This week, in our safety segment, we talk about trench shoring, sloping and shielding, and about noxious gas exposure. Then, host Brock Yordy covers U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Arizona v. Navajo Nation from Washington, D.C. It’s Driller Newscast episode 54.

“They [the Supreme Court justices] are getting very groundwater savvy and water-rights savvy, which we need in the highest court in the nation,” Yordy says. “But we also need to understand sovereign water rights to tribal nations should be senior water rights. We need to be advocating for this.”

This episode covers:

  • Trench and excavation safety for drillers
  • “Slope/shore/shield” safety for trenches
  • Willful violations of safety/health practices
  • Using gas meters
  • NGWA’s Legislative Fly-In
  • The Willow Project and oil drilling in Alaska
  • Arizona v. Navajo Nation at the Supreme Court
  • Tribal water rights in the U.S. West
  • Orphan wells and methane mitigation
  • Drought management in the U.S. West

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