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The worker on the Pacific Santa Ana was killed as the drillship prepared to bore a well for Chevron, BP and ConocoPhillips.
Workers reacted too slowly to stop a Gulf of Mexico well blowout that forced the evacuation of 44 people and ignited a fire that raged for two days in 2013, according to a federal investigation.
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.
The incident marks the second significant spill this year for Houston-based Plains, which is still trying to clean up crude from southern California beaches contaminated after more than 100,000 gallons of oil escaped a pipeline in May. A House committee is set to grill the nation’s top pipeline regulator about delayed safety mandates on Tuesday.
Shell’s contracted ice management vessel, the MSV Fennica, is being examined by marine experts, but it is uncertain how quickly a breach in its hull can be repaired and whether this will delay the company’s hopes to begin drilling an oil well in the Chukchi Sea later this month.
Increasing computerization and automation offshore open up the possibility of dangerous disruptions, driven by errant software updates and plugged-in flash drives. One incident has already taken place.
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.
Four fiery oil train accidents illustrate the need for a rapid phase out of “antiquated” tank cars that are prone to rupture, lawmakers say.
Louisiana officials have identified the man who died in a Nov. 20 explosion at an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.