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The Holistic Approach to Rail Safety

regulation  energy safety  infrastructure  crude oil 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 3, 2014

About a month ago, API President and CEO Jack Gerard stressed the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to develop new federal rules to govern the shipment of crude oil by rail – the soundest way to improve the North American rail network’s already strong 99.998 percent success rate:

“API supports a rule that ultimately improves the safety of rail transportation in North America through a holistic approach while allowing for the continued growth of the energy renaissance that has created and supported millions of jobs across the U.S. and Canada.”

The goal is realizing actual safety improvement. Industry is highly motivated in the quest for safety. Hess Corporation’s Lee Johnson, rail logistics advisor:

“My view has always been that I think the oil industry is maniacally focused on safety because of the consequences of failure in anything. … Everybody is very safety conscious, safety trained and well-equipped.”

With those stakes, developing the best safety rules possible is the objective. Industry believes improving safety is a multi-faceted endeavor – requiring enhanced prevention, mitigation and response measures – and it should be science-based.

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API Standards – For Safe, Responsible Development

safety standards  energy safety  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 1, 2013

API is out with two new oil and natural gas industry standards on well design and drilling operations:

  • Deepwater well design and construction
  • Protocol for verification and validation of high-pressure, high-temperature equipment

Both represent advancements toward making oil and natural gas extraction safer – for people and the environment. David Miller, API director of standards:

“Every industry standard we develop shares the goal of safely and responsibly producing more of the energy America needs. These new guidelines will help the industry to continue operating safely in deeper, higher pressure, and higher temperature environments. As changing technologies provide better opportunities to develop the energy that fuels America, industry standards must adapt as well.”

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API Comments on DOI's Proposed Ocean Energy Safety Institute

boemre  boemre  deepwater drilling  domestic energy  energy policy  interior department  offshore drilling  offshore energy  technology  ocean energy safety institute  offshore energy development 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 1, 2010

API President and CEO Jack Gerard yesterday sent a letter to Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar, providing the industry's thoughts and concerns about the proposed Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI). This new entity, as proposed by the government, would provide a forum for a collaborative government-industry research initiative aimed at improving the safety of U.S. offshore energy development. 

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