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News in Brief: April 18, 2018

News in Brief: April 18, 2018

Texas gains 3 rigs as US rig count rises to 1,008

HOUSTON, TX (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 1,008.

At this time a year ago there were 847 active rigs.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 815 rigs drilled for oil this week and 192 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas added three rigs, Oklahoma gained two while Colorado, Louisiana and Ohio each added one.

Kansas, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one rig.

Alaska, Arkansas, California, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404.


Head-on crash kills one, injures another in Terrebonne Parish

HOUMA, LA – Shortly before 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Troop C was notified of a two-vehicle fatality crash on LA 659 just north of LA 24. The crash took the life of 52-year old Roy Neil of Montegut.

The preliminary investigation revealed 26-year old Brodie Matherne of Bourg was traveling north on LA 659 in a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Neil was traveling south on LA 659 in a 2014 Nissan Altima.

For reasons still under investigation, Matherne crossed the centerline and struck Neil’s vehicle head-on. Neil was properly restrained during the crash, but suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the Terrebonne Parish Coroner’s Office.

Neil’s front seat passenger was properly restrained and suffered moderate injuries during the crash. She was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans. Matherne was properly restrained during the crash, suffered minor injuries, and was not transported to a hospital.

Impairment is unknown to be a factor at this time and toxicology tests are pending on the part of both drivers. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.