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The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. (Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

OSHA says open-flame heater caused gas rig fire that killed three Oklahoma workers

Records indicate that the company, Dan D Drilling, was cited in June 2013 for allowing the use of an open-flame heater on one of its rigs. Dan D Drilling received 10 OSHA violations and faces penalties.
(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

3 workers killed in West Texas oil field rig explosion

The well is owned by Parsley Energy of Midland. Company spokeswoman Lisa Elliott says the workers who died were employed by Mason Well Service Ltd. of Odessa, an independent contractor.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

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.
Tesoro Corp.'s Golden Eagle Refinery, where two workers were recently sprayed with sulfuric acid, sits near Interstate 680 close to the Waterbird Regional Preserve in Pacheco. (Michael Short/special To The San Francisco Chronicle)

Tesoro bars federal safety agency from East Bay refinery

In an unprecedented challenge, Tesoro Corp. has barred federal authorities from going inside its refinery near Martinez to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe, The Chronicle has learned.
Smoke and flames billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/ContraCosta Times, D. Ross Cameron )

Chevron ignored warnings before refinery fire, safety report says

The fire at Chevron Corp.’s refinery in Richmond, California, last year that sickened thousands was caused by the company ignoring a decade’s worth of calls for inspections and upgrades of piping that eventually corroded and failed, a federal safety report said today.

OSHA cites Houston manufacturer after worker struck by machine part

The agency has proposed penalties totaling $199,800 for four repeat and three serious violations, according to OSHA.
Oil cleanup workers hired by BP pick up oil on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., in July 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Blood tests show elevated health risks for Gulf spill cleanup workers

Blood test results on some workers who cleaned up beaches and marshes after the 2010 Gulf oil spill suggest they may be at elevated risk for cancer and other disorders.

3 firms face fines in Parachute spill cleanup

Federal regulators have proposed fines for a Williams Co. contractor and subsidiary following a natural gas liquids leak that was discovered in March near Parachute.
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Company fined after equipment amputates workers’ fingers

OSHA cited Piping Technology & Products with one willful violation. Willful violations include allegations that a company acted with indifference to worker health or safety or either knew or disregarded the federal rules.
White smoke rises from the Chevron refinery during a controlled burn, the morning after a toxic fire in Richmond, Calif.  (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Laura A. Oda)

California considers tripling number of refinery inspectors

The California proposal on the governor’s desk would help close regulatory gaps that federal investigators found played a role in the fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery last year, supporters say. Currently, the state has just seven inspectors. The added help would bring the total to 26 under the new budget.