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Brian Salerno, then-deputy commandant for operations for the U.S. Coast Guard, testifies during a hearing before a House subcommittee in Washington, D.C. in April 2012. Salerno now is the  head of the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith/U.S. Coast Guard)

Regulator says collaboration needed offshore

One of the biggest obstacles in boosting the safety of offshore drilling is making sure a massive web of contractors and oil companies are working collaboratively to prevent accidents, a top federal regulator says.
Ron Harrell, Chairman Emeritus, Ryder Scott Company speaks during the OTC conference.  (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

Universities and industry collaborating more to meet each other’s needs

Universities and oil and gas firms are sharing resources, technology and thinkers more today than ever before in an effort to promote each other’s priorities and solve a staffing shortage of engineers in some fields.
(Photo: Michael Henninger/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Cutting water use, costs, through teamwork

Shale drilling could be more profitable and more environmentally friendly if companies were willing to put up with an ugly concept: Working with the competition.