Category: Safety/Security

Q&A: Houston repository helps industry study pipe failures

The industry-supported Pipeline Research Council International is collecting failed pipes in a Houston repository so companies can test how well their monitoring devices detect real-world defects.  More »

Most majors keep investments in lower risk countries, report says

Major oil and gas companies have continued to base the majority of production in low-risk countries, with a handful of exceptions, according to a new analysis.  More »

Ebola outbreak threatens oil-producing Nigeria

So far the ebola virus outbreak in Africa isn’t much affecting energy operations there, but that could change with reports that the disease has reached Nigeria, the continent’s most populous nation and a major oil producer.  More »

New tool maps flood risks at nation’s power plants, refineries

The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday unveiled a new mapping tool, giving the public its first glimpse into flooding risks at the nation’s power plants, oil refineries, pipelines and other critical energy infrastructure.  More »

North Dakota crude no more dangerous than similar fuels, report finds

HOUSTON — An industry-funded study released Monday concluded that the oil from the Bakken region doesn’t pose a greater risk to transport than other similar, types of crude. The study is the most scientific analysis of the region’s crude so far, the North Dakota Petroleum Council said. The group hopes the report allays fears that […]  More »

Companies at work on blowout preventers for deeper depths

GE Oil & Gas and others are working to create blowout preventers that can work at deeper depths and higher pressures.  More »

Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars

The petition was filed by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics.  More »

Sempra subsidiary is first utility to get FAA drone license

A San Diego utility company say it’s the first utility in the country to get permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a drone.  More »

Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility

In tanks, the mix of gas and oil that comes with the saltwater can be volatile.  More »

$10 million pipeline research center to open in Houston

An industry-supported research center under construction in Houston will provide facilities for testing and evaluating pipelines in a move to reduce sometimes-disastrous ruptures.  More »

Regulator says collaboration needed offshore

One of the biggest obstacles in boosting the safety of offshore drilling is making sure a massive web of contractors and oil companies are working collaboratively to prevent accidents, a top federal regulator says.  More »

‘Dragonfly’ attacks should alert generators to threat, experts say

A new wave of cyberattacks should be a wake-up call to U.S. electricity generators and grid operators who believe their control systems are safe from hackers, data security experts say.  More »
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