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    Trump Rolls Back US Land Drilling Rules

    The Trump administration has rolled back an Obama-era rule on climate-changing pollution that US energy companies said was overly intrusive.

    Flaring natural gas in North DakotaThe Trump administration has rolled back an Obama-era rule meant to curb climate-changing pollution, easing restrictions on energy companies that allow huge volumes of natural gas to escape after drilling it from US lands.

    The move rescinds much of a 2016 rule adopted under President Barack Obama that forced energy companies to capture methane, a key contributor to climate change. The replacement rule from the Interior Department does not have the same mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution.

    It comes a week after the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed weakening a similar rule for emissions from public and private lands.

    "We're for clean air and water, but at the same time, we're for reasonable regulations," Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told reporters.

    Bernhardt and other Interior officials were unable to say how much the new rule would reduce methane emissions. The prior regulation would have cut emissions by up to 180,000 tons a year.

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    CALL FOR INDUSTRY TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOL IN THE WORKPLACE

    The American oil and gas industry is undoubtedly one of the most hazardous industries in the entire country with more 349 severe injuries including 166 amputations reported during 2016 according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

    The American oil and gas industry is undoubtedly one of the most hazardous industries in the entire country with more 349 severe injuries including 166 amputations reported during 2016 according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration The US crude oil production reached an astonishing 11 million barrels per day (bpd) for the first time ever in July this year, coming in a very close second behind Russia’s 11.2 million bpd. As impressive as this increase in crude oil production may seem, it does come at a price: the substantial increase in accidents at the workplace. It is becoming increasingly important to have reliable and effective health and safety regulations in place that can minimize the prevalence of injury and even death while on the job.

    Safety-related injury lawsuits on the increase

    At the beginning of August this year, the distraught family of Timothy Lewing filed a mammoth lawsuit to the value of $150 million against Houston-based petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company, Occidental Petroleum.  The basis of the lawsuit: negligence and liability.  While working on a land-based rig situated near Midland, Texas, Lewing was hit on the head by a 30-pound bogie pad that fell from a height of more than 100 feet. The bogie pad was not effectively secured to the transfer truck due to the securing bolts being either sheared or completely missing. The bogie pad’s entire design pointed to danger with the wrong materials, lubricants, colors and processes utilized in its operation. Lewing, who was comatose for weeks, suffered severe brain damage and will now undoubtedly be in need of permanent medical treatment as well as constant supervision. So how How can safety be improved within the industry?

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    Booming Permian Basin desperately needs workers to build highways

    For an oilman who's worked on the Gulf Coast, near the Russian Arctic and in Royal Dutch Shell Plc's headquarters in The Hague, being stuck in traffic on a dusty West Texas highway is not the stuff of dreams.

    FILE photo shows the county line sign at the eastern line of Loving county on Texas Highway 302.The GMC Yukon rented by Amir Gerges, general manager of Shell's operations in the Permian Basin, has crawled just four miles in the past hour. "That's probably a truck that rolled over that's causing this," Gerges said, speaking from weary experience.

    Turns out, it's just routine work on Highway 302, an 83-mile-long, often single-lane road that runs from Odessa, Texas, home to a variety of oilfield servicers, to Loving County, in the western part of the Permian. It's a stretch that saw traffic jump by 76 percent in 2017, and it's continued to rise this year.

    The delay helps Gerges prove a point: Roads, he said, not pipelines, geology or labor shortages, are the biggest long-term threat to sustainable growth in the Permian, the world's busiest shale oil field. "Almost everything you need at the wellhead is transported by road," Gerges said. "That's the one biggest challenge, not just Shell, everyone faces."

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    Industry group says hurricanes bolster case for expanding offshore drilling

    Hurricane season is in full swing — and it's throwing into the spotlight an ongoing debate between industry and environmental groups over expanding offshore drilling.

    Tug boats transport the Hess Corp. Stampede tension leg oil platform towed from Kiewit Offshore Services Ltd. in Ingleside TexThe National Ocean Industries Association is pointing to hurricanes as a reason the United States should allow offshore drilling in areas beyond the Gulf of Mexico. Because most of the nation’s offshore drilling is concentrated in such a hurricane-prone region, the lobbying group that represents offshore energy companies warns the country is “rolling the dice” with natural disasters, which can jeopardize the country's oil supply if bad weather forces companies to shut down oil production and evacuate oil platforms.

    The group wants the Interior Department to expand oil production into the southeast Atlantic, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and off the coast of California and Alaska as part of the Trump administration's controversial proposal to open most of the nation's outer continental shelf to potential drilling. 

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    Transocean's Dealmaking Activity Is A Sign Of Growing Confidence In The Offshore Recovery

    Earlier this month, Transocean announced that it planned to acquire offshore drilling contractor Ocean Rig in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $2.7 billion, as it looks to strengthen its ultra-deepwater fleet ahead of an anticipated recovery in the offshore drilling markets. The deal, which is subject to the approval of shareholders of both companies, comes just about nine months after the company completed its takeover of Songa Offshore, significantly adding to its fleet of harsh environment rigs. Below, we take a look at some of the trends driving the deal and what it could mean for Transocean.

    GSF Monarch mobile offshore drilling unitWe have also created an interactive dashboard analysis on What To Expect From Transocean in 2018 which you can use to arrive at your own revenue and EPS estimates for Transocean.

    How The Deal Benefits Transocean

    The deal will add a total of nine drillships and two harsh-environment semisubmersibles, which are currently much sought-after, to Transocean’s fleet. Ocean Rig also has two drillships that are presently under construction and due for delivery by 2020. Overall, the deal will boost Transocean’s fleet to 57 rigs, while strengthening its presence in important offshore markets including Brazil, West Africa, and Norway. The company’s contract backlog would increase by about $743 million, bringing the total to $12.5 billion. Ocean Rig has also carried out significant restructuring efforts, slashing its debt and cutting costs, which could make the company more viable for Transocean to run. Transocean has indicated that this deal could help the company better manage its costs per active rig, as it merges Ocean Rig’s operations into its existing structure with an incremental rise in shore-based expenses.

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    The Most Dangerous Offshore Jobs: Five Risky Professions

    Working on an offshore oil and gas platform is considered one of the most dangerous careers. Dangerous offshore jobs are included in almost every list of hazardous professions and for good reason.

    Working on an offshore oil and gas platform is considered one of the riskiest careers to have. What are the most dangerous offshore jobs in the profession? The isolation, the extreme weather conditions, and the operating of heavy machinery for hours at a time can all take its toll, both physically and mentally.

    Not to mention the highly combustible nature of the product that means a small leak can turn into a devastating explosion like Deepwater Horizon or Piper Alpha, and claim the lives of several workers in an instant.

    It is no wonder that accidents, injuries and even fatalities have been frequently recorded on offshore platforms. Spinal injuries, brain injuries, severe burns, limb amputations, broken bones and toxic inhalations from chemicals are common injuries listed on various legal accident claims websites.

    Here are five of the most dangerous offshore jobs within one of the most perilous professions in the world.

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