Category: Environment

Is fracking flopping on foreign finances?

Hydraulic fracturing, the drilling process that releases oil and natural gas from deep inside shale formations, has sparked a boom in the U.S. and a glut of natural gas that has driven prices to their lowest in a decade. While there’s been a lot of talk about exporting fracking techniques to other parts of the [...]  More »

Excuse me: Gassy dinosaurs helped warm Earth

Potty humor just got prehistoric. A new study suggests that dinosaurs may have helped keep an already overheated world warmer with their flatulence and burps 200 million years ago.  More »

Wyo. got EPA to delay frack finding

Wyoming’s governor persuaded the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to postpone an announcement linking hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination, giving state officials — whom the EPA had privately briefed on the study — time to attempt to debunk the finding before it rocked the oil and gas industry more than a month later, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.  More »

OTC: A more balanced view on climate change

The luncheon discussion on climate change at the Offshore Technology Conference offered one of the more balanced views on the subject this week.  More »

New market for dismantling old rigs results in ‘The Claw’

New federal requirements to dismantle idle oil and gas equipment in the Gulf of Mexico are creating a market for companies that supply heavy lift boats and other salvage or demolition equipment.  More »

OTC: Texas Congressman serves political tripe for breakfast

A Texas congressman serves up straight political fare at OTC breakfast  More »

What Is the Law’s Role in Offshore Drilling Safety?

As the OTC gets underway to record numbers here in Houston, one oft repeated phrase from industry and government is that safety should come first. James Watson, head of BSEE, also announced that the government plans to speed up its rulemaking on safety requirements by skipping the “notice of proposed rulemaking” stage and going straight […]  More »

OTC: When ethical introspection becomes preaching to the choir

Wander the halls of OTC, and you quickly gain a feel for how insular the oil industry can be. It tends to view outside critiques, and especially criticism, with disdain. That may be why a breakfast discussion Tuesday started with introductions that included a note that the speakers had engineering degrees, which should “satisfy the room.”  More »

OTC: When ethical introspection becomes preaching to the choir

The energy industry isn’t good at introspection. When it takes a hard look at itself, it tends to find fault with others.  More »

OTC: Talk of safety is everywhere, but will it translate into practice?

Translating safety from panel discussions to practice  More »

What I’ll be watching for at the Offshore Technology Conference

Here’s some of the things I’ll be looking for at this years annual gala of oilfield geek chic.  More »

Shrimp processors object to BP settlement terms

A group of Gulf Coast shrimp processors asked a federal judge Monday to hold off on giving his preliminary approval to portions of BP’s proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »