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Lukoil Overseas reports three fatalities in helicopter crash off Ghana

Lukoil Overseas reported that a helicopter on contract to the company and operated by the local airline carrier crashed on May 8 in coastal waters offshore Ghana about 3.4 nautical miles from Takoradi.

OTC: Engineers consider human factors in offshore designs

Offshore engineers increasingly are taking human factors into account when designing oil and gas equipment, said speakers participating in a May 5 Offshore Technology Conference technical session entitled “Human Factors in Engineers.” The panelists wrote OTC papers on the topic.

OTC: Oil spill prevention an international issue, DOE says

Oil spill prevention in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and around the world is an international challenge where nations must work together to avoid another major incident, said Christopher Smith, principal deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of Energy, during a May 6 panel discussion at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

Statoil’s Lund cites three global challenges for oil, gas

The global oil and gas industry will simultaneously need to become more economically competitive, environmentally benign, and socially responsible if it expects to survive, Statoil ASA Chief Execute Helge Lund suggested.

Rockefeller bill would expand carbon dioxide EOR tax credits

US Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) introduced legislation that would increase tax credits for using carbon dioxide in enhanced oil recovery, and establish a certification process to help future projects obtain financing.

Full set of tools needed for US Arctic spill response, NRC finds

A full slate of response tools will be needed to address crude oil spills in the US Arctic, but not all of those tools are readily available, the National Research Council said in a new report.

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OFFSHORE DRILLING RISKS—1: Study: Risk indicators have varying impact on mitigation

More oil and gas wells are drilled onshore than offshore, requiring more man hours and creating more exposure to risk. As a result, onshore drilling consistently has higher lost-time-incident (LTI) rates and total-recordable-incident (TRI) rates than offshore.

NTSB begins investigation of Virginia crude train derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board took charge of the investigation into the Apr. 30 derailment of a train carrying crude oil in Lynchburg, Va., but it will be months before conclusions are reached and recommendations are issued, the investigator-in-charge said.

Magnolia LNG files formal FERC application

Magnolia LNG LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd., Perth, has filed an application with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking authorization for the siting, construction, ownership, and operation of the proposed Magnolia LNG project along the Calcasieu River, near Lake Charles, La.

Train carrying crude derails, catches fire in Virginia

A train carrying crude oil derailed Apr. 30 in Lynchburg, Va., setting 3 cars on fire, CSX Transportation announced. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported, although some businesses and residents nearby were evacuated, it said.

FERC releases final EIS for Cameron LNG project

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Apr. 30 released its final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Cameron Liquefaction Project, proposed by Cameron LNG LLC and Cameron Interstate Pipeline, concluding that construction and operation would result in some adverse environmental impacts.

API asks EPA for adequate margin of safety in 2014’s ethanol mandates

The US Environmental Protection Agency should be prepared to build in an adequate margin of safety when it develops final ethanol mandates for 2014 because forecasts often miss the mark, the American Petroleum Institute said in an Apr. 29 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

States to investigate whether injection wells induce seismic events

State oil and gas regulators and geologic surveys are forming a working group with the Interstate Oil & Gas Conservation Commission and Groundwater Protection Council to examine whether a relationship exists between injection wells and seismic events in several states, IOGCC said on Apr. 29.

EPA cuts 2013 cellulosic-ethanol mandate

The US Environmental Protection Agency lowered the amount of cellulosic ethanol required in 2013 to the amount actually produced, relieving refiners and importers of the need to buy credits to cover shortfalls against the earlier mandate.

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