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Why strive to be the best when good enough is good enough?

safety, workplace safety

I encourage my daughter to try her best at everything she does in hopes that she becomes the best.  After all what parent wouldn’t want to see their kid standing on the podium at the Olympics with a gold medal hanging around their neck?  But what’s the cost of becoming the best, and isn’t it ok to just be “good”? ...

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Settlement reached in damages from Exxon’s Yellowstone spill

Yellowstone River, oil spill, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment settles claims from the U.S. and state governments that the 2011 spill harmed natural ...

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Torque wrench safety

safety

“Tight is tight,” my old shop teacher would say.  “If you overtighten you’ll strip the threads and it’s damaged and can’t be repaired.”   Most of us that have used a wrench have stripped or overtightened something and when that happens, there’s no going back.  The same thing can happen when applying safety—too much, too often, and too strong can cause ...

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Family: Dallas suspect changed after military service

Dallas police shootings, Micah Johnson

DALLAS (AP) — Military service changed the Dallas gunman from an extrovert into a hermit, his parents said in an interview excerpt published Monday. Micah Johnson’s mother, Delphine Johnson, told TheBlaze website in an interview that her son wanted to be a police officer as a child. His six years in the Army Reserve, including a tour in Afghanistan, were ...

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Stricter offshore drilling rules issued, upsetting industry

Stricter offshore drilling rules issued, upsetting industry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Obama administration issued new rules Thursday to make oil and natural gas offshore drilling equipment safer and to reduce risks in digging wells, but the oil industry and its supporters in Congress say they are costly and questioned their need. The rules published by the Interior Department came nearly six years after the catastrophic blowout ...

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Gas storage field closed by leak could open by summer’s end

Gas storage field closed by leak could open by summer's end

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California Gas Co. said Thursday that a huge natural gas storage field closed by a monthslong leak should reopen by late summer. The utility laid out a framework for safety testing on wells in the Aliso Canyon storage field near Los Angeles. The underground reservoir hasn’t received new supplies since the leak was discovered ...

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AP Interview: Japan lawyer wants no-nukes after Fukushima

AP Interview: Japan lawyer wants no-nukes after Fukushima

TOKYO (AP) — Lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai stands out in Japan, a nation dominated by somber dark suits: When not in a courtroom, he often wears colorful shirts and crystal-covered animal pins. He is a Noh dancer, a tenor and, of late, a filmmaker. His ride is a Harley. Some of it is just for fun, but much of the flamboyance ...

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Turkey repairs pipeline connecting to Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkey repairs oil pipeline connecting to Iraqi Kurdistan

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s energy ministry says it has begun repairs to a pipeline transporting crude oil from northern Iraq to the Mediterranean coast. The ministry said last week that the delivery of crude oil via the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline came to a halt Feb. 17 after it was attacked by militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The PKK launched ...

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Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gas storage facility that spewed methane uncontrollably for almost four months, driving thousands of families from their homes, won’t resume operations until it has undergone tougher tests than ever required before, a process that will take months and perhaps even longer. The massive leak drew attention to the Southern California Gas Co. facility and the ...

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A safety culture dedicated to getting workers home every night

Daryl Swift, the field foreman acts as an entrance attendant for the confined space entry. Swift’s role is to operate the removal tripod as needed.

Oil and gas workers know they work in one of the deadliest industries in the world. “The oil and gas field is risky. There’s a lot of hazards associated with that industry. You’ve got moving equipment, you’ve got gases, you’ve got different chemicals,” says Randon Williamson, the Environmental Health Safety Director at Windcreek offers turnkey solutions for the energy, municipal ...

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