January’s attack, and subsequent hostage crisis, at the BP and Statoil-run In Amenas gas facility in Algeria by Islamist terrorists
brought home just how dangerous some parts of the world can be for the expat oil and gas worker. An inevitable consequence for the oil and gas industry as it moves into “frontier” areas in its search for reservoirs rich in hydrocarbon resources is the increased security risk of operating in some of the world’s most dangerous countries and regions.
But while the In Amenas incident, which caused the deaths of 39 foreign hostages and an Algerian security guard, might have brought to the fore the threat to the oil and gas sector from Islamism in North Africa, other parts of the African continent, and indeed, the world, have far more prevalent incidences of hostage taking and kidnappings.
Of course the kidnapping of energy workers can happen anywhere oil and gas work is carried out, as the case of British oil worker Malcolm Primrose’s kidnapping in June showed.
(Reuters) - Exxon Mobil confirmed on Wednesday that an oil spill occurred Tuesday on its Pegasus crude pipeline in Ripley County, Missouri - the same line that ruptured thousands of barrels of oil into an Arkansas neighborhood at the end of March.
An Exxon spokeswoman said a resident notified the company of oil staining on the surface near the pipeline on Tuesday. The cleanup of the one-barrel leak was near completion, she said.
The pipeline was already out of service following a spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, on March 29, Exxon said.
$190,000,000,000! Wonder the proportion that will go to politicians?
Ben Jervey of DeSmogBlog shows how ALEC helps industry torpedo climate regulations. This ALEC thing is cracking wide open.
Must read. Bloomberg blows the lid off of a DC front group that’s funded by anti-environmental corporations with major stakes in reversing regulations. The group drafts bills for Republican legislators, who then bring the issue to the floor and public to attack climate change, EPA, enviro-regs, and more.
Update: The group is called ALEC. I’m reading about their attack on women’s rights. Click here to see some of bills it has proposed. There is also a petition to get rid of them.
Exxon files appeal.
Exxon Mobil Corp. has told Texas environmental regulators there was an eight-week-long, 108,000-pound propylene release at the company’s refinery complex near Houston.
Propylene is a component of ground-level ozone. According to the report, Exxon isn’t permitted to release any propylene at the olefins plant.
Sorry for the bad news y’all :(
Meanwhile, the U.S. just won a case against EU subsidies to Airbus. Apparently, that subsidy was ‘unfair’… More, here.
Shell, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, BP America and Chevron Corp—the “Big Five” oil companies—reported a cumulative total earning of $36 billion in the first quarter of this year. As Huffington Post writer Erich Pica points out that’s “more than $200,000 every minute.” This jaw-dropping number has been accompanied by a hike in oil prices, which averaged out at about $3.98 per gallon for regular unleaded gas across the country. This is more than a dollar increase from the $2.90 gas stations were charging one year ago, The Associated Press reports.