Report: BP refineries responsible for 97% of worst industry violations

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Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that U.S. safety regulators believe BP, the company battling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has a “systemic safety problem” at its refineries. Jordan Barab, a senior official at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA], which enforces workplace safety legislation, told the Financial Times that they considered […]
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Chevron, HighMount E&P cutting Houston jobs

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Chevron and HighMount Exploration and Production are laying off a combined 654 workers in Houston, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Chevron said it will close a local plant and will terminate and relocate employees within downtown offices at 1500 Louisiana St. and 1600 Smith St., the American Business Journal said. The company will lay […]

Turning the Screws on Iran

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Declining oil markets have been focused of late on the fate of the Euro, but events in Iran may have more long term bearing. Markets shrugged off news that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps are now assuming a leadership role in the country’s oil sector. But President Ahmadinejad’s strategy of increasing the grip of the IRGC […]
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Texas reaches renewable energy target ahead of schedule

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Texas has passed its renewable energy target of 10,000 megawatts by 2025. That’s 15 years ahead of schedule. As of March 31, new renewable energy capacity in Texas was 10,069.5 megawatts. The state already had 297.6 existing megawatts of renewable energy capacity, making the total more than 10,350 megawatts. The state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard mandated […]
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Polymer liner to protect block 31 riser off Angola

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May 17,2010 –Swagelining is to supply its polymer lining system for a 14-in. (35-cm) water injection riser for BP’s block 31 project offshore Angola…..
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BP pressured drillers, says rig survivor

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CBS’ 60 Minutes interviewed a survivor of the Deepwater Horizon accident, Mike Williams, on Sunday’s show. He claims at the heart of the accident was BP pushing drillers to make up for lost time on the project — several weeks of lost time due to difficulties in drilling. He also says one of the safety […]
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ConocoPhillips to upgrade Montana refinery

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While ConocoPhillips has been scaling back its refining assets, it has plans to make a $50 million upgrade to its refinery in Billings, Mont. The upgrade, which is scheduled to start in late July, involves replacing two drums on the $150 million coker unit, the Billings Gazette said. The new 300 ton coke drums are […]
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Chron Energy Newslinks | 05.17.10 | BP threads the needle. Peak oil for the deepwater?

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• BP successfully begins siphoning oil from leaking well. • Decades after Exxon Valdez, spill clean-up tech little changed. • After spill, Gulf fishing economies on pause. • U.S. seeks clarification on BP spill payment plan. • BP’s Atlantis platform may have documentation problems. • Drilling critic warns of dangers of an Arctic spill. • […]
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This week’s energy industry events

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Monday, May 17 Society of Petroleum Engineers International Course — Design and Optimization of Artificial Lift Systems: Through May 21. SPE Houston Training Center, 10777 Westheimer. This course is designed to provide in-depth exposure to artificial lift design-theory and practice especially for Continuous Flow Gas Lift and Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP). The course can also […]
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Map of spill, May 17

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Spill, May 17
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