SPECIAL REPORT: Oil, gas safety statistics mark progress

Safety statistics contradict the general public’s stereotyped image of oil and gas drilling as being a hazardous business, report spokesmen from the American Association of Drilling Engineers and the International Association of Drilling Contractors.Statistics demonstrate that industry has made great strides since the 1990s in managing risks. Industry continues working to change negative perceptions about itself, said John Lindsay, IADC chairman and Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co. executive vice-president for US and international operations, at a safety conference (OGJ, Feb. 11, 2006, p. 33).AADE national pres., Joe Leimkuhler said he shudders at the “Hollywoo...

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