Latest Oil Spill Increases Scrutiny on Pipeline Safety & Compliance

The pipeline spill in Alberta, Canada last month has reignited many conversations about pipeline safety and regulation for the oil and gas industry. These conversations are coming at a critical time for the industry – perhaps even a turning point.

As many are well aware, it is becoming more and more difficult for pipeline projects to achieve the necessary approvals to get off the ground, and the negative press surrounding spills such as this one is at the heart of several groups’ objections.

Keystone Has Become a Key Issue

The stand-out example is of course the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which has been delayed for more than six years. Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has admitted that he is not hopeful that U.S. President Obama will approve the pipeline.

With rumors that President Obama will soon announce his decision on Keystone, this most recent pipeline spill in Canada’s oilsands is … Read more...

The 6 Best Oil & Gas Websites

Want to be an expert in your (oil)field? Looking to impress your boss with your industry knowledge? How about keeping two steps ahead of pending regulatory updates?

To help you stay up to date on all the latest news, trends and analysis within your industry, we’ve compiled six of our favorite online resources for the informed Oil & Gas professional. All these websites have free and timely information that you can access in a variety of ways – follow ‘em on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, subscribe to a few of these great e-newsletters and prepare to wow your coworkers with your newfound expertise!

Breaking Energy

Social media: Twitter, Facebook

Common topics: Regulation, industry deals, technology and career opportunities.

Breaking Energy is a leading free online source of energy information, providing news, analysis and thought leadership on important energy market trends. Their daily “Energy News Roundup” newsletter is a terrific … Read more...

AOPL Releases New Pipeline Safety Statistics & Strategies

This month the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) released their 2015 annual report on liquid pipeline safety in the United States, its reported numbers now entering a debate that has been making headlines in recent months. At the heart of the debate is this question: how safe are our pipelines?

Recent Pipeline Leaks Gain Attention

In the U.S., two major pipeline leaks in January 2015 have shone a spotlight on pipeline safety concerns, a topic that is already near the forefront of public consciousness as the Keystone XL oil pipeline continues to dominate the news.

The North Dakota pipeline spill on January 6 leaked approximately 3 million gallons of brine, which is a salty and toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production. The spill polluted two creeks and saltwater contamination reached the Missouri River; the full environmental impact is still unknown.

Eleven days later, a Montana oil pipeline …