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  • BP to pay $18.7bn to US government and five states to settle Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims

    03 July 2015

    As part of the damages, a record $5.5bn will cover federal penalties under the Clean Water Act, topping the previous high of $1bn. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas will all receive payouts when the deal is approved by a federal judge. "This is a realistic outcome which provides clarity and certainty for all parties," BP chief executive Bob Dudley said on July 7....

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  • Chemical plant explosion In South Korea kills six workers

    03 July 2015

    An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea has killed six workers, fire officials told Agence France-Presse. The blast took place on July 3 at the Hanwha Chemical Co. in Ulsan, about 180 miles southeast of Seoul. Gas from waste water, which had collected inside the tank, was apparently ignited by the welding torch, a fire official said. ...

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  • UK offshore safety performance report shows improvements and highlights areas for future focus

    01 July 2015

    There have been further improvements in the management of major safety hazards offshore, according to Oil & Gas UK’s Health & Safety 2015 Report published on July 1. Based on incidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive for April 2014 to March 2015 and shared with the trade body, the total number of hydrocarbon releases has gone down and is at its lowest level ever.  ...

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  • **NEW EXHIBITORS ADDED** HazardEx 2016 International Conference & Exhibition

    01 July 2015

    HazardEx 2016, the two-day International Conference & Exhibition for hazardous area specialists, will take place on 24th & 25th February 2016 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. ...

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  • Hazardex 2016 International Conference - Submit your paper synopsis for consideration

    01 July 2015

    You are invited to contribute to the Hazardex 2016 International Conference which will be taking place in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on 24th & 25th February, 2016. Share your technical knowledge and experience by submitting a paper proposal before 2nd October 2015 for consideration by the content committee. ...

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UK criticises Argentine plans to seize Falklands oil driller assets 30 June 2015

On June 29 Britain accused Argentina of a politically motivated and illegal attack on the nascent oil industry around the disputed Falkland Islands after the Argentine government said it would seek to seize the assets of drillers operating in region. Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said his country intended to pursue the case as part of its claim to the islands' sovereignty. ...

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US Supreme Court rejects BP appeal on Gulf oil spill fines 30 June 2015

The US Supreme Court has rejected appeals from BP and left intact a ruling that opens the company to potentially billions of dollars in fines for the 2010 Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. In declining to hear the appeal, the high court let stand a ruling by US District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans that BP and its associate Anadarko were automatically liable as co-owners of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. ...

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Climate Change Committee calls for extension of green energy funding 30 June 2015

The government must urgently extend its low carbon support schemes into the next decade to avoid 'stop-start' green energy investments, the UK Parliament's influential Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said on June 30. In its latest progress report to Parliament the CCC notes UK emissions fell 8% last year, thanks to clean tech investments and assistance from a mild winter. ...

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Hatfield Colliery closure speeds up UK exit from deep coal mining 30 June 2015

One of the last three deep coal mines in the UK is to be closed in early July with the loss of 430 jobs. Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was due to shut in the summer of 2016 but the move has been brought forward unexpectedly. Michael O'Sullivan, spokesman for the colliery, said: "We can't find a market for the coal, so there is no point in producing it."...

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Lancashire County Council blocks Cuadrilla fracking application 29 June 2015

An application to start fracking at a site in Lancashire, in the north west of England, was rejected by councillors on June 29. Energy firm Cuadrilla wanted to extract shale gas at the Little Plumpton site between Preston and Blackpool. LCC rejected the bid on the grounds of "unacceptable noise impact" and the "adverse urbanising effect on the landscape"....

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Mapping the risks of Arctic exploration and development

“The Arctic is not a monolithic area and the risk picture varies accordingly. Stakeholders therefore need a sound decision basis for understanding the risks associated with Arctic development and transportation”, says Børre Paaske, project manager at DNV GL – Oil & Gas....

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Developing a bespoke protective garment for the munitions industry

Every day, employees at BAE Systems Munitions facility in South Wales are handling explosive substances that could potentially present a risk of combustion if not handled correctly. This makes safety management a top priority. Employees working at the facility require the highest level of protection. To meet this risk, BAE Systems enlisted the expertise of DuPont to develop a complete protection solution....

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Oil and gas - with us for the foreseeable future

Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden gave a defiant performance at the company’s annual shareholders' meeting on May 19 as the oil major’s board was bombarded with questions about plans for Arctic exploration in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska and the risks that climate change poses to its business. ...

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