Day: September 17, 2019

MALWARE TO DESTROY OPERATIONS

(August 2017, Saudi Arabia, an undisclosed oil and gas facility) Operational teams were busy working during regular business hours when alerts of many industrial control system shutdowns were received. These shutdowns were not planned or expected by plant workers and engineers, which caused some head scratching and troubleshooting in response to determine the unexplained cause. …

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CGA Members Celebrate 8/11 Day 2019!

THIS AUGUST, CGA MEMBERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY were busy promoting the 8/11 Day safety message with a wide variety of creative and far-reaching campaigns to keep the importance of safe digging top of mind for homeowners and professional excavators alike. From Aug. 8-11, NASCAR fans at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., had the opportunity to …

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New York 811 Honors Scholarship Winners on 811 Day

NEW YORK 811 CELEBRATED 8/11 DAY by recognizing the winners of the 2019 New York 811 Scholarship Program in front of a stadium audience at a New York Mets baseball game. For the second year, the program awarded 10 single-year $1,008.11 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the five boroughs of New York City, as …

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New Report Sheds Light on Industry Perceptions Since Downturn

Despite the economic downturn, 70 percent of those working in the oil and gas industry intend to stay, according to a recent report from PetroLMI.  The Workforce Insights: Attitudes and Perceptions of Canadian Labour Market on Careers in Oil and Gas report follows up on research from two years earlier which surveyed working-age Canadians. Then, PetroLMI, the …

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Trends in Pipeline Safety: Preventing Third-Party Damage

In December 2017, a father and his adult son were killed as they tried to free a tractor stuck in a field. The tractor ruptured and ignited a 20-inch gas pipeline in Illinois. Two others were seriously injured. The explosion was on a 9,200- mile pipeline system that transports natural gas from Texas and Louisiana …

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Nebraska Underground Utility Contractors and Industry Partners Participate in Trench Safety Stand Down Week

OSHA ‘S NATIONAL EMPHASIS PROGRAM on Trenching and Excavation remains a high agency priority. The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) and its 31 chapters teamed up with OSHA, the North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA), Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for the 4th annual Trench Safety Stand …

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Gas Pipeline Damages: Know when it is Time to Evacuate!

When an underground gas pipeline is damaged and leaks, it is commonly referred to as soil gas migration. Studies show that gas from a damaged pipeline travels very quickly through the soil and is an immediate danger to nearby structures. Instead of slowly “migrating” through the soil, gas is forced under pressure through the soil …

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The Great Irony

The Great Irony: Are Excavation Activities Related to Oil and Gas Field Expansion Damaging Pipelines? Oil and gas activity is synonymous with excavation. Drilling pad preparation, pipeline construction and maintenance, and a host of other work requires digging into the ground. Yet, as drilling has become a well-planned activity, tested operational procedures have served to …

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Going Beyond Meeting ASTM Standards and Occupational Qualifications

With PHMSA amending the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations that govern the use of plastic piping systems in the transportation of natural and other gas, tracking assets has become more critical than ever. While there is a significant importance to implementing tracking and traceability practices to meet these new guidelines, it also presents an opportunity to …

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