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Permian Basin Injury Attorneys

Helping Workers After Preventable Permian Basin Accidents & Injuries

Stretching 250 miles across and 300 miles up, the Permian Basin is a large oil store made up of multiple basins in West Texas. The northern tip edge of the basin begins near Lubbock, runs down to Odessa, and runs west into New Mexico. It is the single largest petroleum-producing basin in the United States, with 2.8 million barrels of oil coming out of the basin daily.

In February 2018, oil titan Pioneer Natural Resources sold all of their assets to focus their efforts in the Permian Basin—including divesting 70,000 acres of highly-profitable land in the Eagle Ford Shale region. On the same day, Halcon Resources announced that they were paying $381 million for 22,000 acres in the Delaware Basin (a component of the Permian Basin).

That’s only the beginning—since 2008, the Permian Basin has increased output by 68,000 barrels per day every month. While major oilfields like the Bakken and Eagle Ford regions decreased production by 10-20% after 2016’s oil price crash, the Permian Basin just kept pumping. This boom arrives just as Permian Basin production reaches its 100th birthday, and it shows no sign that it will be a short-term phenomenon. It's here to stay.

The World’s Fastest-Growing Oilfield

The Permian Basin is second to only one field in the world: the Ghawar field in Saudi Arabia, one of the most historically-significant oilfields in world history. However, if you measure growth? The Permian Basin has increased barrel-per-day production by a larger amount than any oilfield in the world. The effects of the Permian Basin may be felt for decades to come, for good or ill. One obvious benefit of all this is economic growth: towns and cities in the Permian Basin have a population of over half a million people, and their hotels, restaurants, and highways are packed with oil workers like never before. However, economic growth is a double-edged sword—economic development often leads to the sort of “profit-frenzy” that creates unsafe drilling practices.

Permian Basin Injury FAQ

How much oil is left in the Permian Basin?

Companies have been extracting oil and natural gas from the Permian Basin for over 100 years, bringing rise to the question of just how much is left. According to predictions from the Energy Information Administration, Permian Basin reserves are estimated to still hold about 19 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 5 billion barrels of oil. Although the number of active rigs has decreased dramatically due to COVID-19, those crews who are still working deserve protection and support in the event of an accident or injury.

Who owns the Permian Basin?

Stretching 250 miles wide and 300 miles long, the Permian Basin is the second-largest oilfield in the world. No single company owns all this land. The five biggest players, in order of most acreage to least, are Occidental Petroleum, Chevron, Apache, ExxonMobil, and Concho Resources.

What should I do if I was injured while working in the Permian Basin?

You should seek medical treatment, inform your employer, and seek legal counsel. Permian Basin oilfield injuries can be catastrophic and change the entire course of your life. Even if it seems like your employer is trying to help, remember that you have the right to choose your own doctor and to seek benefits for your treatment and lost earnings. The right attorney can protect your interests so you can heal and provide for yourself and your family. Underpayments, claim denials, and unnecessary delays are all too common in Permian Basin injury cases. Our firm is here to guide you toward the best possible resolution—one that opens the door to a brighter, more stable future.

What rights do I have as a Permian Basin oilfield worker?

If you were working anywhere in the Permian Basin and were injured in a blowout, fall, fire, or other oilfield accident, you may be entitled to benefits to cover your medical treatment, ongoing care, lost earnings, and possibly much more. Your employer has an obligation to provide a reasonably safe work environment—even though oilfield work is inherently dangerous. Equipment should be properly maintained, safety protocols should be followed to the letter, and you should be given the right tools and training to do your job. When oil companies cut corners and put their workers’ safety at risk, our team at Arnold & Itkin stands ready to see justice served. We’re here to help you get the support and treatment it takes to rebuild and move on.

What if my loved one was killed while working in the Permian Basin?

If your loved one was killed while working in the oilfields of the Permian Basin, you need to contact an attorney. Our Permian Basin wrongful death lawyers have helped grieving families get the answers they deserve. While we can’t change what happened, we can fight to make sure your family gets justice from the people and companies who could have prevented your suffering but didn’t. No one should lose a loved one because a company placed profits over safety—we’re ready to remind any company of this fact.

Permian Basin Truck Accidents: An Unintended Cost of a Thriving Oilfield

Since many of the counties that the Permian Basin is near are rural and small, they have a network of roads that weren't designed to handle the increased traffic two and from the area. Oil tankers, gravel trucks, and other large commercial vehicles dominate the small roads surrounding the Permian Basin, making them more dangerous.

One study discovered that as oil production in the Permian Basin increased, so did motor vehicle accidents. In fact, the roads around the Permian Basin had a 52 percent increase in crashing involving commercial vehicles. For comparison, other counties in the area only had an increase of 9 percent over the same period.

The vehicles involved with oilfield work are heavy and dangerous. Their operation requires a skilled, trained, and attentive driver. However, companies are often relaxed with hiring standards, training, or overwork drivers, making them dangerously exhausted behind the wheel. Studies show a clear increase in accidents when oilfields increase activities—residents and workers shouldn't pay the steepest consequences from them.

We Remember the Burned & Maimed of North Dakota

Just a few years ago, North Dakota saw almost the same kind of economic boom West Texas sees right now. Oil companies rode into town, hiring hundreds of young men, offering them fulfilling careers with economic stability, great benefits, and high-action labor. For many of these men, the oilfields offered them what other industries couldn’t: a real career, the ability to buy a home, or a way to support a family.

For a few of them, though, dangerous drilling practices, old equipment, and outdated safety protocols sent them to the hospital—or worse, sent their families to identify them. Our Permian Basin accident lawyers won’t allow it to stand.

Arnold & Itkin celebrates the economic independence of Texas. We love seeing our fellow Texans become successful, but our attorneys in the Permian Basin refuse to allow the pursuit of oil fortunes come at the expense of young men’s lives. We’re watching the development of West Texas’ oilfields with cautious optimism. While we hope oil companies have learned their lesson from the shattered families they’ve left behind, we’re not confident they have—especially after having heard stories from past clients.

If your loved one was hurt or killed working in the oilfields in West Texas, share your story with our top-rated Permian Basin oilfield lawyers. We know oil companies, so we know what you’re up against. Call (888) 493-1629 for help.

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