Chesapeake files lawsuit
Chesapeake Energy Corp. has filed a negligence lawsuit against one of the contractors involved in a failed hydraulic fracturing job in Pennsylvania in 2011. Chesapeake blames Cameron International Corp. for the problems at the wellhead that caused an uncontrollable discharge of fluids on April 19, 2011, according to a lawsuit filed April 16, 2013, in Oklahoma County District Court. The Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas producer, which is seeking more than $75,000 in damages, contends Cameron should have known the equipment used on the Pennsylvania well was not designed properly. Chesapeake was fined $900,000 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the spill. Cameron has not filed a response in the civil case.
Tulsa association elects officers
The Tulsa-based Gas Processors Association and Gas Processors Suppliers Association elected new officers earlier this month at its annual convention in San Antonio. Crestwood Holdings Partners CEO Joel Moxley is the gas Processors Association's new president. John Mollenkopf, chief operating officer of MarkWest Energy Partners, will serve as president-elect. The organization's three vice presidents are Enbridge Co. President Terry McGill; Enterprise Products Partners Senior Vice President Bill Ordemann; and Rick Cargile, president of Energy Transfer Partners' midstream division. The Gas Processors Suppliers Association will be led by President Bob Huebel, who is vice president of CB&I Randall Gas Technologies. David Bardeen, director of North American sales for Ariel Corp., and Elkhorn Holdings CEO Sean Sullivan were elected vice presidents, while ZAP Engineering and Construction Services CEO Steve Tzap will serve as treasurer.
Customs office names director
Judson W. Murdock II on Monday became director of field operations at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Houston Field Office, which covers an area from Tulsa to Corpus Christi, Texas. Murdock previously was the Customs and Border Protection area port director in Dallas, where he oversaw operations in the area, including several outer ports of entry and user fee airports. Murdock will have oversight responsibility for the entry and exit of all international passengers, carriers and cargo in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, as well as Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.