California Gas Utility Fined for Record Failures

California Gas Utility Fined for Record Failures

The Public Utilities Commission in California has fined the Pacific Gas & Electric Company more that $25 million dollars for the company’s failure to keep proper investigative records of gas leaks and other safety problems. A house on the central California coast was destroyed by a gas explosion in one episode that was not adequately … Continued

County Sues Gas Company to Force Safety Measures

In another example of the oil and gas industry’s lack of concern about safety and the consequences of its profit-making activities, Los Angeles County has been forced to sue Southern California Gas Company to compel the gas company to install and upgrade the safety shut-off valves on its wells. The suit arises from a massive … Continued

Wyoming Oilfield Worker Dies After 76-foot Fall

An oilfield worker was killed on an oil rig near Midwest, Wyoming on July 14, 2016. According to the initial investigation, Dennis McCulloch fell 76 feet from a workover rig and died instantly. Mr. McCulloch was 28 years old at the time of his death and was a resident of Casper, Wyoming. He worked for … Continued

Oil Rig Death In Gillette, Wyoming

An oilfield worker was killed on an oil rig near Gillette, Wyoming on July 7, 2016. According to the initial investigation, the rig partially collapsed, crushing 26 year-old Joshua Adams. Mr. Adams was working for Basic Energy Services, a Texas company. The circumstances of the tragic death are still being investigated. As oil and gas drilling … Continued

Three Workers Burned, Two Killed In Oilfield Tragedies

Three Workers Burned and Two Killed in Separate Oilfield Tragedies Three workers were burned and one was killed when a wellsite operated by XTO Energy exploded, engulfing the rig and the workers in a devastating fire. The explosion occurred on June 18, 2016 at the XTO wellsite outside of Watford City, North Dakota. One of … Continued

Smith Families Demand Safety Changes At Encana

The families of Tony and Deaun Smith have written the presidents of Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. and Encana Corporation, asking each of them to institute company safety changes to protect the public from future trucking tragedies such as the collision that killed Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were killed on … Continued

Schuster Obtains Largest WY Wrongful Death Settlement

Robert P. Schuster represented the families of Tony and Deaun Smith who were killed in a totally preventable truck collision in Fremont County, Wyoming. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were stopped on a highway in their PT Cruiser—having been flagged down at a highway construction project. An Encana Oil & Gas (USA) truck collided into the … Continued

Widow Sues Over Natural Gas Rig Explosion

The widow of Kyle L. Rooke has filed a wrongful death case regarding an explosion at a gas drilling outside Pinedale on January 5, 2011. Mr. Rooke was severely burned and was pronounced dead at the rig site by the EMT’s who responded to the explosion. The suit was filed by Mrs. Rooke in the … Continued

Schuster Addresses International Pipeline Conference

On September 29, 2010, Bob Schuster was the sole plaintiff’s attorney to address the International Pipeline Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  The conference is considered to be the leading conference in the world for international natural gas pipeline operators—with companies in attendance from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States, and other countries worldwide. Schuster’s … Continued