Posts filtered on Tag


(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Pair of Houston-area reps push for more pipeline inspectors

WASHINGTON — Texas lawmakers are trying to kickstart government hiring of more federal inspectors to watch over the 2.6 million miles of pipelines that carry oil and other fuels across the United States. The legislators, including Houston’s Gene Green, a Democrat, and Republican Pete Olson of Sugar Land, are pushing legislation that would give the […]
A July 24, 2013 photo by the U.S. Coast Guard shows a natural gas fire aboard the Hercules 265 rig that caused significant damage and forced the evacuation of the crew. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Investigation faults slow response and equipment failure in 2013 blowout of Gulf well

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.
Commercial vessels spray water on the fire aboard the West Delta 32 production platform. (Coast Guard photo)

Houston’s Black Elk Energy facing criminal charges for fatal Gulf explosion

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.
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

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.

Rappelling trick shows off gear at OTC

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

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

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

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

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

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.