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BP posts gulf environmental data online; plans more for 2014

Information about offshore water conditions in the Gulf of Mexico was posted online, BP PLC reported, saying that BP, federal and state agencies, and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) collected the information following the deepwater Macondo well blowout in 2010.

Chevron’s Pascagoula refinery running at normal rates

Chevron Corp’s 330,000-b/d Pascagoula, Miss., refinery is operating at normal rates following a Nov. 15 fire at a furnace in the Cracking II unit area of the plant.

Chevron monitoring Milford, Tex., rupture site

Chevron Pipeline Co. continues to depressurize the West Texas LPG pipeline that ruptured and ignited Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. CST near Milford, Tex. The fire continues to decrease in size as residual product is flared and burned-off. Chevron continues to monitor a nearby 14-in. OD LPG pipeline and is in the process of removing product from it and depressurizing it.

West Texas LPG Pipeline explodes in Milford, Tex.

The 10-in. OD West Texas LPG Pipeline operated by Chevron Pipeline Co. in partnership with Atlas Pipeline Partners LP ruptured at 9:40 a.m. local time and sparked a large fire in rural Milford, Tex., about 50 miles south of Dallas. Fire crews were letting the fire burn itself out, with local officials estimating this would take roughly 24 hr.

BSEE cites Black Elk, contractors for noncompliance incidents

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a total of 41 incidents of noncompliance (INC) resulting from an investigation into a 2012 explosion and fire on a Gulf of Mexico platform operated by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations.

Redford sees rail problems entering the Keystone XL debate

Some US officials raised greenhouse gas concerns as increasing amounts of Alberta’s heavy crude oil move by rail while approval of the Keystone XL pipeline’s cross-border permit continues to be delayed, Premier Allison Redford said after concluding her fifth Washington visit to lobby for the project.

ExxonMobil gets 90-day extension to file Pegasus repair plan

The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) granted ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. a 90-day extension to submit a plan to repair its 20-in. OD, 848-mile Pegasus crude oil pipeline. Pegasus ruptured Mar. 29 near Mayflower, Ark., about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock, releasing an estimated 5,000 bbl.

WoodMac examines rising water risks for oil, gas industry

The oil and gas industry increasingly will mitigate water-related business risks using technology and transparency in future years when world water supplies are forecast to become scarce, said a report from Wood Mackenzie Ltd. which used data and analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Wyoming formally adopts baseline water testing requirement

Wyoming’s state government formally adopted a requirement on Nov. 12 for oil and gas producers to test nearby water bodies before and after drilling their wells, effective Mar. 1, 2014.

Citgo restarts atmospheric distillation unit at Lemont

Citgo Petroleum Corp. has successfully resumed operations at the atmospheric distillation tower of its 167,000-b/d Lemont, Ill., refinery following a fire that damaged the crude unit late last month.

Watching Government: Salerno on risks, safety

Collaboration will be critical as new offshore oil and gas safety standards and developed and best practices are identified, US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Brian Salerno declared.

Texas A&M center to manage Ocean Energy Safety Institute

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has selected a Texas A&M University center to manage the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI), a cooperative program promoting safety and environmental protection in offshore exploration, drilling, and production.

Senators question EPA’s estimated methane emissions from gas operations

Two Republican senators urged the US Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its methods of calculating methane emissions from natural gas operations and to also reconsider its earlier estimates.

Arctic study targets Prudhoe Bay effects

An examination of the effects of oil industry installations around Prudhoe Bay is one of two studies of Arctic sustainability selected for funding by a joint program of the National Science Foundation, US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and international partners.

BSEE: Black Elk failed to supervise contractors in 2012 platform fire

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC failed to properly supervise its contractors, contributing to a series of events and decisions associated with a Nov. 16, 2012, explosion and fire on Black Elk West Delta Block 32 Platform E in the Gulf of Mexico about 17 miles off Grand Isle, La., the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

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