Category: Safety/Security

Former NSA chief: Congress must pass cyber laws to protect energy, finance

More than half of the 200 or so cyber-attacks reported to the Department of Homeland Security’s industrial control systems emergency response team have targeted energy companies, and and economic espionage cases have more than doubled in the last 18 months.  More »

Report: Look for offline oil, find political unrest

Oil production around the globe is a canary in the coal mine, with major disruptions providing a strategic warning about growing instability and persistent violence around the world.  More »

Senator: Time to rethink our emergency oil stockpile

Sen. Ron Wyden wants the United States to rethink the size and scope of its emergency oil stockpile.  More »

Missing Vietnamese tanker likely captured by pirates

If confirmed, it would be the 12th such case of piracy since April in Southeast Asia, where tankers have been hijacked, cargo stolen and later released.  More »

CPUC Abandons Safety in PG&E Decision

After four years of political limbo, administrative law judges for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week released their recommended enforcement actions against California’s largest utility.  Stemming from PG&E’s 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno, the recommendation will do little, if anything, to improve safety, and could actually undermine the company’s efforts to upgrade […]  More »

Back from South Texas, regulator re-warns of pipeline threat

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter returned Thursday from a visit to oil installations with a grim safety assessment. But the industry, he stressed, was not to blame.  More »

Natural gas industry unveils security program

A new program led by natural gas utilities could help improve the safety of their infrastructure by allowing them to more effectively share information about the threats they’re facing.  More »

Cyberattacks on energy companies create new insurance needs

A Houston litigator whose specialties include insurance issues says cyberattacks are presenting energy companies with new insurance needs.  More »

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 »
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