In early April, fresh from announcing his decision to allow drilling in previously protected waters, an upbeat President Obama traveled to a battery factory in North Carolina. It was 18 days before BP’s Macondo well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 and leading Obama to halt new deep-water drilling under the just-lifted temporary ban.
The moratorium may be over, but oil companies will still have to wait before they can resume deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. How long, industry and government officials say, will depend on how quickly the industry can implement a raft of new safety and environmental requirements, and how long federal regulators take to confirm that companies’ operations have reached the new, higher standards.
The Obama administration on Thursday will propose new rules designed to eliminate black lung, a scourge affecting the nation’s miners.
In the U.S., the number of coal mining deaths stood at 3,242 in 1907 versus 18 last year. In U.S. mining overall, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the death toll last year was a record low of 34. This year, however, here have been 60 U.S. mining deaths, including 29 in April’s Upper Big Branch disaster in West Virginia.
After a West Virginia coal mine explosion in April exposed a weak link in a system designed to identify safety violations, the government has spent $23 million to reform the system. A key objective: reducing a two-year logjam of citations under appeal, to ensure more effective responses from the industry to possible hazards.
Chinatown restaurant workers in conjunction with the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) and key research partners will release a study that exposes sweatshop conditions in restaurant workers in the popular tourist district Chinatown.
Good news for fearful fliers: serious runway incursions — that is, near accidents — were cut in half in the U.S. over the past fiscal year. Six serious runway incursions took place at the nation’s airports in the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, versus 12 the previous year, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
An adult film performer in San Fernando Valley, Calif.’s lucrative porn industry has tested HIV-positive, prompting at least two well-known adult movie production companies to suspend filming as a precaution.
Indiana officials will not fine ‘Transformers 3’ production crews or Paramount Pictures over a car crash that seriously injured Chicago extra Gabriela Cedillo.
Officials from Bayer CropScience have provided some additional information regarding the leak that prompted an alarm yesterday at the company’s Institute plant in Charleston, W. Va. There’s still no concrete word on how much of two different chemicals — hydrochloric acid and sulfur dioxide — were released in the 6:45 a.m. incident.