Safety

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The energy industry is a seemingly nonstop engine (or drill) of innovation, extracting oil and natural gas in specific locations – and by all manner of ways – once deemed impossible. But these advances below ground, no doubt a triumph of engineering and technology, may soon pale before the strides above ground: The aerial mastery of the… Keep reading →

Russian Gas Supplies Through Ukraine Turned Off

If there is one thing the energy industry can do to better itself, as winter approaches and storms rage along the California coast, and freezing temperatures hit the Gulf regions of Texas and Louisiana, and the ground hardens in the Midwest, it is this: Inspect and test, to ensure the safety of all exposed equipment.… Keep reading →

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Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a dynamic source of power – for oil and gas development, job creation and domestic energy independence. Its reach goes far beyond any physical depths in which advanced machinery and innovative means of extraction penetrate thick layers of rock. Its proliferation is a matter of fact, which depends on sophisticated… Keep reading →

Rules for Rail Transport of Crude Oil and Ethanol Still a Work in Progress

High Gas Prices Prompt Bush's Decision To Lift Ban On Offshore Oil Drilling

Offshore Drilling Could Return To California If Lawmakers Approve Budget

Industry’s commitment to enhancing the safety to offshore energy development in the four years since the Macondo incident was reflected in a half-day program on prevention and response sponsored by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) at last week’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston. The COS hosted two panel discussions – one focused on developing effective safety systems,… Keep reading →

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After a handful of false starts and accidents, Shell’s multi-billion dollar bet on offshore Alaskan oil and gas  exploration was put on hold for 2014. And now a Coast Guard report claims the oil major prioritized financial interests over safety with its fateful decision to tow a drilling rig to Seattle for repairs on New Year’s… Keep reading →

Royal Arctic Expedition On The Icebreaker 'Oden'

The Arctic – a cohesive region located north of the Arctic Circle – falls under the separate jurisdiction of eight countries with a population of about 4.2 million people and an annual economy of about US$230 billion. Interestingly, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic draws a nice comparison to “emerging markets”… Keep reading →

Polar Vortex Weather System Brings Artic Temperatures Across Wide Swath Of U.S.

The revolution in North American energy development has been made possible by technological breakthroughs in decades-old methods of energy development, which has set this nation on the path to energy security, a concept unthinkable just a few years ago. The energy policies we choose today will determine if our nation will continue its march toward… Keep reading →

High Gas Prices Prompt Bush's Decision To Lift Ban On Offshore Oil Drilling

With pipeline infrastructure lagging the rapid increase in US crude oil production, railroads have been the preferred option for moving product to market, but a number of high-profile accidents involving crude oil tank cars are raising concerns. [New York Times] The recent UN Investor Summit on Climate Risk highlights the growth in sustainable investing and… Keep reading →

Inside Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station

Nuclear faces a somewhat uncertain future in the US, owing to questions about costs – especially in an era of cheap natural gas – as well as safety concerns and public acceptance issues in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. But another pressing concern for the industry is how to fill rapidly rising job vacancies… Keep reading →

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