April 26, 2018 — Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of all 5 men who died in the Patterson 219 gas rig explosion on January 22 near Quinton, Oklahoma.
Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Matt Smith, 29; Josh Ray, 35; Cody Risk, 26; Parker Waldridge, 60; and Roger Cunningham, 55.
Two of the men were in the doghouse on top of the rig when crews had drilled about 13,500 feet. The explosion was caused by an uncontrolled release of gas during the tripping-out process.
The lawsuit was filed against Patterson UTI Drilling Co, the company that was contracted to drill the well, and several other defendants.
Red Mountain Energy was also responsible because the company maintained control over operations when the oil rig exploded.
“Yet another tragic preventable incident caused by irresponsible companies working in the oilfield who place money and profit over safety and human life.”
Red Mountain supervisors on site “were holding expired Well Control Certificates” and the company failed to inspect and maintain safe conditions. The company is also accused of failing to train employees.
All of the lawsuits were filed in the last few weeks in Pittsburg County District Court. Red Mountain and other defendants are accused of negligence and reckless conduct that resulted in the wrongful deaths.
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