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Take A Bow 2015 September-October OILMAN Publisher 

Take A Bow

Letter from the Publisher Luke McDonald In researching this issue it was amazing to see how the oil and gas industry has naturally progressed its safety processes and continues to implement new technologies to protect everyone and everything involved. Hint: that’s you, me, our families, neighbors, and pretty much anyone living within a hundred miles of a McDonald’s. Most people... Read More
Safety Offshore: Halliburton diver servicing a blowout off the coast of Louisiana early 1950s 2015 September-October OILMAN Pride: The Sloane Gallery - Houston TX 

Safety Offshore: Halliburton diver servicing a blowout off the coast of Louisiana early 1950s

In oil and gas safety is priority #1 and that was certainly true back when offshore production was still in its infancy. Demand for oil skyrocketed when the United States ended rations on gasoline at the end of World War II. Oil companies responded to meet this demand by drilling in the Gulf of Mexico with the help of leases... Read More
Developing Technology: Humble Oil (Standard Oil) offshore rig 1950s 2015 September-October OILMAN Pride: The Sloane Gallery - Houston TX 

Developing Technology: Humble Oil (Standard Oil) offshore rig 1950s

Each new drilling project continued to redefine the boundaries and limitations of offshore drilling. In 1963 Shell Oil surprisingly shared its revolutionary deepwater drilling technology with its competitors in a now legendary “School of Industry.” Their effort to bring their competitors up to speed fueled demand for deepwater leases beyond 300 feet and ensured they would be awarded at auction.... Read More
Rules and Standards 2015 September-October 

Rules and Standards

A look at the recent steps taken by regulators and industry to improve pipeline safety  By Jennifer Delony Industry and regulators took significant steps over the summer in the ongoing effort to bolster oil and gas pipeline safety through development of new standards and rules. The American Petroleum Institute (API) published its safety management system standard after years of collaborative development, while... Read More
API: Proposed rule ‘could make offshore operations less safe’ 2015 September-October 

API: Proposed rule ‘could make offshore operations less safe’

Edited by Jennifer Delony The American Petroleum Institute (API) in comments submitted to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) cautioned that the unintended consequences of some elements of the BSEE’s proposed rule on blowout preventer systems and well control “could make offshore operations less safe.” In a July 17 statement, Erik Milito, API upstream group director, said that certain... Read More
Industry Reacts to EPA Actions #OilmanNEWS 2015 September-October 

Industry Reacts to EPA Actions

Edited by Jennifer Delony  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan: Final Rule released on Aug. 3. EPA’s final rule establishes interim and final CO2 emission performance rates for two subcategories of fossil fuel-fired electric generating units: Fossil fuel-fired electric steam generating units (coal- and oil-fired power plants) Natural gas-fired combined cycle generating units American Petroleum Institute (API): New power plant... Read More
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