The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

Former drilling chief: US ‘on a course to repeat’ Gulf oil spill

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Former Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”
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Community colleges leading the charge to educate the next generation of oilfield workers

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This past week I had the privilege of speaking at the Spring Summit for an organization called UPSTART 360, which aims to bring together HR professionals in the oil & gas industry to tackle some of the toughest staffing problems companies face today. I spoke at one session, giving some outlooks for hiring trends in the field of petroleum engineering, but the session that really made an impact on me was one I chaired that same day, on partnerships between the educational system and industry to train the next generation of oilfield workers.
(Mathew Sumner/San Francisco Chronicle)

Drilling suspended after waves strike rig

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Anadarko Petroleum suspended drilling while it evaluates the status of a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig hit by heavy waves Tuesday morning.
Bill Elwell, vice president of engineering at Houston-based Excel Engineering. Denmark-based Ramboll Oil & Gas said in October 2013 that it had reached a deal to acquire Excel. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Danish firm finds platform for expansion in Houston

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Danish consulting firm Ramboll Oil & Gas Co. is the latest company from overseas to look to Houston as a launching pad for a broader expansion into the U.S. and offshore.
A 20-ton blowout preventer from National Oilwell Varco is delivered to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in March 2014 as part of the Offshore Drilling exhibit on display through Feb. 1, 2015.A 20-ton blowout preventer from National Oilwell Varco is delivered to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in March 2014 as part of the Offshore Drilling exhibit on display through Feb. 1, 2015. (George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

George Bush Library launches offshore drilling exhibit (photos)

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The George Bush Presidential Library has launched an exhibit that tells the story of offshore drilling, highlighting technological innovations in the industry and the former president’s work as a Texas oilman.
(Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg)

Regulator: Many companies holding back info in safety audits

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In the safety audits, several offshore oil and gas operators were too reluctant to give information, likely because they believed that “too much honesty might spark increased scrutiny from the regulators,” a top regulator said in Houston Thursday.
(Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg)

Offshore safety problems linger despite new efforts, Coast Guard admiral says

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Despite mandatory offshore safety codes, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to find dozens of problems on deep-water drilling rigs and other vessels, even after oil companies have complied with rules for years and have anticipated inspections for months, a federal regulator said Thursday in Houston.
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Feds confront industry skepticism on new safety hotline

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Federal regulators are pleading with the oil industry to ‘fess up when they dodge accidents at offshore production platforms, rigs and drillships.
(Mathew Sumner/San Francisco Chronicle)

Feds clearing path for Pacific wave energy test

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The Interior Department is sending out a feeler for companies interested in harnessing wave power off the Pacific Northwest before allowing a Oregon State University project to advance.
Tommy Beaudreau, (Rich Clement/Bloomberg)

Offshore drilling regulator moves up at Interior

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Tommy Beaudreau, the Obama administration official who oversees offshore oil leasing and helped shake up federal agencies after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is now joining Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s inner circle.