Category: Safety/Security

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

Former Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum says the Obama administration “still has not taken key steps . . . to increase drilling safety.”  More »

Industry opposes push to tighten oil field safety rules

More than a dozen oil companies and trade groups have lined up to oppose plans to broaden the federal government’s oversight of safety practices at wells, saying existing standards are enough to protect workers nationwide.  More »

U.S. LNG Exports Could Ensure European Energy Security

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is a flashpoint for European and American leaders to reinforce energy security in Europe and redouble efforts to decrease Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas.  Russia provides nearly one-third of Europe’s annual natural gas demand which totaled 18.7 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2013. Ukraine is also the major conduit […]  More »

Utility offers $250K reward in grid attack

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.  More »

Regulator: Many companies holding back info in safety audits

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.  More »

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

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.  More »

Rescuers struggle to save 22 trapped in China mine

Rescuers struggled Tuesday to pump water from a coal mine in southern China where 22 miners have been trapped for more than a day.  More »

Family says BP lied about man’s cause of death in terrorist attack

The family of a Houston man killed in a terror attack on a BP plant in Algeria early last year claims the oil company lied about how the man died and that its Internet access policy contributed to his death.  More »

Feds confront industry skepticism on new safety hotline

Federal regulators are pleading with the oil industry to ‘fess up when they dodge accidents at offshore production platforms, rigs and drillships.  More »

A&M-Kingsville offers Eagle Ford pipeline safety workshop

The event will cover federal regulations, managing the risk of gathering lines, safety for emergency responders, pipeline expansion in the Eagle Ford and pipeline construction, design and inspections.  More »

US Navy seizes tanker, foiling Libya rebel attempt to sell oil

The U.S. Navy thwarted the first attempt by rebels seeking self-rule in eastern Libya to export crude oil from a port they control.  More »

Power-grid attack fuels debate over threat of snipers vs. hackers

U.S. energy regulators’ efforts to harden the power grid against snipers and terrorists are fueling a debate over whether they’re diverting resources from other threats, like cyber attacks.  More »
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