Vermont improves in traffic safety laws review

first_imgHighway safety advocates today released the 2011 Roadmap Report, the eighth annual report card grading all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their performance when it comes to adopting 15 basic traffic safety laws. This year the report’s publishers, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), focused on the state budgetary impact of highway safety gaps. Vermont moved up to a grade of “yellow,” mostly for its addition of a text-messaging prohibition.”As states debate about keeping their treasuries solvent, lawmakers and governors in many states are blind to obvious legislative actions that will help with the budget crisis,” said Judith Lee Stone, president of Advocates. “The 2011 Roadmap To State Highway Safety Laws shows that adoption of effective state traffic safety laws saves lives and saves taxpayer dollars.”Among the 15 model laws Advocates evaluated in its 2011 Roadmap To State Highway Safety Laws are seat belt, booster seat and motorcycle helmet measures, in addition to restrictions and requirements for teen drivers, all-driver texting bans and tougher impaired driving laws.The federal government estimates that motor vehicle crashes cost society $230 billion every year. In 2009, nearly 34,000 people died in crashes throughout the nation and millions more were injured. This is equivalent to a “crash tax” of more than $800 for every person.”There are both obvious and hidden costs in the millions of deaths and injuries that occur on the nation’s roads every year. Motor vehicle costs are diverting and depleting our nation’s resources at an alarming rate,” said Ted Miller, Principal Research Scientist, Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation. “The Medicaid bill for crashes alone is $8 billion per year. In addition, catastrophic injury patients pour onto the Medicaid rolls to pay their hospital bills. And once they convert to Medicaid, not only do we pay that hospital bill, we pay for all their health care.””Legislators can do more to save lives and prevent serious injuries by passing traffic safety laws than I can ever hope to save in a lifetime of treating patients in the emergency room. For example, Virginia should pass a primary enforcement seat belt law this year to save money from unnecessary Medicaid and other medical expenditures which are accelerating annually. It’s a matter of dollars and sense,” said Dr. Mark R. Sochor, an emergency physician and Associate Professor and Research Director, University of Virginia Department of Emergency Medicine.In this year’s report states were given one of three ratings based on how many of the 15 optimal laws they have: Green (Good); Yellow (Caution – state needs improvement); and Red (Danger – state falls dangerously behind). Placement in one of the three ratings was based solely on whether or not a state had adopted a law as defined in the report, and not on any evaluation of a state’s highway safety education or enforcement programs.In 2010, five states improved their rating from Yellow to Green, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana and Michigan. Two states upgraded from Red to Yellow, Vermont and Wyoming. In all, the District of Columbia and 15 states were rated in the highest rated category of green including New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon, Maryland, New York, Georgia, Delaware, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Kansas, Minnesota, California and Louisiana. The states with the worst rating of red are South Dakota, Arizona, North Dakota, Virginia, Nebraska, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Explanations for assigning the best and worst ratings can be found at www.saferoads.org(link is external).”Having just participated in the most challenging budget session I’ve experienced in Illinois where we made extremely difficult decisions to get our finances back on track, I can tell you that it is a painful process. There aren’t many stones left unturned in the quest to save our state money,” said Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton (D-6th District, Chicago). “If we hadn’t already passed the great majority of laws rated in Advocates’ Roadmap Report, I would have recommended that we do so right away. States pay a steep price for not having these safety laws and it can add up to many millions of dollars in Medicaid and other health care costs.”In 2010, 13 states enacted one or more of Advocates’ recommended highway safety laws for a total of 22 new laws. No state enacted an all-rider motorcycle helmet law although there were 9 unsuccessful attempts to repeal existing laws. The new laws enacted in all state legislatures are:Primary Enforcement of Seat Belts: Georgia (eliminated pick-up truck exemption) and KansasBooster Seats (children ages 4 through 7): Colorado (upgraded to primary enforcement)Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) for teen drivers: Alabama (passenger and cell phone restrictions), Georgia (cell phone restriction), Kentucky (cell phone restriction), Massachusetts (cell phone restriction), Michigan (nighttime and passenger restriction), Oklahoma (cell phone restriction), Vermont (cell phone restriction), and Washington (cell phone restriction)Impaired Driving: Wisconsin (mandatory BAC testing for drivers who survived)All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction: Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and WyomingThe 2010 report found that an additional 362 new laws need to be adopted in all states and D.C. to fully meet Advocates’ 15 legislative recommendations:19 states still need an optimal primary enforcement seat belt law;30 states still need an optimal all-rider motorcycle helmet law;23 states still need an optimal booster seat law;No state meets all the criteria of Advocates’ recommended GDL program;45 states and DC are missing one or more critical impaired driving laws; and,24 states still need an all-driver text messaging restriction.Addressing today’s National Press Club news conference was Marlene Case, who became a highway safety activist after her 17-year old son Andrew, was killed in a crash involving a teen driver in 2009. “We know that at ages 16 and 17, teens just don’t understand the consequences of reckless behavior,” said Case. “We want parents to hear our story and to join with us to urge lawmakers in Pennsylvania and other states to pass strong laws that limit the number of teen passengers with new drivers, strengthen seatbelt rules, and outlaw use of cell phones. We strongly support federal adoption of the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act (STANDUP) so every teen in every state is protected. It’s too late for Andrew, but it’s not too late for others. These laws don’t cost states any money and only require political leadership.”Bill Martin, Senior Vice President of Farmers Insurance and Insurance Co-Chair of Advocates’ Board of Directors said, “For insurers, the idea that preventing injury and saving lives actually also saves money is not new. But nothing the insurer does can fully bring their customer back from the emotional tragedy suffered by families and friends when car crashes take lives and inflict debilitating injuries.”Also participating in the news announcement was Dr. Grant Baldwin, Director of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who described a new system that will be available in February to map death rates and estimate costs associated with injury-related deaths at state and county levels.Electronic Press Kit and WebcastAn electronic press kit including the complete 2011 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws, speaker statements and a replay of today’s news conference webcast can be found at www.saferoads.org(link is external).Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is a coalition of insurance, consumer, health, safety and law enforcement organizations that work together to advance state and federal highway and vehicle safety laws, programs and policies.SOURCE Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Chilean Navy Seizes Cocaine Coming from Bolivia

