May 20, 2012 |
LAFAYETTE, La. - Visitors to this oil town might be forgiven for wondering whether the BP oil spill and subsequent drilling moratorium ever happened. "Now hiring" signs are plastered on billboards around town, and hotels such as the Crowne Plaza are chock full of seminars training students to work on offshore rigs. Many offshore companies can't find enough workers for the jobs they're listing. This parish has the lowest unemployment rate in Louisiana, 4.8%. Such is the opportunity on the offshore rigs that Sheila Clark, whose husband, Donald, died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion two years ago, said her 22-year-old son recently asked her how she'd feel if he went to work on a rig. "I can't stop him," said Clark, who moved to Baton Rouge after her husband's death.
April 14, 1987 |
Six men were rescued from the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, 11 hours after the floating drilling rig on which they worked overturned as it was being moved back to shore.
May 7, 1986
Offshore oil rigs, which averaged 570 last year, will decline to about 415 this year because of dwindling oil prices, Pennzoil President Richard J. Howe predicted. The rig count also will "bump along" at 400 for several years and not return to the boom levels of the early 1980s until 1995, he said. Pennzoil has trimmed its offshore drilling rigs to just two--one in the Gulf of Mexico's Mobile Bay and another in the Dutch North Sea.
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February 3, 1998
Warren Arnold Howser, a 43-year resident of Ventura County who built oil rigs for Shell Oil Co., died Friday in a Los Angeles veteran's hospital after a long illness. He was 77. Howser was born April 2, 1920, in Long Lane, Mo. He served in the Army during World War II. After the war, Howser went to work for Shell Oil. He moved from Long Beach to Ventura in 1955 and retired in 1979.
April 19, 1985
Kaiser and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers said they filed complaints accusing South Korea of selling offshore oil platforms in the United States below their fair value. The complaints filed in Washington with the federal International Trade Commission and the Commerce Department contend that the Korean government is subsidizing the export of the drilling rigs. Such action, known as "dumping," is illegal under U.S. law.
July 19, 1988 |
The number of working oil and gas rigs in the United States dipped by 27 this week, or about 3%, to 899, industry watcher Baker Hughes Inc. reported Monday. During the previous week, the company said the rig count had increased by five to total 926. But this week, Oklahoma reported 18 fewer working rigs and Mississippi, hampered by rains that bogged production efforts, reported 10 fewer rigs, according to Ike Kerridge, an economist with Baker Hughes. Louisiana dropped by seven.