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 […]
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.
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.
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