Cleanup crews work in Lac-Megantic, Quebec after a runaway oil train derailment and explosion on July 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

Railroad wants to send oil into town where 47 died

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John Giles, president and CEO of Central Maine and Quebec Railway, said he hopes to have an agreement with officials in Lac Megantic, Quebec, within 10 days that would allow the railroad to ship non-hazardous goods, restoring the vital link between the railroad’s operations to the east and west of the community.
Shell's Gulf of Mexico Mars platform, seen here being repaired after Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Shell.

Offshore industry prepares for hurricane season

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With hurricane season just days away, forecasters are predicting a more mild summer, but offshore producers are preparing nonetheless.
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada. The fiery explosion killed at least 47 people in Canada in July 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)

Charges brought in Quebec railway disaster

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The Quebec provincial prosecutor’s office said 47 counts of criminal negligence have been filed against engineer Thomas Harding, manager of train operations Jean Demaitre, and Richard Labrie, the railway’s traffic controller.
Tad Patzek, the chairman of the petroleum engineering and geosystems department at the University of Texas, speaks to energy professionals at the inaugural event for the Ocean Energy Safety Institute at the University of Houston on Monday. (Collin Eaton/Houston Chronicle)

Human errors account for 80% of offshore accidents, exec says

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Safety must be the backbone of any offshore company’s corporate culture because four of every five major offshore accidents are caused by human errors rather than mechanical or structural failures, an Anadarko Petroleum executive said Monday.
Brian Salerno, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, speaks to industry professionals at the University of Houston Monday at the inaugural event for the Ocean Energy Safety Institute. (Collin Eaton/Houston Chronicle)

One offshore accident can spoil goodwill for entire industry, regulator says

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The offshore oil and gas industry only has to look back four years to see why investing in safety isn’t a frivolous expenditure, it’s hard-nose business, the nation’s top offshore regulator said Monday.
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Senator: Latest train spill shows need to improve safety

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Sen. Mark Udall says a Union Pacific derailment and oil spill in Weld County illustrates the importance of upgrading rail safety regulations.
Trauma Lockers display at the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston (Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)

Trauma Locker’s OTC booth shows how to make safety simple

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Most of the eye-popping technology on display at OTC is mind-numbingly complex. Others, like the wares at the Trauma Locker booth, are so simple they inspire an age-old question: Why didn’t I think of this?
The blowout preventer that failed to stop the out-of-control flow of oil from BP's Macondo well is pulled from the Gulf of Mexico in September 2010. (Pat Semansky, AP)

Offshore industry has worst-case scenario technology at four strategic sites

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The energy industry has deployed technology that can stop the most devastating offshore blowouts in four strategic locations around the world in order to ensure they can be quickly deployed to where they’re needed.
Several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil in flames after derailing in downtown Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/City of Lynchburg, LuAnn Hunt)

Investigators narrow possible causes of oil train derailment

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The National Transportation Safety Board says the crew’s actions, the train’s equipment or speed did not likely contribute to the fiery derailment of an oil train in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.
Workers remove damaged tankers along the tracks where several CSX crude oil cars derailed and caught fire along the James River near downtown Lynchburg, Va., Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Oil-train wreck heightens fire chiefs’ concerns

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Emergency officials say an oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia underscores the fact that many departments don’t have the resources to deal with such an accident along a busy route for hauling oil.
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