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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

Summary

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

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases 2012 Data on Oil & Gas Industry Fatalities

Posted in Drilling Safety, Oil & Gas Safety, Oil Rig Safety

Summary

BOLPBlogEntry1On August 22, 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published data on oil- and-gas-related work fatalities that occurred in the United States in 2012. According to the data, 25 total fatal injuries happened in the oil and gas extraction industry.  Other key findings included:

  • 114 total fatal injuries occurred in the support activities for mining industry, which included drilling oil and gas wells, in addition to support activities for oil and gas operations.
  • 21 total fatal injuries took place in the machinery manufacturing industry, which included mining and oil and gas field machinery manufacturing, and oil and gas field machinery and equipment manufacturing.

Data on oil and gas extraction fatalities in the United States

Of the 25 fatal injuries that occurred in the oil and gas extraction industry:

  • Eight of these were due to transportation incidents;
  • Six were due to fires and explosions;
  • Five were due to falls, slips and trips, and
  • Four were due to contact with objects and equipment.
From http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bernice_1_and_2_wells_-_Arnegard_North_Dakota_-_2013-07-04.jpg

From http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bernice_1_and_2_wells_-_Arnegard_North_Dakota_-_2013-07-04.jpg

Data on fatalities in support activities for oil and gas extraction in the United States

Of the 114 fatal injuries that occurred in the support activities for mining industry:

  • 39 of these occurred in the drilling oil and gas wells subsector; and
  • 74 occurred in the support activities for oil and gas operations subsector.

Of the 39 fatal injuries that occurred in the drilling oil and gas wells subsector:

  • 10 were due to transportation incidents;
  • Six were due to fires and explosions;
  • Eight were due to falls, slips and trips;
  • Three were due to exposure to harmful substances or environments; and
  • 10 were due to contact with objects and equipment.

Of the 74 fatal injuries that occurred in the support activities for oil and gas operations subsector:

  • 44 of these were due to transportation incidents;
  • 11 were due to fires and explosions;
  • Five were due to falls, slips and trips;
  • Three were due to exposure to harmful substances or chemicals; and
  • 10 were due to contact with objects and equipment.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provided this chart in their most recent data regarding fatal occupational injuries. The chart delineates the number of fatalities by industry and event.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provided this chart in their most recent data regarding fatal occupational injuries. The chart delineates the number of fatalities by industry and event.

Data on oil and gas manufacturing fatalities in the United States

Of the 21 total fatal injuries that occurred in the machinery manufacturing industry:

  • 4 of these occurred in mining and oil and gas field machinery manufacturing subsector.
    • The data specified that one of these incidents was due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals.

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