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Chesapeake, others face more legal action after fatal well blowout and fire in the Eagle Ford Shale field

Chesapeake Energy’s corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City is shown. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]
Chesapeake Energy’s corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City is shown. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

The daughter of a worker who died because of a fire at a Chesapeake Energy well in Texas on Jan. 29 seeks more than $1 million from Chesapeake and other companies her attorneys say are responsible, lawsuit documents show.

The wrongful death case, filed Tuesday in Harris County District Court in Houston, also targets C.C. Forbes, Forbes Energy Services, Eagle Pressure Control, WildHorse Resource Development Corp. and Halliburton Co.

Attorneys representing the plaintiff, Madison Hendrix, noted they made the filing in Harris County because Halliburton maintains a principal office in the jurisdiction.

The case asserts the Wendland, Daniel H 1H well blew out and caught fire while victim Brad Hendrix was working on a rig at that location.

Hendrix, it states, suffered catastrophic injuries as a result and died days later.

The lawsuit asserts defendants were “negligent, negligent per se, and grossly negligent, and acted recklessly, intentionally, and/or with an utterly wanton disregard for the rights and safety of Hendrix and others,” for numerous reasons.

It is the second case so far that has been filed in a Texas district court related to the accident. The mother of one of the other men who died because of the accident filed her case in Burleson County, where the well is located.

That action, filed by Linda Milanovich on behalf of her son, Windell Beddingfield, sought a temporary restraining order that would require Chesapeake to preserve on-scene and other evidence related to what happened.

It also asked a judge to issue an order that would allow attorneys representing her and her son access to the site to conduct an investigation of their own.

An attorney involved in the case couldn’t be reached Wednesday to answer questions about whether it has been heard.

A spokesman for Chesapeake on Wednesday declined to comment about either of the cases, but did

state the company’s investigation of the accident remained ongoing.

Previously, a company spokesman had stated the accident happened while workover operations were being conducted on the well by C.C. Forbes and Eagle Pressure Control.

One contractor died at the accident scene. A second died Jan. 30, while the third died at some point during the next several days. At last report, a fourth contractor hurt in the accident remained hospitalized.

Jack Money

Jack Money has worked for The Oklahoman for more than 20 years. During that time, he has worked for the paper’s city, state, metro and business news desks, including serving for a while as an assistant city editor. Money has won state and regional... Read more ›

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