SPECIAL REPORT: Refiners apply safety lessons from BP Texas City explosion
Refiners are applying safety lessons while BP PLC responds to recommendations from the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) following the deadly Mar. 23, 2005, explosion at BP America Inc.’s Texas City, Tex., refinery.
SPECIAL REPORT: How refiners can prepare for NEP inspections by OSHA
Inspection teams from the US Department of Occupational Safety & Health Administration are visiting refineries as part of the National Emphasis Program (NEP).
Republican platform’s energy, environment planks no surprise
Republicans adopted a 2008 national campaign platform on Sept. 1 that included a call to “aggressively increase our nation’s energy supply in an environmentally responsible way.
WATCHING GOVERNMENT: Palin’s presence may help the GOP
Sen. John McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate could give Republicans a way to more effectively make energy the primary 2008 presidential campaign issue.
IPAMS to Democrats: Quit promoting dishonest energy claims
The Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States on Aug. 28 charged that governmental red tape and environmentalist hindrances are the primary causes of lease development delays, and it urged Democrats to cease the inflammatory and erroneous claim that US producers are just “sitting on” 68 million acres of leased land as the fall campaigns get under way.
Azerbaijan export pipeline issues prompt Cheney visit
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin claimed that his country’s actions in recent hostilities with Georgia “did not in any way damage energy facilities”—including the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.
WATCHING THE WORLD: Consider the bear necessities
The search for oil and gas takes humankind to some of the farthest reaches of the globe, and there are times when the search may take them into areas that are more controversial than dangerous.
COMPANY NEWS: BP, Chesapeake establish Fayetteville shale JV
BP America and Chesapeake Energy Corp. plan to establish a joint venture that will produce 180 MMcfd of gas equivalent from shale assets in Arkansas.
PERSONNEL MOVES AND PROMOTIONS: Murphy Oil makes executive changes
Murphy Oil Corp. announced that Claiborne P. Deming, president and chief executive officer of the company since 1994, will retire effective Dec. 31.