first_img Latin Governments are routinely supporting and protecting drugs dealers.Ismael Maldonado of Tarija, for example, is widely known in Bolivia and Argentina for his Cocaine trafficking activity. Through Cocaine trafficking, Maldonado has become so strong financially that he has bought significant high level patronage and support/protection. He has a team of lawyers constantly fighting investigations and warding off convictions with technical objections. For example, the Bolivian public prosecutor and the police anti drugs unit conducted investigations against Maldonado for illicit earnings. The investigation was suspended only when Maldonado´s lawyers heard and fought to identify technicalities to suspend the investigation. Prior to the Bolivian government expelling the DEA in 2009, Maldonado was the subject of a Cocaine trafficking and money laundering investigation and he was also the subject of cross border trafficking investigations with Argentina and other known traffickers Kim Yong Soon and Miguel Busanich. There are many others. BUt each and every time, he escapes conviction. Maldonado launders the proceeds of this activity through his 26 stores called Fair Play where he sells athletic equiment and clothing. In Santa Cruz alone there are 4 identical stores within a 200m square box. Two of the stores are next door to each other. The Chilean Navy has seized more than 500 kilos of cocaine, hidden in a truck coming from Bolivia and headed for Europe, in the port of the city of Arica, an official source announced on May 16. “The drugs, more than 500 kilos of cocaine, were in a shipment of scrap metal transported by a truck coming from Bolivia and that was going to be loaded onto a ship that had Europe as its final destination,” Cristina Vidal, an operations officer for the Arica port captaincy said. The cocaine seizure took place on the docks in Arica, following an investigation that began the week before and involved the Navy, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and Customs, which had been monitoring the truck since it crossed the border between Bolivia and Chile at the Chungará border crossing, Vidal added. The officer said that arrests had been made, but she did not provide more details, because the information is part of an ongoing investigation by the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The Chilean border with Bolivia and Peru extends over a distance of 1,300 km and has become a nexus between the producers of drugs and their final destination, according to the Chilean government. Chilean authorities have detected around 30 unauthorized crossing points along the border with Peru and 106 along the border with Bolivia. By Dialogo May 21, 2012last_img read more

