Tag: safety

Investigation tracks failure of subsea bolts

The failure of a bolt used to affix emergency equipment to a subsea well in the Gulf of Mexico should spur the oil industry to write new standards for fasteners and the oversight of contractors working offshore, investigators say.  More »

North Dakota crude no more dangerous than similar fuels, report finds

HOUSTON — An industry-funded study released Monday concluded that the oil from the Bakken region doesn’t pose a greater risk to transport than other similar, types of crude. The study is the most scientific analysis of the region’s crude so far, the North Dakota Petroleum Council said. The group hopes the report allays fears that […]  More »

Feds unveil proposed new safety rules for crude-carrying trains

Tank cars that carry crude oil across the United States would have to meet stringent new standards to improve safety and make them more resilient in an accident under proposed new rules unveiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday.  More »

Regulator: New oil train rules could have wide reach

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx suggested Monday that coming mandates to boost the safety of hauling oil by train will go beyond requiring changes to the tank cars.  More »

For some people, the “Great Crew Change” can’t come fast enough

Because people like this are EXACTLY why accidents continue to happen in the oilfield.  More »

Watery classroom teaches life-saving lessons (video)

Most people who work on offshore oil facilities — including visiting journalists — have to learn to escape an upside down, water-filled helicopter. It’s all just a drill. But the panic is real.  More »

Pipeline defects lead to new federal safety mandates on Keystone XL

Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.  More »

In the oil & gas industry, there should be no such thing as an “accident”

The “safety first” message extends – at least in theory – out to the field, where every new engineer and roughneck is constantly told “there’s no such thing as a small incident”, or “if you can’t do it safely, it’s not worth doing”.  More »

Drones give energy companies high hopes for safer work (video)

Energy companies are testing drones to inspect hard-to-reach spaces like refinery flare stacks, offshore platforms and even wind turbine blades in an effort to save time and boost worker safety.  More »

Report warns that violence could undermine Mexico energy reform

A new report from Rice University’s Baker Institute says violence in northern Mexico threatens to undermine the country’s energy reforms.  More »

Offshore safety might have a link to comfort

Want to boost safety offshore? Go to the mattresses.  More »

Offshore regulators to keep eye on bad actors

Marine and drilling regulators vowed Thursday to keep a closer watch on oil companies and contractors they say are consistently cutting corners on safety offshore.  More »
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