Flex drill designer honored
One of the designers of the flex rig, which is used to drill several wells from the same pad, was honored Friday as a Pioneer of the Piceance by the West Slope Colorado oil and Gas Association.
Scott Brady also developed the way simultaneous operations could be conducted, allowing for more economical natural gas development on the Western Slope.
Brady, a native of Rangely, is a recent retiree from WPX Energy who began his career as a roughneck and worked in several phases of the drilling industry, including as an owner of an oilfield service company.
He joined the Bill Barrett Co. in 1984 and remained with it as it transitioned eventually into WPX Energy.
Over 29 years, he was involved in and oversaw the drilling of thousands of wells, and the employment associated with them, in the Piceance Basin and elsewhere, the association noted.
The Pioneer of the Piceance award recognizes individuals who took risks, encouraged innovation in the field and were steadfast in the face of adversity.