The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking steps to ensure portions of the agency’s 2016 New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry do not take effect while the agency works through the reconsideration process. Forty-thousand doctors, nurses, and public-health professionals have asked the oil and gas industry to stop opposing policies to reduce methane emissions.
Ahead of the release of the Trump administration's changes to Obama-era rules governing offshore oil platforms, Michael Bromwich said he is worried. "I don't think they are in the public's interest," he said. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced updated Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems regulations. The revisions reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens while ensuring that operations remain safe and environmentally responsible. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s SafeOCS program has released its 2017 annual report on Blowout Prevention System Safety, noting 18 of 25 operators associated with rig operations in the Gulf of Mexico reported 1,129 equipment component failure events.
A new tool enables variable bore rams and shear rams to be tested in one run, cutting rig time significantly. Developing a well-specific subsea-capping contingency plan involves assessing the feasibility of deploying a capping stack from a floating vessel, determining the weight and stability, and performing dynamic-flow simulations of closing the capping stack outlets. Despite multitier safeguards, blowouts occur. When such accidents happen, rate estimation is an important and daunting task.
Well integrity and well barriers have been part of the exploitation for oil and gas for nearly a century, with the introduction of the blowout preventer (BOP) in the 1920s. In response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident that claimed the lives of 11 men and led to the worst oil spill in United States history, the offshore industry devised new technologies and methods that would allow for a quicker response in the US Gulf of Mexico.
In this study, pressure-while-drilling technologies are combined with software simulations to differentiate drilling-fluid thermal expansion, wellbore ballooning, and formation influx during riserless drilling operations. A scientist hired by federal regulators to look for ways to reduce the risk of well blowouts said it is time for the oil and gas industry to treat kicks taken while drilling the same way doctors treat heart attacks.
With the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement as a cochair of the steering committee, SPE held a 2-day summit in April to discuss the development and implementation of an industrywide safety-data sharing framework. More precise measurement can create a dilemma. One example is the precise fluid flow measurements used to control managed pressure drilling (MPD) systems. A scientist hired by federal regulators to look for ways to reduce the risk of well blowouts said it is time for the oil and gas industry to treat kicks taken while drilling the same way doctors treat heart attacks. The United States’ top offshore regulator said his agency is adopting new policies and measures to improve its working relationship with the offshore industry.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in crude oil can be released to the atmosphere from storage tanks, waste waters, and equipment leaks. A pilot-scale sequential biotrickling/biofiltration unit was designed and tested for removal of VOCs from a wastewater sump. The US EPA’s 2016 New Source Performance Standards updated the 2012 standards by adding requirements for the industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, specifically methane. The 2016 NSPS also covers hydraulically fractured oil wells and production, processing, transmission and storage activities.
But there are several ways that operators and service providers can mitigate this “bullwhip effect.” Completion-System Reliability: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? All completion systems should enable the safe and profitable extraction of reserves. To maximize the useful life of the completions system, reliability of components, configurations, and processes should be maximized. Knowledge is at the risk of being lost in the oil and gas industry.
The program includes water-filtration systems and water health and hygiene education in 10 Indonesian villages. The US Environmental Protection Agency recently requested public comments on whether pollutant discharges that reach "waters of the United States" are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act and require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. Water management for upstream will transform over the next few years. In many cases, more-effective water management will only be possible with water infrastructure.
In this case, a film guides the audience to make positive, personal choices whenever planning and operating a work at height. Safety depends on developing a dedicated culture mind-set and mitigation of risks, from the planning and engineering phases to the work site. These papers selected by OGF technical paper editor Gerald Verbeek present various practices for reducing and eliminating the number of incidents. The new satellite will build on the success of the company's demonstration satellite Claire, which has performed over 2,500 observations of oil and gas facilities as well as other natural and industrial sources of carbon dioxide and methane. Pipeline approvals can be a polarizing topic and advocacy for their viability is crucial for companies.