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California Gas Utility Fined for Record-Keeping Failures

Aug 2016 22

The Public Utilities Commission in California has fined Pacific Gas & Electric Company more than $25 million dollars for the company's failure to keep proper investigative records of gas leaks and other safety problems.

California Gas Utility Convicted of Crimes for Gas Line Explosion

Aug 2016 10

On August 10, 2016, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was found guilty by a California federal court jury of criminal activity for violating pipeline safety standards in a 2010 gas line explosion that killed eight people, injured many others, and caused…

Government Proposes Fines for Gas Pipeline Company

Aug 2016 01

The federal agency that regulates oil and gas pipelines has proposed to fine one of the Williams companies $1.6 million dollars for its violations of federal regulations that caused an October 2015 explosion at a gas compressor stations in Louisiana.

County Sues Gas Company to Force Safety Measures

Jul 2016 26

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.

Wyoming Oilfield Worker Dies After 76-Foot Fall

Jul 2016 21

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.

Oil Rig Death in Gillette, Wyoming

Jul 2016 15

An oilfield worker was killed on an oil rig near Gillette, Wyoming on July 7, 2016. According to investigators, the derrick on an Anschutz Company well site moved unexpectedly, and struck and killed 25 year-old Joshua Adams. Mr. Adams was working for…

Three Workers Burned and Two Killed in Separate Oilfield Tragedies

Jul 2016 04

Three workers were burned and one was killed when a well site 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 well site outside of Watford City, North Dakota.

Bob Schuster Wins Largest Personal Injury Settlement in North Dakota History

Jun 2016 18

After three years of litigation, Bob Schuster settled the case of a Bakken oil field worker injury in North Dakota for $20,000,000, as reported in pleadings filed in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In October, 2011, a tanker truck driver suffered…

Smith Families Demand Safety Changes at Encana

Feb 2013 13

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…

Schuster Obtains Largest Wrongful Death Settlement in Wyoming History

Jan 2013 07

Robert P. Schuster represented the families of Tony and Deaun Smith who were killed in a totally preventable truck collision in Fremont County, Wyoming.