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Agency: Safeguards Failed in Fire that Killed 5 at Gas Well

OKLAHOMA CITY — The failure of safety devices designed to prevent blowouts contributed to an explosion and fire that killed five workers last year at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well, according to a federal agency’s report Wednesday that also …

Blowout Could Tip Regulator Focus to Shallow Water

Last week’s blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators’ focus to shallow water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely. The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore and operated under contract …

Claims Against BP Contractors Dismissed at Trial

A federal judge conducting a trial to assign fault for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill dismissed claims Wednesday against a BP contractor and a company that made a key safety device on the drilling rig that exploded in the …

Stuck Pipe Stopped Sealing of BP Oil Well: U.S. Report

The failure of the underwater blowout preventer that led to the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was caused by a stuck section of drill pipe that blocked cutting devices from shearing and sealing the leaking well, …