April 25, 2018 Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. Two additional wrongful death lawsuits were filed over the Oklahoma explosion that killed five workers and has been reported as the nation's deadliest oil and gas explosion since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico.

The new suits were filed on behalf of Sarah Ray of Fort Worth, Texas, widow of Josh Ray, and on behalf of Charles Brite of Wellington, Colorado for the estate and children of Cody Risk.

The explosion occurred Jan. 22, 2018, at the Patterson 219 rig near Quinton and killed five workers — Matt Smith, 29, of McAlester, Oklahoma; Josh Ray, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas; Cody Risk, 26, of Wellington, Colorado; Parker Waldridge, 60, of Crescent, Oklahoma; and Roger Cunningham, 55, of Seminole, Oklahoma.

The new suits, filed by David L. Rumley, a Texas-based attorney who specializes in handling catastrophic oilfield incidents and has litigated numerous cases against Patterson-UTI allege that the incident “arose out of another tragic preventable incident caused by irresponsible companies working in the oilfield who place money and profit over safety and human life.”

The suits name Red Mountain Operating, LLC, Red Mountain Energy, LLC, Crescent Consulting, LLC, National Oilwell Varco, LP, Jim Brody Blagg, Patterson-UTI Drilling Co., LLC and Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. as defendants.

The well site, located near the town of Quinton, 100 miles south of Tulsa, was operated by Oklahoma City-based Red Mountain Energy. Patterson-UTI Energy, of Houston, owns and operates the drilling rig, which exploded and caught fire

According to the lawsuits, the well was being drilled under a Day Work contract that placed the responsibility for supervision, control and direction of the drilling operations on Red Mountain.

“In the oil and gas drilling industry, the Operator is the captain of the ship,” says David L. Rumley. “They design the well plan and hire company men to make sure the plan is followed. In this instance, Red Mountain’s “Captains of the Ship” not only failed in their responsibility to supervise the drilling activities but were holding expired Well Control Certificates.”

The suits seek unspecified amounts of damages in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the Courts.

For additional information, please contact Elaine Brown at (361) 881-4818