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U.S. On Track for Highest Oil Output Ever in 2018

According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. is currently on track to produce crude oil at a rate of 9.9 million barrels per day in 2018 —a historic record for our nation. Output ...
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Improvements in Offshore Oil Rigs after Deepwater Horizon

In April 2010, the world witnessed one of the worst oil rig explosions in the industry’s history. Eleven workers died in the accident and many others were injured. The environment was ...
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The 3 Primary Types of Offshore Oil Rigs

In the late 1950s, the oil industry began to push itself out into deeper and deeper waters for oil exploration. As onshore resources began to shrink and competition in the industry continued to grow, ...
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Report Shows Cost of Karnes County Rig Explosion

Over a month after the Eagle Ford shale oil rig explosion in Karnes County, Texas, the operator of the rig, Encana, released a report to state regulators that details the cost of the explosion. In the ...
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Offshore Oil Rig Workers May Get Stronger Whistleblower Protections

Lawmakers in Washington D.C. are considering a bill that would provide offshore oil workers on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) additional whistleblower protections. OCS workers do not currently have ...
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North Dakota Oil Fields Among Most Dangerous Workplaces in Country

North Dakota experienced a huge population growth early in the 20th century as immigrants moved west to take advantage of the abundant farmland the state had to offer. However, North Dakota's ...
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Cause of Deadly Oklahoma Rig Fire Pinpointed

In December of 2014, three workers were killed and two others were injured when an oil rig in Coalgate, Oklahoma exploded. After a thorough investigation into the cause of the explosion, officials ...
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Timeline of Catastrophic Oil Rig Explosions

Drilling for oil is an inherently dangerous endeavor. Oil companies and rig workers must take extreme precaution during all parts of the drilling process to avoid disaster. Even one slight mistake or ...
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Update: Eagle Ford Oil Rig Explosion

On May 19, an oil well near Karnes City, Texas on the Eagle Ford shale exploded and caused the evacuation of over 20 homes in the area. The evacuation was a precautionary measure because officials ...
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Oil Well Explodes on Eagle Ford Shale

On Tuesday afternoon, an oil well on the Eagle Ford Shale exploded. While no injuries have been reported, officials evacuated nearby homes as a precautionary measure. The explosion occurred at well ...
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Contractors Injured in Wyoming Oil Rig Fire

On Friday, May 1, two contractors were injured when an oil rig operated by Chesapeake Energy caught fire near Douglas, Wyoming. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but it is believed that gas may ...
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Worker Burned in Fire at Alabama Oil Facility

On Saturday, an oil field worker in Alabama suffered severe burns at an oil facility. The incident occurred Saturday morning just outside of Flomaton. The injured worker was taken to a nearby hospital ...
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Oil Industry Claims Better Ability to Clean Up Offshore Spills

Offshore rig explosions are not only dangerous to the workers on the rig, they also have the potential to cause large scale oil spills that have drastic impacts on the environment and coastal ...
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Offshore Drilling Safety Improved in Computer Simulation

Offshore drilling has the potential to uncover massive untapped oil beds, but the conditions of the sea and the depths at which the rigs must drill can make offshore drilling very challenging and ...
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New Federal Regulations Focus on Fracking Safety

Last week, the Obama Administration announced new federal regulations aimed at improving safety procedures in the hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) process. Fracking is not a new process, but it has ...
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Oil Rig Explosion Kills 3 West Texas Workers

Another oil rig explosion has claimed the life of three rig workers. On Tuesday morning, an oil rig exploded near Rankin, Texas – a small, rural West Texas town about 30 minutes south of ...
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Providing More Safety for Oil Rig Workers

Whether onshore or offshore, no one can deny that working on an oil rig is a dangerous job. The combination of harsh conditions, heavy machinery, and the inherent risks of drilling for combustible ...
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Proper Equipment Maintenance Essential to Preventing Oil Rig Accidents

Oil rigs are an inherently dangerous working environment. Due to the nature of the operation and the combustible materials on the rig, following proper safety protocols is paramount in order to avoid ...
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Oil Rig Worker Falls to his Death

Last Monday, an oil rig worker fell to his death in South Texas. The incident occurred in a rural part of Goliad County just outside of Victoria, Texas. The worker was approaching the top of a 50 foot ...
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Explosion on Brazil Oil Rig Kills Five Workers

An oil rig explosion on Wednesday 120 miles off the coast of Brazil killed five workers and at least ten more were injured. According to members of the oil workers' union, the explosion was caused ...
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Dangers on the Bakken Shale

The Bakken shale is located in western North Dakota. At 200,000 square miles, it is the second largest shale play in the United States. At its peak, there have been almost 200 active oil rigs pumping ...
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North Dakota Records Its First Oil Rig Fatality of the Year

Over the past decade, business has been booming in North Dakota as the oil industry devoted a lot of resources to hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The Bakken shale in western North Dakota is the ...
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Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion: Preliminary Report Released

On December 18, 2014, an oil rig owned by Pablo Energy exploded in Coal County, Oklahoma about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The explosion and ensuing fire killed three workers and injured two ...
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Life Raft Training Necessary in the Event of Emergency Evacuation

In the event that an oil rig or maritime vessel must be evacuated, life rafts provide life-saving help. Along with life jackets, rafts can save workers from drowning and allow them to safely wait for ...
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Welding Safety a Must on Oil Rigs

Among the many hazardous jobs onboard offshore oil rigs, welding presents its own unique set of risks. In addition to other issues, if safety practices are neglected, a welding accident can lead to ...
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