Animal law program set

first_imgAnimal law program set June 1, 2005 Regular News The Florida Bar’s new Animal Law Committee will hold its inaugural seminar June 24 at the Annual Meeting in Orlando.The seminar is titled “Animal Law Issues Affecting Florida Practitioners” and is intended to educate members of the profession regarding the laws, regulations, and court decisions dealing with legal issues involving animals, including how such issues affect more traditional practice areas.The event will kick off at 8 a.m. with “Animal Law and Legal Malpractice: The Necessity to Understand Animal Law and How It Relates to Your Practice,” by Steven M. Wise, a 25-year animal law practitioner and author of Rattling the Cage, Drawing the Line, and Though the Heavens May Fall. He is also an adjunct animal law professor at the Harvard Law School, Vermont Law School, John Marshall Law School, and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.Other segments of the seminar will address “Animal Law and the First Amendment: Animal Abuse Protest Cases,” with Thomas R. Julin of Miami and Victor S. Kline of Orlando; “Trusts and Pets: Establishing Trusts for Pets Under Florida Law,” with C. Randolph Coleman of Jacksonville; “The Law on Housing, Disabilities, and Therapy Pets,” with Michael R. Masinter of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center; “Florida Equine Law: The Proper Treatment of Florida’s Horses – A Matter of Course, Of Course?” with Craig I. Scheiner; “Dangerous Dog Litigation,” with Steven J. Wisotsky of Nova Southeastern; “Practicing Animal Tort Law: Practical Considerations for Animal Law Practitioners,” with Marcy I. LaHart of West Palm Beach; and “Pet Store Litigation: Defective Puppies and Puppy Mill Cases,” with Fred M. Kray of Miami.For registration information see the Annual Meeting brochure in the May issue of The Florida Bar Journal.center_img Animal law program setlast_img read more

Front-line defense: Device recognition raises red flag on fraud

first_imgA fraudster’s easiest path through a financial institution’s defenses often starts in the gray area between security and a seamless experience for consumers.Balancing those two priorities has been a traditional quandary in the financial services market, said John Horn, director in Digital Banking at Fiserv.“Banks and credit unions want experiences to be as seamless as possible,” he said. “But there have been so many data breaches in the market, and brand risk is high.”Historically, the market has presented two options to CIOs and digital banking executives: Emphasize security at the expense of experience or weaken defenses for the sake of speed and convenience.But what if there was a third option? Device recognition, also known as device analytics, holds the potential to do away with that either-or scenario, Horn said, by going straight to a device to answer two crucial questions: Is the person logging in really a customer? Or is it someone who bought the credentials off the dark web? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: UK death projections, tiered response plans, uninsured in New Jersey, lung damage, experimental IV antiviral, flu activity up in tropical areas

