Category: Accidents

Shell rig left Alaska port to avoid taxes, company official testifies

Shell’s Kulluk oil drilling rig left Dutch Harbor in December to avoid the prospect of millions in taxes, a Shell official revealed Saturday in testimony to a Coast Guard investigation panel.  More »

Former Shell CEO: Safety must come first. And second. And third.

Putting safety first is one of the most important ingredients to a successful major energy company, said former Shell CEO, Jeroen van der Veer, sharing a list of problems that executives need to watch out for.  More »

Tow vessel fuel problems preceded Shell grounding

Testimony in the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island focused Thursday on why its towing vessel unexpectedly lost power in stormy conditions in the Gulf of Alaska.  More »

Rig manager testifies in Shell barge grounding

After drifting toward shore on a floating drill rig tilted by 30-foot swells and 45-knot winds, then riding a basket up to a hovering Coast Guard helicopter, Todd Case said he would revise the towing plan for the vessel on a winter trip across the Gulf of Alaska.  More »

Gulf of Mexico growth increases need for storm evac planning

The growth in deep-water operations in the Gulf of Mexico has increased the need for emergency transportation facilities that can move workers out of harm’s way in case of of a hurricane.  More »

Pipelines spill three times as much oil as trains

Pipelines in North America spilled three times as much crude oil as trains for comparative distances over an eight-year period, the International Energy Agency said today in a study it based on U.S. Department of Transportation data.  More »

Industry executives expect regulatory costs to soar

Three years after the Macondo accident, more than 80 percent of top oil executives believe that regulation will get a lot tougher in the coming years.  More »

Fatal oil-tank blast in Utah tied to welding

A welder died after sparking an explosion while using his torch on a crude oil storage tank at an eastern Utah well site, the state’s largest oil producer told regulators.  More »

Contractor is killed at Eagle Ford construction site

A contractor working in the Eagle Ford Shale was killed Monday morning at a BHP Billiton Petroleum construction site in Karnes County.  More »

Hazard analysis could be problematic in company offshore audits

FuelFix spoke to Charlie Williams, director of the Center for Offshore Safety, about challenges companies are having in implementing new federal regulations.  More »

BP’s ‘serious breaches’ risked explosion at Norway oil platform

An oil and gas leak at BP’s Ula field could have caused a deadly explosion, Norwegian regulators said. They ordered the company to review maintenance procedures after discovering “serious breaches.”  More »

Feds: Offshore safety audits are meant for sharing

Companies soon will be required to submit the results of these audits to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement as a part of the overhaul of safety regulation in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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