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Advancing Industry’s Safety Culture

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 16, 2014

Industry’s commitment to enhancing the safety to offshore energy development in the four years since the Macondo incident was reflected in a half-day program on prevention and response sponsored by the Center for Offshore Safety(COS) at last week’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.

The COS hosted two panel discussions – one focused on developing effective safety systems, and a second that centered on the actions, processes and leadership needed to build strong safety cultures.

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A System that Decides in Favor of Safety

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 21, 2014

I sat in on a luncheon briefing for reporters last week that featured Charlie Williams, executive director of the Center for Offshore Safety (COS), which focuses exclusively on enhancing the safety of offshore oil and natural gas.

Williams, a long-time engineer with Shell before agreeing to lead the COS, talked about the center’s activities in interesting detail – all designed to ensure a continuing culture of safety in offshore energy operations. It starts with recognizing where threats to safety come from and erecting barriers to those threats, he said.

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Managing Continuous Improvement in Offshore Safety

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 2, 2013

n an interview with Fuel Fix, Charlie Williams, director of the Center for Offshore Safety, fields a question about the perceptions surrounding the safety of drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico:

“I think the biggest misconception is that not much has been done, when there has been a tremendous amount of effort by the industry and by regulators in moving this forward. … There has been more collaboration, cooperation and improvement in working together to make things better than I think we have ever done before.”

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Safety Management and Deep Water Drilling

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 3, 2012

Here’s the Center for Offshore Safety’s Charlie Williams, telling a CSIS forum this week about industry’s continuing effort to make drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as safe as possible

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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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Our Commitment to Safety

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Jack Gerard

Jack Gerard
Posted March 23, 2011

With more than 60-years operating in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil and natural gas industry has a strong safety record, drilling more than 42,000 wells. Thirty percent of U.S. oil production and 13 percent of natural gas production comes from the Gulf, and these resources are a vital part of our energy security.

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Presidential Commission Fails to Recognize Safety Improvements

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  oil leak  oil spill  spill commission  offshore safety  offshore safety operations  oil spill commission  presidential oil spill commission 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 11, 2011

The American Petroleum Institute (API) today said the industry already has taken significant action to improve offshore safety operations consistent with the recommendations of the presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon accident.

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Deepwater Horizon in the News

access  deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf coast  gulf of mexico  interior department  moratorium  offshore drilling  offshore safety  oil spill  oil spill commission 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 10, 2010

The presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon accident wrapped up the second day of its two-day hearing in Washington yesterday. At the same time, a federal judge in New Orleans was holding a hearing on the administration's deepwater drilling moratorium. Here's a compilation of the latest news as reported by several publications: 

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Opinion Leaders Cite Benefits of Offshore Drilling

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  energy reality  gulf oil spill  Jack Gerard  offshore drilling  offshore energy  offshore safety 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 20, 2010

Whenever this nation is confronted by a major incident such as theGulf oil spill, opinion-leaders step forward to offer their thoughts in print and online op-ed pages. Their comments are often thought-provoking and informative.

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