Category: Safety/Security

Feds unveil plan for keeping offshore oil wells in check five years after Gulf spill

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.  More »

Study finds radon in Pennsylvania homes on the rise while Marcellus drilling surges

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.  More »

Supply vessel hits Apache platform; company says no injuries or spills

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.  More »

U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia warns of kidnapping plot against Western oil workers

Affiliates of terrorist groups may be planning to kidnap Western oil workers in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia warned over the weekend.  More »

Volatile Bakken crude expected to keep flowing through Texas

AUSTIN – Despite falling oil prices, production cutbacks and persistent safety concerns, rail officials plan to continue shipping millions of gallons of volatile crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota through Texas, according to updated records provided by state officials on Wednesday. Average weekly volumes reflect little change from a first batch of […]  More »

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a den…  More »

Helix earnings down 78 percent

Offshore services company Helix Energy Solutions Group’s earnings fell 78 percent in the fourth quarter, the company reported Monday, largely the result of more of its vessels sitting unused.  More »

Report: ISIS-affiliated group claims blame for Apache worker’s death

In August, an Apache supervisor was killed during an attempted carjacking while driving on a road in the desert southwest of Cairo, the company said.  More »

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 »
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