first_imgSep 4, 2009Britain scales back flu death projectionThe British government scaled back its projection of how many novel H1N1 deaths could occur, The Times of London reported today. In July it predicted 65,000 fatalities in a worst-case-scenario, but now the National Health Service (NHS) says fatalities could range between 3,000 and 19,000. Officials lowered the estimate because the symptoms of the virus are mild for most patients. The NHS’s chief medical officer said case numbers have not risen in Scotland, where school resumed 3 weeks ago.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/Swine_flu/article6820841.eceSep 4 Times storyTiered epidemic plans could improve responseResponses to the novel H1N1 virus outbreak might be seen as alarmist, because many pandemic plans accounted for only a worst-case scenario, Peter Doshi, a doctoral student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote in the British Medical Journal yesterday. Calibrated responses based on four types of risk assessments that take into account disease distribution and severity could build public trust and engage the public’s attention to warning messages, he wrote.http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-09/bmj-wtp090309.phpSep 3 British Medical Journal press releaseUninsured New Jersey residents to get free pandemic flu vaccineIn announcing new measures to curb the fall wave of pandemic flu, New Jersey officials said yesterday that the state will provide free novel H1N1 vaccine to the 1.3 million uninsured people. The free vaccines will be offered though public health clinics located in all New Jersey counties. Other response measures include a public education campaign, working with school districts to keep schools open, and partnering with districts to establish a voluntary vaccination program.Lung tissue in some fatal cases resembles H5N1 infectionPathologic investigation of lung tissue from patients who have died of pandemic H1N1 infections resembles that in those dying from H5N1 avian influenza, a scientist who has studied about 70 fatal cases told the Canadian Press. Dr Sherif Zaki, a pathologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the level of lung damage makes it difficult to oxygenate patients. About a third of the patients had bacterial coinfections, and about 90% had underlying conditions such as obesity.Doctors reverse severe infection with experimental IV antiviralA 22-year-old woman with pandemic H1N1 infection and chemotherapy-induced immune compromise recovered from a severe infection after treatment with an experimental intravenous version of zanamivir, her doctors reported today in The Lancet. She had not responded to oseltamivir or nebulized zanamivir alongside antibiotics, hydrocortisone, and mechanical ventilation. Her doctors combined IV zanamivir with corticosteroids, which is controversial but is used in some respiratory distress cases.http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(09)61528-2/fulltextSep 4 Lancet reportWHO: flu activity increasing in many tropical regionsIn its weekly pandemic update today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said flu activity is widespread and increasing in many tropical regions of South and Southeast Asia as well as South America. Though flu activity is past its seasonal peak in some parts of the southern hemisphere, parts of Australia and South America are seeing sustained circulation. Japan is experiencing an early start to its flu season. The global number of deaths is at least 2,837, mostly from WHO’s Americas-region countries.http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_09_04/en/index.htmlWHO pandemic update 64last_img read more

Health Spot Croatia conference on the state and future of health tourism was held

first_imgIt was organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb and the Croatian Tourist Board and under the auspices of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and with the support of Hansa Media and the City of Zagreb. The emphasis of the conference was on the potential and rapid development of health tourism both in Croatia and in the world. At a very interesting panel discussion on health tourism in Croatia, the director of the Svjetlost Special Hospital for Ophthalmology, Nikica Gabrić, pointed out that Croatian health care institutions should unite. “Croatia has 20 private hospitals earning more than 30 million kuna. Only twenty! That means two and a half million in revenue per month, and that’s a small trade. We need to reunite. Croatia needs a “health plaza” in which 10 private hospitals and clinics will work together. All in one place where patients will be able to come and solve all their needs”, Explains Gabrić. Minister Cappelli said that wellness should not be neglected in everything, in which the daily consumption of users reaches almost 150 euros, while in spa tourism it is 60 euros, and in medical tourism 240 euros. He also said that he agreed with the statement that health care should be privatized because “this will lead to additional investments and better quality for domestic and foreign patients, and thus more doctors will stay in Croatia.” The Health Spot Croatia conference has also been announced for next year, when the rest of the topics that are not this year will be covered, given the extensiveness and complexity of the topic. Minister of Health Milan Kujundzic agrees with that. “What we certainly have in Croatia are professional people in medicine and health who have already proven themselves and this is the greatest potential, which, along with security, climate and other, is the foundation for building quality health tourism. The Ministry of Health and the Government will continue to monitor the needs of this activity and do what they can for this development., he concluded. Health Spot Croatia held at the Esplanade Hotel in Zagreb brought together numerous Croatian and European experts in the field of health tourism, but also tourism in general. Ognjen Bagatin, director of the Bagatin Polyclinic, continued and stated that “service is the future. “It is important for patients to have the whole package, and we need to work on that. In the private sector, the client or patient should be the king, the emperor and we are all at his service. We have to be the best here too. We don’t have to struggle with price, but with quality. My personal opinion is that we have excellent doctors, and private clinics need to be invested in and promoted in order to grow them from about 20 to about 60 or about 100“. Bagatin said, stressing that investments should be made in health tourism throughout the year.center_img More information, as well as presentations from the conference, can be found HERE. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli pointed out that in the future tourism strategy from 2020, health tourism will be in the “top three, if not the top one” products in the Croatian offer. “This type of offer strongly contributes to the development of year-round tourism in Croatia, which is our goal, and it also contributes to increasing investment. This year alone, more than 7,5 million euros are being invested in this type of offer. Now, for the first time, we have a legal framework for the development of this offer through changes in tourism and health laws, and we believe that it will be easier for everyone to work, in which it is important to maintain quality and be price competitive, which Croatia already is.”. Photo: Hgk “It is estimated that health tourism brings in about 500 million euros a year, as well as that it could be much more, even a few billion, because Croatia has both natural and professional advantages over many countries. Due to this offer, tourists stay longer in Croatia, about 13 days. Most foreign tourists come from the traditional markets of Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, and the expertise of doctors and the reputation of the institution are most important for choosing a destination.”, He said. Dragan Primorac President of the Management Board of the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina and the Ambassador of Penn State University, Dragan Primorac, in their lecture commented on the future of medicine and the importance of investing in its development. He emphasized the competence and expertise of Croatian medicine and doctors, which contributes to the great potential of Croatia as an important European health and tourism destination. “Without excellence all this we are talking about makes no sense. Croatia has potential and Croatia has people. We witness this truth every day in all health care institutions, whether public or private”, Concluded Primorac.last_img read more

