Oil and Gas Safety Advisor

Oil and Gas Safety Advisor

Providing Analysis on the Latest in Oil & Gas Safety Developments

OIL FIELD WORKERS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS TO OVERTIME PAY

Posted in Uncategorized, Wage & Hour Litigation

 

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The U.S. has strict laws that protect the rights of workers. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 specifically addresses the right of all workers to be paid a fair wage. The act further requires that most “non-exempt” workers must be paid one and half times their hourly rate for any overtime work. Overtime work is defined as any work done over forty hours per week.

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LARGE NUMBER OF U.S. OIL AND GAS WELLS ARE NOT INSPECTED BY FEDERAL REGULATORS

Posted in Fracking Adverse Consequences, Oil & Gas Production Environmental Risks

In recent years, the U.S. has experienced an increase in oil and gas well production, particularly due to the growing use of fracking as a technique of extraction. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a technique wherein large amounts of chemicals, water and sand are pumped into the ground to extract oil and gas. Continue Reading

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ISSUES ORDER REQUIRING STRICTER SAFETY STANDARDS ON THE TRANSPORT OF CRUDE OIL BY RAIL

Posted in Oil & Gas Pipeline Transmission, Oil & Gas Safety, Pipeline Safety

On February 25, 2014, the New York Times published an article regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recent announcement that orders shippers to correctly label and test crude oil that comes from the Bakken region before loading this product onto freight trains. Continue Reading

CRUDE OIL SPILLED BY TRAINS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH

Posted in Oil & Gas Pipeline Transmission, Oil & Gas Safety, Uncategorized

Two major train derailments in 2013 were the leading cause of the significant amount of crude oil spilled by trains in the United States in 2013.  The volume of crude oil spilled exceeded totals for the previous 40 years and has some asking if this new emerging form of transportation for crude oil is worth it.

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OIL RAIL ACCIDENTS POINT TO PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS

Posted in Oil & Gas Pipeline Transmission, Oil & Gas Safety

On January 26, 2014, the Washington Times published an article regarding the growing number of oil rail accidents that have occurred throughout North America in recent years. These accidents pose a serious threat to public safety and point to a growing concern with the transportation of oil by rail throughout the country. Continue Reading

Earthquakes in Texas call into question safety of oil and gas drilling

Posted in Drilling Safety, Oil & Gas Production Environmental Risks, Oil & Gas Safety

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On January 11, 2014, CBS News released a news story regarding the recent increase in earthquakes seen in the small town of Azle, Texas. Since November 2013 alone, the Barnett Shale area where Azle is located has recorded 32 earthquakes, with the strongest earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.7. Continue Reading

Texas Railroad Commission to Hire Seismologist

Posted in Fracking Adverse Consequences, Oil & Gas Production Environmental Risks

On January 7, 2014 the Texas Railroad Commission announced that it will proceed with hiring a seismologist to investigate a rash of recent earthquakes near the Barnett Shale.  The announcement follows a town hall meeting held by the Texas Railroad Commission with residents of the areas affected by the earthquakes.  Continue Reading