Rest In Peace Brothers:
Josh Ray, 35 of Fort Worth TX
Matt Smith, 29 of McAlester OK
Cody Risk, 26 – of Wellington CO
Parker Waldridge, 60 of Crescent OK
Roger Cunningham, 55 of Seminole OK
The bodies of five workers, including one Texan, were found Tuesday after an explosion ripped through a drilling rig in Oklahoma, triggering the nation’s deadliest oil and gas incident in several years.
The drilling rig is owned by Houston-based Patterson-UTI Energy, which employed three of the deceased. Patterson-UTI has grown into one of the nation’s largest onshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, companies.
“Five people were tragically lost in the event,” said Patterson-UTI Chief Executive Andy Hendricks. “Our focus right now is supporting the families. This has been a terrible tragedy and a terrible loss.”
“We want to know what caused this horrible event, but today is not the time for those questions,” said Red Mountain spokesman Tony Say.
While Hendricks acknowledged Patterson-UTI has had other safety incidents in the past, he argued his company has ranked among the safest drillers in recent years. [read more]