Developer fast-tracks final release to meet demand from buyers

first_imgA SUCCESSFUL sellout of stage one in just eight weeks has prompted the early release of the final stage of the up-market The Tilbury residential development at Coomera.The $30 million 69-townhome project is being developed by Gold Coast-based Bos Property Group.Project director Steve Harrison attributed The Tilbury’s early success to the elevated nature of the site at 39 Old Coach Rd, plus a stunning recreation club and lap pool overlooking the Gold Coast.“There are very few remaining sites in the growth corridor between Nerang and Ormeau that offer skyline views of the Gold Coast,” he said. “The townhomes are also very reasonably priced from $389,400 and feature quality finishes.” Bos Property Group project has Gold Coast skyline views.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoAll designs have three bedrooms, some with an additional study, and there are two and three-bathroom configurations with a split-level option.Mr Harrison said the majority of buyers were local owner-occupiers but the project had also drawn interest from Sydney and southeast Queensland investors.“When Bos Property Group bought the site in 2011 it had DA approval for 144 retirement units,” he said. “But the group decided to build less than half this amount on up-market townhomes that would all have expansive views of the Gold Coast.” The Tilbury features an 18m resort pool, club lounge, barbecue, entertainment areas and landscaped gardens.It is close to Coomera Marine Precinct, the $1 billion Coomera Town Centre project, M1 Motorway, Coomera train station and the $50 million Coomera Square. Completion is expected in July.last_img read more

