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Safety Alerts and Other Recommendations in the Wake of Rail Accidents Involving Bakken Formation Crude Oil

Recent accidents involving rail cars transporting crude oil from the Bakken shale region have resulted in the heightened interest of rail industry regulators and other federal agencies, including the Pipeline and Hazardous...more

Highlighting Updates to the SPCC Program Guidance

In August, the EPA published a revision to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Guidance Document for Regional Inspectors, which explains the many nuances of the SPCC rule, updated to include revisions to...more

OSHA Seeks Comments on Process Safety Management Amendments, Other Standards

Oil and Gas Production and Servicing Industry May Be Impacted - First, OSHA requests comment on whether the agency should amend § 1910.119(a)(2)(ii), which currently exempts oil and gas-well drilling and servicing...more

Don’t Get Caught on the Wrong Side of the Track: PHMSA Issues New Safety Alert

On January 2, 2014, the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a safety alert for the purpose of notifying the general public, emergency responders and shippers and carriers that recent...more

Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board to Tighten Blowout Preventer Rule

Mississippi's Statewide Rule 13, addressing blowout preventers, currently states that, "[i]n drilling areas where high pressures are likely to exist and on all wildcat wells, all proper and necessary precautions shall be...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Oil & Gas Litigation: New Rule Proposed By OSHA Regarding Silica Exposure Likely To Impact Fracking And...

On August 23, 2013, OSHA issued a News Release stating it is proposing a new rule reducing exposure limits for silica aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, and other diseases. The permissible exposure levels under the new...more

Oil Transportation Safety under Scrutiny by the Federal Railroad Administration

The United States Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced in a July 29 letter to the American Petroleum Institute that it is investigating the safety of transporting crude oil by rail, citing potential safety issues...more

What’s Up with Noise, Light, Dust and Volatile Organic Compounds?

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) released its report to the West Virginia Legislature in May on the study of “noise, light, dust and volatile organic compounds generated by the drilling of...more

OSHA Guidance Documents for Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing

Did you know that OSHA has a guidance document on its website for the oil and gas well drilling and servicing industry? You may ask why this is important to know....more

OSHA Still Interested in Oil and Gas Industry

One of the biggest fines paid in the history of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came from the oil and gas industry. ...more

Safety First: Consider On-Site Consultation

Although only tangentially related to oil and gas operations, the recent pipeline rupture and resulting fire near Charleston, West Virginia highlights the importance of safety inspections and the costs incurred when accidents...more

MSHA/OSHA Report - August 2012

In This Issue: Safety and Health Enforcement Developments: - MSHA Update - OSHA Update ..OSHA's Oil & Gas Flame Resistant Clothing Memo Held to Be Improper Rulemaking ..Final Electric Power Transmission and...more

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