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Black Elk platform explosion caused by contractors, investigator says

A third-party investigator concluded that a failure by contractors to follow standard safety practices caused the November 2012 explosion and fire on an oil production platform operated by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC in the Gulf of Mexico

BSEE proposes changing regs to reflect technological advances

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement proposed amendments to its regulations governing offshore oil and gas operations in federal waters.

Several ‘incidents’ reduce capacity at Motiva Port Arthur refinery

Two separate “incidents” that resulted in small fires at two separate, unspecified units at Motiva Enterprices LLC’s Port Arthur, Tex., refinery complex will result in the 600,000-b/d nameplate facility being run at a reduced capacity for an indefinite period of time, a spokeswoman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC confirmed for OGJ.

Chevron Phillips Chemical gets air permits

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP has received air permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the ethylene and polyethylene projects it plans in Texas (OGJ Online, May 2, 2012).

CSIS report weighs Arctic economic opportunities, risks

In an age of uneven and uncertain global economic growth, the American Arctic—with energy resources in Alaska estimated at 29.9 billion bbl of crude oil, more than 221 tcf of natural gas, and 5.9 billion bbl of natural gas liquids—presents an attractive economic opportunity, a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies report concluded.

Chevron settles charges stemming from Richmond refinery fire

Chevron USA Inc. agreed to pay $2 million in fines on Aug. 5 as it pleaded no contest to six charges stemming from a fire at its Richmond, Calif., refinery nearly a year earlier.

Crews drilling relief well in Gulf of Mexico

Crews have started drilling a relief well to secure natural gas Well A-23 on South Timbalier Block 220 off Louisiana, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said, adding that drilling, which started on Aug. 4, is expected to take about 35 days.

EPA updates oil, gas storage tank emissions requirements

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued updates to standards it brought out in April covering air emissions from oil and gas storage tanks. The updates will phase in control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first, and will provide the necessary time to ramp up production and installation, it said.

Obama orders formation of interagency chemical safety working group

US President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Aug. 1 forming a federal interagency chemical safety and security working group in response to recent accidents.

CSIS report weighs Arctic economic opportunities, risks

In an age of uneven and uncertain global economic growth, the American Arctic—with energy resources in Alaska estimated at 29.9 billion bbl of crude oil, more than 221 tcf of natural gas, and 5.9 billion bbl of natural gas liquids—presents an attractive economic opportunity, a new Center for Strategic and International Studies report concluded.

McCarthy sees climate change as both economic, environmental issue

Addressing global climate change is as much an economic as environmental challenge, and future strategies and policies will need to recognize this, US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said in her first public address since her US Senate confirmation.

House Republicans seek information about EPA fracing investigations

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Republican leaders asked US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy how site-specific water quality investigations in Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Texas are shaping its continuing hydraulic fracturing study.

Workers prepare to drill relief well in Gulf of Mexico

Workers boarded the Hercules 265 jack up rig to install gas detectors and high-capacity water jet fire monitors, officials said, adding that responders are preparing to drill a relief well to secure a natural gas well on South Timbalier Block 220 after a well-control incident and a subsequent rig fire.

The sensitivity issue

An early peek at the next assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change hints at retreat from a vital element of global-warming alarm.

Gulf of Mexico rig fire wanes; relief well still option

The flow of natural gas under pressure from a gas well on South Timbalier Block 220 in the Gulf of Mexico remained stopped, and a fire on a jack up rig has decreased to a small flame, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said July 26, adding a relief well still might be drilled.

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