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The extended delay could leave the refinery operating an no more than 20 percent capacity for a full 12 months after the facility was damaged in an explosion on Feb. 18. The primary piece taken out of commission was the electrostatic precipitator, or ESP, which is a large emission-controlling device.
The three-year study will “determine on-duty and off-duty factors that contribute to motor vehicle crashes, injuries and illness” among oil and gas extraction workers.
Houston-based Black Elk Energy faces six criminal counts for a blast at a Gulf of Mexico production platform that killed three workers and injured others.
Over 37.3 trillion gallons of water fell in Texas this past spring after heavy precipitation resulted in substantial flooding. While years of drought were literally washed away, the state experienced significant consequences of the flooding, including 21 deaths according to a report by NPR. The recent weather patterns exposed vital shortcomings in the state’s flood […]
OTC: Offshore drilling regulators want industry input on ‘next steps’ for safety management programs
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will hold a workshop on the issue on July 29 in Houston aimed at getting ideas for how to strengthen the safety and environmental management systems required of companies operating offshore.
The nation’s offshore drilling overseers are considering adopting a page out of Norway and Brazil’s playbooks — with a potential analysis of oil and gas firms’ “fitness to operate” on coastal waters.
The measure codifies many of the steps that companies have already taken to better keep offshore wells in check, including more rigorous maintenance and testing of the blowout preventers that act as a last line of defense against uncontrolled surges of oil and gas.
Buildings in counties where natural gas is most actively being extracted from the Marcellus shale have in the past decade had much higher measurements of radioactive radon than buildings in low-activity areas, according to the new research.
Apache said the platform has been shut down but there hasn’t been any leak of oil or gas. It’s unclear when production will resume.