Transporting Oil and Gas by Tanker: Where are the gaps, and where are the opportunities?


Risk is inherent in oil and gas marine transportation due to the nature of the cargoes carried. But, is industry well prepared to effectively deal with some of the emerging risks and operational challenges, not the least of which is maritime cyber assurance?
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Storage and Transportation Benefit From US Oil and Gas Boom


Few predicted the unprecedented levels of US oil and gas production–just this year alone, oil production broke records in January, March and May. This phenomena is creating jobs, has reduced US oil imports to the lowest levels in 29 years, and positions the US and Canada as worthy contenders to export LNG. Commercial and consumer oil and gas consumption had the greatest reported increase since 2004. Who are the winners in this oil and gas boom? Largely, storage providers and transporters of oil and gas.
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Liability Under Federal Environmental Law for Crude Oil Spills from Rail Cars

More crude oil was spilled from rail cars last year than in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills in 1975. According to data compiled by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars in 2013. By comparison, from 1975 to 2012, 800,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars.
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The Environment and the Oil and Gas Industry


As more oil and gas deposits are located and are able to be extracted the need to transport these finds to refineries or end users continues to grow. This is leading to an increase demand for new natural gas and oil pipelines throughout the country. Pipeline projects create concerns on several levels—from the impact of the construction, to the safety of the operation to questions about whether pipeline availability will only generate a need for further fracking (which of course is controversial in its own right.). Opponents of pipelines vociferously raise all these concerns, often delaying or derailing projects before they get started. Pipeline projects proponents whether oil or natural gas, need to understand and address these issues and the regulatory arena in which they will be raised in order to have the best chance of succeeding.
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