Explosion One person was injured in an explosion at the refinery, which sent clouds of smoke into the air. A fire started at the Pasadena Refinery System as a result of the


Impact Of The Struggling Oil Industry On Houston

The Houston housing market is being impacted by struggling oil industry because people are having to sell homes and turn to renting and downsizing if not relocating altogether. Last year the real estate market was booming, but layoffs are causing instability. Over 250,000 people have been laid off globally since the price of oil started


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