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Dark Side Of The Boom: The Formula For Alaska’s Safety Success

The film crew of the Deadliest Catch trains for cold water survival.

The dangers of the Bering Sea crab fishery have been made famous by the reality TV show Deadliest Catch, but in the last 15 years, it’s become much safer, in large part thanks to collaboration between industry, scientists and regulators. We wondered: are there lessons that the oil and gas industry could learn from the crab industry’s safety gains? Continue Reading →

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Wrangling Workplace Fatality Numbers: Data Woes And Wins

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Workplace fatality data, specifically the data that goes into calculating workplace fatality rates, is quite possibly the most unruly data Inside Energy has wrangled yet. Not because it’s hard, but because it's nearly impossible to capture the full story of how dangerous the oil and gas industry is at a local level. Here are some of the biggest challenges involved in analyzing workplace fatality data. Continue Reading →

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Dark Side Of The Boom: Why Is Wyoming Safer?

An oil and gas worker pours a defoaming agent into the drill string.

For more than a decade, Wyoming has been among the most dangerous places in the nation for workers. Fatalities peaked in the late 2000s, at the height of the state’s natural gas drilling frenzy. The number of deaths has fallen in recent years, but has the safety culture changed, or did the drilling rigs just move on? Continue Reading →

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Saltwater Spills In North Dakota: Data Woes And Wins

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As oil booms in North Dakota, the rate of spills has been growing, Emily Guerin reported. Thousands of barrels of oil spill each year, but something more dangerous comes with it: saltwater. A by-product of oil extraction, saltwater can destroy farmland for years. Finding detailed data on saltwater spills - more than 800 happened in North Dakota in the past year - was hard. Really hard. Continue Reading →

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