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Oil and gas worker killed on platform in Gulf of Mexico

An oil and gas worker was killed last Saturday while working on a Talos Energy Platform in the Gulf of Mexico, just 64 miles south of Lake Charles, LA.  The worker, who has not yet been identified was removing fire suppression equipment that was reportedly out-of-service at the time of the incident. The injuries and


Seven injured, One missing in Platform Explosion in Lake Pontchartrain

Cleaning chemicals are said to have ignited an explosion on an oil rig platform in Lake Pontchartrain Sunday night. The explosion was said to have “rocked homes” in the area near St. Charles Parish and north Kenner, leaving five people critically injured and two in stable condition. The victims all suffered blast-type injuries and burns,


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


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