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Making Offshore Operations Even Safer

offshore safety  center for offshore safety  macondo well  oil spill response  oil spill prevention  gulf of mexico  deep water drilling  industry standards 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 9, 2015

Three zeroes stand out in the first annual performance report by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS), the oil and natural gas industry-led initiative to promote continuous offshore safety improvement following the 2010 Macondo incident: Zero fatalities, zero loss-of-well-control incidents and zero oil spills equal to or greater than 10,000 gallons in Gulf of Mexico operations.

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A Commitment to Offshore Safety

oil and natural gas development  offshore safety operations  oil spill prevention  oil spill response  spill cleanup technology 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 21, 2014

The recent International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Savannah, Ga., underscored the oil and natural gas industry’s continuing commitment to safe energy development – using new technologies and deployed expertise to quickly and appropriately respond in the event of an accidental spill.

Below, check out a new video featuring conference attendees, talking about IOSC’s valuable role in bringing together experts, service providers and government officials in the broad effort to keep improving the safety of offshore oil and natural gas development.

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Developing Offshore Energy Safely

technology innovation  technology  oil spill response 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 9, 2014

Preventing spills, preparing for the possibility of spills, responding to incidents and restoration planning were the focus of the 2014 International Oil Spill Conference – a week-long discussion/demonstration of industry’s commitment to safe and responsible energy development and environmental safety. The exercise on the Savannah River shows how robotics, modern communications and other techniques pinpoint a spill’s location while feeding video, photos, water samples and other data to decision makers nearby or half a world away via satellite link.

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Continually Raising the Bar on Safety

economic growth  oil spill prevention and response  Safety  Spill Prevention  spill response  dispersants  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 8, 2014

Highlights from API President and CEO Jack Gerard’s remarks at the 2014 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Savannah, Ga.:

  • The United States’ rise to energy superpower status, built on surging oil and natural gas production, will demand increased energy infrastructure.
  • Greater demand for energy will spotlight the oil and natural gas industry’s ability to develop reserves, but also how well industry transports and stores the energy it produces.
  • Continuing to add to and improve industry’s ability to prevent and prepare for spills, as well as its response if incidents occur, will be key to sustaining America’s oil and natural gas renaissance.

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Website is Animated About Spill Prevention, Safety

spill response  rapid response system for spills  pipeline safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 5, 2014

The animation below is just one example of the educational features that can be found on OilSpillPrevention.org, our new website that launched last month. The site is full of information about the oil and natural gas industry’s efforts to meet the nation’s energy needs while maintaining safe and environmentally sound operations.

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Oil Spill Prevention Site Launches

pipeline safety  oil  oil spill prevention  oil spill response  oil spill prevention and response 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 7, 2013

The oil and natural gas industry’s commitment to spill prevention and an improved response if one occurs is illustrated in a just-launched website – oilspillinfo.org – that includes information, graphics, animations and other resources for industry members as well as the general public

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Drilling Safety, Energy Security

center for offshore safety  domestic energy  domestic energy security  domestic exploration  domestic production  energy supply  gulf of mexico  oil access  oil production  spill response  oil safety  oil spill prevention and response  oil spill response  oil spill prevention 

Jack Gerard

Jack Gerard
Posted May 25, 2011

Our industry's longstanding commitment to safe operations was questioned by some after last year's tragic spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Today, we have more than 20 industry groups working concurrently on improving spill prevention and response. Oil companies are committing resources in the form of dollars, time and expertise to ensure that these improvements are implemented.

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Capping Stack: A Positive Outcome from a Tragic Accident

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy iq  gulf of mexico  offshore operations  oil spill  safety standards  spill response  technology innovation  department of the interior  oil spill containment 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 18, 2011

It looks like a child's toy gyroscope on steroids, and it has the technology necessary to stop the flow from a well blowout on the ocean floor. It's the capping stack developed and built by a consortium of oil companies in response to the unprecedented Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago. 

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The Oil Spill Suit

bp  deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  interior department  macondo well  oil leak  oil spill  spill response  clean water act  national oceanic and atmospheric administration 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 16, 2010

The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against BP and eight other companies yesterday to recover billions of dollars from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. The administration's suit asks that the companies be held responsible for all cleanup costs and damage to natural resources. 

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API Responds to New Offshore Rules

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 30, 2010

The Interior Department issued two new safety rules today, setting what Secretary Salazar has called the "gold standard" for offshore oil and natural gas development. The new rules, which cover blowout preventers (BOPs), emergency response, well design and training, are part of the administration's response to the Deepwater Horizon accident. 

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