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Energy briefs for Sept. 21

Energy briefs for Sept. 21
Modified: September 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012

Williams Cos. hires consultant

The Williams Cos. Inc. has signed a consulting agreement with former executive Phillip D. Wright, according to a regulatory filing. Wright, the company's former vice president of corporate development, retired from Williams on April 1. Wright will provide consulting services to Williams through April 2014. The company, which released Wright from noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, will pay him $500,000 during the consultation period.

Drilling starts in Logan County

Osage Exploration and Development Inc. has begun drilling its fourth horizontal well in Logan County, the California-based company announced this week. The new well is in the center of Osage's 30,000-acre Nemaha Ridge project, part of the Mississippi Lime play that spans Oklahoma and Kansas. “We have successfully drilled two wells in the southern area of the acreage, and one in the northern area,” said Greg Franklin, Osage's vice president of exploration. “The quality of the rock in the middle where we are drilling the McPhail well looks as promising as or better than the northern and southern areas of the acreage.”

College hosts safety class

Oklahoma City Community College is hosting a safety class next week for oil and natural gas industry workers. The SafeLand USA Awareness class will be Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the college's Family and Community Education Center, 6500 S Land Ave. The class will provide specific safety information on topics ranging from incident reporting and investigation to material handling and first aid. The $150 class is certified by SafeLand USA and the Energy Training Council of Oklahoma, which includes OCCC. To enroll, contact John Claybon at 682-7855 or

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