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West Virginia Oil and Gas Alliance

August 17, 2011

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    April 23, 2009

    Date Renewed:


    Alliance Overview:

    The West Virginia Oil and Gas Alliance was developed to provide WV Oil and Gas members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to the four hazards (fall hazards, electrical hazards, struck by and caught in between hazards) identified as those causing the most injuries. The Alliance provides parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, thus, promoting dialogue concerning workplace safety and health. The Alliance goals are broad, including development of training materials, outreach and sharing of information between OSHA and the oil and gas industry in the Appalachian basin, and promoting member participation in cooperative programs. The Alliance also serves to engage the oil and gas drilling industry and include them in relevant national relevant or significant workplace safety and health issues.

    The initial Alliance activity thrust during the first year was for participants to come to a consensus on a concept and curriculum for a proposed 10 hour, 30 hour, and Train the Trainer course for the Gas and Oil Industry. The proposed outcomes were for all Alliance Members be granted "Train the Trainer" status at the conclusion of development of this course. The work in the second year (this evaluation period) included taking all the information provided by members, including oil/gas photos of equipment, hazards, and other information for use in development of the training. During this time, WVU was awarded a Susan Harwood Grant for development of a safety training course for the gas and oil industry. As a result, the information and pictures already developed as part of our Alliance was a good fit for inclusion in this effort. A subcommittee within the Alliance was formed to participate in the development and implementation of an 8 hours safety training course for the gas and oil industry per the Susan Harwood Grant. To date, over 350 people in the gas an oil industry have received this 8 hour training course, and approximately 35 people, including our Alliance members participated in train the trainer for this 8 hour class and are able to provide that training to their workers. Over the past year, there has also been development of ideas for additional products to be developed for use by our members including additional training courses which are specialized and specific to certain hazardous operations in the oil and gas industry. We continue to pursue the larger goal of developing a national 10 hr, 30 hr and Train the Trainer Course for the Gas and Oil Industry, but additional coordination is needed with the National Office and other stakeholders throughout the country to move that forward. However, our Alliance is a leader in that effort and the Alliance intends to continue to work toward that goal.

    Implementation Team Members

    Marianne Skeens of Noah Horn Well Drilling, Inc

    Allicia Cook, Safey Assistant/Trainer

    Mike John, Vice President Corporate Development

    Steven T. Schlotterbech, President of EQT

    Mark Hackett, President Energy Contractors, LCC

    William Holbrook, Safety Coordinator Crossrock, Inc

    Paul Morris, president Dallas-Morris Well Service, LLC

    Mark Fullen, Program Director West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension

    John Warren, Field Safety Representative Nomac Drilling

    Nicholas DeMarco, Executive Director West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association

    Jonathan L. Pennington, Managing Principal/CEO McCulley Easthan and Associated, Inc

    Roger Willis, President Universal Well Service, Inc

    Tommy Sharader, President Gas Field Service, Inc

    Tom Morris, Vice President Dallas-Morris Drilling, Inc

  2. Implementation Team Meetings


  3. Events and Products

    Evaluation Period

    The annual evaluation covers April 23, 20010 to April 23, 2011.

    Alliance Activity

    • Development Plan for 10 hour, 30 hour, and Train the Trainer courses with three tracks (site preparation, drilling, production), which has national implications in that it would be offered through OSHA Office of Training and Education for the entire gas drilling industry nationwide.
    • Advisory workgroup teams formed to work on topics for 10 hour, 30 hour, and Train the Trainer courses and develop course modules. These modules have been developed and a Draft was completed January 1, 2010.
    • Presentations to the alliance group by industry experts on safety and health issues relevant to the gas drilling industry

    Alliance Products

    • The Alliance group determined that for oil and gas safety and health training, there should be 3 modules of which each module would be specific to the uniqueness of the job. Workgroups and sub-groups were formed from both the implementation team and other interested parties to work on a final product. Training modules are being developed for various safety and health topics relevant to each area of the gas drilling industry which will be applicable to the gas drilling industry as a whole, as well as more specialized issues which may be included at the discretion of the instructor.
  4. Results

    A. The three areas of focus for outreach training have been identified (Site Preparation, Drilling and Production). A draft curriculum is nearing completion including the mandatory 7 hours of instruction along with the 2 hours of electives and the optional 1 hour.

    B. Activities and Number of Individuals Reached:

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    04/23/2010 Group meeting to discuss and propose Alliance Goals; Alliance goals presented and discussed; Scope of industry training needs discussed, Alliance signed. Attendees from WVU Ed Center, Oil & Gas community and CHAO AD, CHAO AAD and CAS
    11/12/2010 Group meeting on curriculum and consensus decision to have 3 tracks for the 10 and 30 hours classes Attendees from WVU Ed Center, Oil & Gas community and CHAO AD
    05/20/2011 Area Director and Compliance Assistant met with West Virginia Ed Center representatives to gather information for Annual Evaluation
    06/16/2011 Alliance meeting with members to receive a presentation on the National STEPS Program related to oil and gas safety.
    06/20/2011 Area Director and CAS met with WVONGA to discuss industry support for the STEPS Program
    07/21/2011 Alliance meeting held.  Discussion of STEPS within group.  An ad hoc committee was formed to plan future meetings and set agenda.  Next meeting is to be telephonic.
    08/11/2011 Telephonic conference with ad hoc committee for STEPS.  Meeting place for next three meeting determined.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    A completed draft will be developed for the 10 hour Gas and Oil Industry course and presented to the Alliance group, and then forwarded to OSHA Office of Training and Education in the upcoming months. This will serve as the template for the 30 hour course which will be put together during the next one year period and submitted for approval. Pre-requisites for taking this course will also need to be worked out within the Alliance group, and with OSHA OTE. The Alliance met the goals established but can not determine the outcome of the OSHA Oil & Gas Train the Trainer Class.

    Although the STEPS Network Program is on a sound track to move forward, the OSHA Charleston Area Office has decided to end the present Alliance and move to develop a new oil and gas alliance with the SETPS Program, the West Virginia Education Center and the State Consultation Program. The new OSHA Alliance will be signed once the STEPS Program has been nationally accepted by the STEPS National Network.

    Report Prepared by:

    Prentice Cline, Area Director, and Richard Jeffrey, Compliance Assistance Specialist.

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