In 2014, a massive explosion tore through the Williams natural gas processing plant in Opal. It forced the evacuation of the southwestern Wyoming town and caused a spike in the price of natural gas. Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation in the aftermath and found a number of safety violations. But the agency never collected the corresponding fines and never released a final report about the investigation.
The Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle | Oil refineries have a dismal reputation when it comes to worker safety. But the industry’s safety concerns are compounded by the fact that oil refinery fatalities often go uncounted.
The oil and gas industry is six times deadlier than other U.S. jobs. On Colorado State Of Mind, Jordan Wirfs-Brock discusses the differences between safety practices in Wyoming and North Dakota and actions that could make the industry less dangerous.
A worker has died after an explosion at a natural gas storage tank in western Wyoming, bringing the number of oil and gas fatalities in Wyoming this year to at least two. Inside Energy recently explored what it takes to make dangerous industries safer in a series of stories called Dark Side of the Boom.
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?