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Oceaneering International displays its remotely operated underwater vehicle at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston on Monday. Oceaneering's ROVs took part in repairing damage at a blown-out well during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill five years ago.

OTC: Robots and automation offshore create new safety and cyber risks

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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.
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Rappelling trick shows off gear at OTC

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A rappelling display is only one of the activities happening at 3M’s OTC booth.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senator wants tougher rules for volatile oil moved by rail

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Sen. Charles Schumer wants federal regulators to require crude to be stripped of volatile compounds before it is loaded into rail cars criss-crossing the country.
The Helix Q4000 was deployed in September 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico during the BP oil spill. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Helix earnings down 78 percent

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Offshore services company Helix Energy Solutions Group’s earnings fell 78 percent in the fourth quarter, the company reported Monday, largely the result of more of its vessels sitting unused.
(James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

One Halliburton worker dead, two injured in Colorado accident

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Halliburton Co. confirmed that one worker died and two were injured during an accident in Colorado Thursday.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

In search of safety, utilities bring in experts: each other

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The American Gas Association is taking a page from the nuclear and airline industries in a new push to make pipelines and utilities safer.
Shown is the lower half of a failed lower marine riser package connector. (Photo: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Investigation tracks failure of subsea bolts

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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.
(AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald, Scott Terrell)

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

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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 […]
Tank cars carrying oil and other materials travel through the nation's capital. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Feds unveil proposed new safety rules for crude-carrying trains

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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.
Tank cars carrying oil and other materials travel through the nation's capital. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Regulator: New oil train rules could have wide reach

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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.