CSB Draft Report Finds Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventer Failed Due to Unrecognized Pipe Buckling Phenomenon During Emergency Well-Control Efforts on April 20, 2010, Leading to Environmental Disaster in Gulf of Mexico

   Report Says Similar Accident Could Still Occur, Calls for Better Management of Safety-Critical Elements by Offshore Industry, Regulators     Houston, Texas, June 5, 2014— The blowout preventer (BOP) that was intended to shut off the flow of high-pressure oil and gas from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico during the disaster on … Continue reading CSB Draft Report Finds Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventer Failed Due to Unrecognized Pipe Buckling Phenomenon During Emergency Well-Control Efforts on April 20, 2010, Leading to Environmental Disaster in Gulf of Mexico

Government Finalizes Safety Rules for Offshore Drilling

  By JOSH LEDERMAN | August 17, 2012 Government regulators issued a final set of safety rules for offshore drilling Wednesday, fine-tuning a series of emergency measures put in place after the BP oil spill in 2010. Oil industry groups reacted tepidly, saying they were still poring over the 137-page rule released by the Interior … Continue reading Government Finalizes Safety Rules for Offshore Drilling

DOL Announces a Settlement With BP Over Texas City Refinery Violations Cited in 2009 Explosion

OSHA- DOL to announce a settlement on Thursday with BP Plc's U.S. refining subsidiary over safety violations found at the company's Texas City, Texas, refinery in 2009, according to a statement issued Wednesday. BP has been trying to sell the nation's sixth-largest refinery and a settlement would make the facility more attractive to potential buyers. … Continue reading DOL Announces a Settlement With BP Over Texas City Refinery Violations Cited in 2009 Explosion

CSB Investigation into Macondo Blowout and Explosion in Gulf of Mexico Continues; Two Public Hearings and Interim Reports Scheduled for this Year

April 19, 2012 Washington, DC, April 19, 2012 — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced today that its investigation into the April 20, 2010 Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico is progressing, with two interim reports with findings and recommendations to be released this year. A final report is … Continue reading CSB Investigation into Macondo Blowout and Explosion in Gulf of Mexico Continues; Two Public Hearings and Interim Reports Scheduled for this Year

Michaels on Gulf Cleanup Workers: We Were Trying Not to Kill Them

May 25, 2011 10:58 AM, By Sandy Smith The greatest threat facing the Gulf Coast clean up workers following the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil leak wasn’t the murky, oily water or various safety hazards, says OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels. It was the summer weather found in the Gulf of Mexico. There were tens … Continue reading Michaels on Gulf Cleanup Workers: We Were Trying Not to Kill Them

BP’s Safety Drive Faces Rough Road

By GUY CHAZAN - Wall Street Journal Associated PressA BP operation in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's North Slope.   Bob Dudley, the new chief executive of BP PLC, has vowed to change the safety culture of the accident-prone oil giant in the wake of the deadly explosion and spill at one of its wells … Continue reading BP’s Safety Drive Faces Rough Road

Massey CEO to Take the 5th in Mine Disaster Probe

Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will not cooperate fully with a probe into the catastrophic mine explosion that killed 29 workers at the company’s West Virginia coal mine last April, according to a story today by Charleston Gazette reporter, Ken Ward, Jr. The explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine was the deadliest U.S. mining … Continue reading Massey CEO to Take the 5th in Mine Disaster Probe

Louisiana Oil Spill Gets Worse: New Leak Increases Estimated Spill By Five Times

An oil spill that threatened to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez disaster spread out of control with a faint sheen washing ashore along the Gulf Coast Thursday night as fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp and crews spread floating barriers around marshes. The spill was bigger than imagined – five times more than first estimated … Continue reading Louisiana Oil Spill Gets Worse: New Leak Increases Estimated Spill By Five Times