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Apache Corporation is an American petroleum and natural gas exploration company that has existed for over six decades. Founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1954, the company is now headquartered in Houston, Texas. After nearly five decades of successful operations, Apache Corporation was added to the S&P 500 and still holds a position on the prestigious list in 2018. Today, Apache Corporation is one of the largest exploration and production companies in the world. It operates in three main regions: Egypt, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The company formerly had major operations in Western Australia but sold its assets in 2015 for $2.1 billion.
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Apache in Egypt
Apache’s operations in Egypt cover 5.6 million acres through a total of 25 concessions. Operations in Egypt’s Western Desert began in Egypt in 1996. Production in Egyptian wells produced 36 percent of Apache Corporation’s oil output in 2017. Notably, Apache estimates that 69 percent of their interests in Egypt are undeveloped. It boasts that it is positioned to succeed even more with further development in the region.
Apache in the United Kingdom
In 2003, Apache Corporation bought interests in the North Sea, just off the coast of the United Kingdom. Since entering the North Sea market, the company has made numerous acquisitions in the Forties, Callater, and Beryl fields. The company is also developing operations in Seagull, Corona, and Storr discoveries. In 2018, the production in the North Sea totaled 13 percent of Apache’s oil output. The company states on its website that it expects exploration to provide future oil production in this region.
Apache in the United States
Most of Apache’s exploration and production is accomplished through its efforts in the United States. The company has major operations in the Permian Basin, Gulf of Mexico, and midcontinent regions in Oklahoma and Texas. A notable region that Apache operates in is the Eagle Ford Shale, one of the most significant American oil discoveries in the last 40 years. Operations in the United States accounted for 51% of the company’s production.
Varanus Island Pipeline Explosion
Like many other large oil exploration and production companies, Apache states that is committed to safety and environmental responsibility. In fact, the company states that safety is not negotiable on its website. By examining safety and environmental incidents involving Apache Corporation, it is possible to assess the moments in which the company may have failed to deliver on its commitments.
A pipeline caused an explosion at a gas plant operated by Apache Oil on Veranus Island, located off the Wester Australian coast. The plant was used to treat product obtained at offshore oilfields. The explosion disrupted 30 percent of the region’s energy supply and the event was devastating for the Western Australian economy.
Investigations revealed that no maintenance had been done on the pipeline for 16 years. It was a lucky coincidence that none of the plant’s 150 employees were near the location of the explosion when it occurred. After launching a legal campaign to suppress reports about the disaster, Apache Corporation escaped prosecution via a loophole when the law defined the term “pipeline” incorrectly. Apache withdrew from the region by selling all its assets three years after reports regarding the incident were made public and increased the criticism that the company experienced in the region.
Dangers to Apache Oil Workers
Due to its size as a multinational corporation, Apache operates facilities along nearly every process of the oil exploration and production process. This means that employees of Apache Corporation are faced with a vast number of hazards on the job.
Potentially dangerous settings Apache Oil workers are exposed to include:
- Oil rigs
- Offshore oil rigs
- Industrial plants
- Offshore vessels
Locations such as these provide inherent dangers to those that work in them. Heavy machinery, flammable materials, and the potential for catastrophic injury place a huge responsibility on Apache to protect employees. Nearly every accident is preventable. When disaster happens, negligence is usually at the root of the cause.
Oil and gas industry workers suffer the following personal injuries when their safety is neglected:
- Burn Injuries from explosions
- Slips and falls
- Blunt force trauma caused by heavy equipment and cargo
Arnold & Itkin Has Experience Helping Oil Workers
Since the foundation of our law firm, Arnold & Itkin has focused on providing results for clients. As a result, we have grown from a small firm to one that has won billions of dollars in settlements for clients. Since we are based in Texas, we understand the importance of the oil industry to the economy of the state and to the nation. We have seen what happens first hand when negligence causes injury—debt accumulates, livelihoods are lost, and injuries completely alter the lives of workers who do not deserve hardships.
Our attorneys seek to hold companies accountable when their neglect causes harm to innocent workers. In fact, when the oil companies tried to shift blame to the crew of the Deepwater Horizon, Arnold & Itkin was there to make sure they were stopped. We were proud to represent over one third of the crew and help them get back on their feet after one of the worst disasters in offshore drilling history.
If you have been involved in an accident while working for Apache, call Arnold & Itkin today at (888) 493-1629. Our team is available to discuss your case at no cost to you.