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Oil & Gas UK: Offshore safety continues to improve

The UK oil and gas industry’s focus on continuous improvements is keeping the offshore workforce safer, according to Oil & Gas UK’s annual 2013 health and safety report, which detailed the performance of the organization’s member companies during 2012.

Alaska to submit plans to run 3D seismic on ANWR’s coastal plain

Alaska will officially submit plans to conduct 3D seismic tests on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the federal government, state officials announced on July 9.

Increased crude shipments prompts DOT to study tank car standards

Increased shipment of crude oil by rail is making the US Department of Transportation examine its tank car standards, and possibly could result in a proposal for new requirements by the yearend, an American Petroleum Institute official said.

SPDC JV debunks false claims on TNP oil spill, fire

Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC) said it has repaired the valve point and removed six other theft connections in efforts to operate the Trans Niger Pipeline safely despite sabotage and oil theft activities that led to a June fire and explosion on the system.

Ex-CIA chief calls for better protection of US energy facilities

US energy firms and government officials should be more concerned with physically protecting domestic facilities from attacks than lining up supplies, former Central Intelligence Agency Director R. James Woolsey maintained.

Deadly train derailment in Quebec carried Bakken crude

A runaway train carrying crude oil from the Bakken formation derailed early July 6 in Lac Megantic, Que., resulting in fires and explosions that destroyed much of the town, leaving dozens dead or missing, Canadian authorities said.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to EPA’s E15 rollout

The US Supreme Court refused to hear a legal challenge to the US Environmental Protection agency’s program introducing gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend to the domestic marketplace.

Shell takes FIDs for Niger Delta projects after pipeline explosion

Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC), operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC)/SPDC joint venture (SPDC JV), reported that the group has taken final investment decisions for the Trans Niger Pipeline loop-line (TNPL) and the Gbaran-Ubie Phase Two projects. Both are in Nigeria’s eastern Niger Delta.

Scottish oil, gas potential held back by UK government, energy minister says

Fergus Ewing, Scotland Minister for Energy, Enterprise, and Tourism, took the opportunity to talk to the foreign press following ceremonies hosted by Hydro Group, Aberdeen, to mark the first anniversary of Scotland’s Oil & Gas Strategy document.

Watching Government: Lautenberg's safety legacy

At first glance, Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) did not have as much impact on the oil and gas industry as other US senators before he died on June 3. A closer look, however, reveals that his ongoing interest in chemical safety left its mark on refining and petrochemicals.

US, Arkansas file joint complaint against ExxonMobil for oil leak

The US and State of Arkansas filed a joint civil lawsuit in federal court against two ExxonMobil Corp. subsidiaries stemming from a Mar. 29 rupture of their Pegasus pipeline that leaked heavy crude oil into a Mayflower, Ark., neighborhood and nearby waterways.

GDF Suez platform incident in North Sea kills two workers

Two workers were killed and another injured on the Danish North Sea L5A gas platform operated by GDF Suez SA, the company comfirmed.

Oil & Gas UK lauds final approval of EU directive on offshore safety

Oil & Gas UK commended the European Parliament for working together to achieve the EU Council of Ministers’ June 10 final adoption of the EU directive on offshore safety.

UK launches review of offshore oil and gas

The UK government has launched an independent review of nontax influences on offshore oil and gas activity, acknowledging the need for careful management of a mature but still-promising industry.

Macondo cleanup officially ends off three states

BP PLC and the US Coast Guard report that cleanup work from the Macondo oil spill has ended in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, but BP said cleanup operations continue along 84 miles of Louisiana’s coast.

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