Buyer surge outstripping homes coming up for sale

first_img The Ferguson home at 19 Kitchener Road, Ascot, is on the market now amid major demand for new listings. The pool was relocated on the site plan to create more green space around the home at 19 Kitchener Road, Ascot.He added that while COVID-19 restrictions had affected stock in the past 28 days, total listings as at May 21 was down 21 per cent compared with the same time last year. “Ray White Queensland is exceptionally proud to still have more than 5500 properties for sale. This is excluding rural, industrial and commercial properties.” Pent-up demand during COVID means “we are genuinely selling more than we’re listing”.“Data is showing high levels of pre-approvals for finance, so people can act quickly on fewer properties that are available. Pre-approval applications are up too,” Mr Warland said. “The amount of motivated buyers that my office has had has encouraged us to sell. There’s a lot of confidence in the market. I feel a good feeling with listings being so low, there’s a distinct lack of competition.” He said his office had more than 140 groups of buyers through open homes last Saturday, with 10 properties sold in seven days.Mr Ferguson said he, wife Tonja, and daughters Annabel, 16 and Holly 9, bought the Kitchener Road property six years ago and undertook an all-out renovation for what was to be their “forever home”. Home built by pokies heir has jaw dropping twin pools MORE: Massive mega mansion record price revealed Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago Ray White Ascot principal Dwight Ferguson and his wife Tonja at their home which is among those now being listed for sale in Ascot. Picture, John Gass.Surging buyer demand is outstripping homes coming up for sale, with some sellers jumping at the chance to capitalise on the fall in listings. Tony Warland, the Queensland chief executive of Ray White, one of the nation’s biggest estate agencies, said data showed that over the past 28 days, new listings were down more than 40 per cent in Brisbane, compared with the same period last year, when demand was rising.center_img Ray White Queensland chief executive Tony Warland The fireplace at 19 Kitchener Road, Ascot, is perfect for chilly Queensland winter evenings.This comes as the company gears up for more than 650 open for inspections next weekend.“The data from the portals and from our own website shows that digital traffic has never been higher, so there’s a lot of people looking to buy, which is a great landscape for our sellers.” Ray White Ascot principal Dwight Ferguson said high demand led he and wife Tonja to put their home at 19 Kitchener Rd, Ascot, on the market. “I have never seen so many buyer inquiries than right now. All the signs are there, because stock is so critically low, which means the supply-demand balance is tipped in favour of vendors.” he said. Coronavirus restrictions trigger rare sale on former Pink Palace site Homes are now selling faster than listings can be added, with data from the past seven days showing that properties sold outstripped new listings by 35 per cent, Mr Warland said. A play area for children was created in a new grassy zone at 19 Kitchener Road, Ascot. Hundreds of thousands of dollars went into creating outdoor entertainment and play spaces at 19 Kitchener Road, Ascot.“We did the whole lot, no expense was spared. It was like an open wallet situation as it was our forever home,” he said, “but we are very motivated sellers now.” The resort-style home is on a big 1,118sq m block with a 37.1m frontage, a full-size tennis court and a glass-framed swimming pool. “There are five bedrooms, three of those have ensuites. We filled the pool and put a new pool in, relocated it and that’s made it a family-friendly home with grass right around the property in three separate areas. There’s a kids playground, downstairs entertainment area and tennis court with artificial grass and a new playing surface. We moved the garage to the street level and turned the garage into a gym.”  FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

More offshore platforms evacuated due to hurricane Harvey

first_imgOffshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have evacuated 105 offshore platforms in response to tropical storm Harvey.The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said that, based on data from offshore operator reports submitted at 18:30 CET on Sunday, personnel was evacuated from a total of 105 production platforms, 14.25 percent of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.This is 19 platforms more compared to the Friday count.Further according to the BSEE, personnel was also evacuated from five non-DP rigs, which is 50 percent of the ten rigs of this type currently operating in the Gulf.One DP rig has moved off location out of the storm’s path as a precaution. As far as DP rigs go, there are 21 operating in the Gulf of Mexico.As part of the evacuation process, personnel activated the shut-in procedure on the platforms. This involves closing the sub-surface safety valves located below the surface of the ocean floor to prevent the release of oil or gas. According to the BSEE, the shut-in valves functioned 100 percent of the time during previous hurricane seasons.From operator reports, it is estimated that approximately 21.64 percent of the current oil production of 1,75 million barrels of oil per day in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in, which equates to 378,633 bopd.It is also estimated that approximately 25.71 percent of the natural gas production of 3,220 million cubic feet per day, or 827.89 million cubic feet per day in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in. The production percentages are calculated using information submitted by offshore operators in daily reports which are based on the amount of oil and gas the operator expected to produce that day.The shut-in production figures, therefore, are estimates, which BSEE compares to historical production reports to ensure the estimates follow a logical pattern.The BSEE added that the facilities would be inspected after the storm passes. Once all standard checks have been completed, production from undamaged facilities will be brought back on line immediately. Facilities sustaining damage may take longer to bring back on line.The number of evacuated platforms and rigs is increasing since the BSEE said on Friday that oil and gas companies evacuated workers from 86 production platforms and five rigs.Also, The National Hurricane Center said on Sunday that Harvey was producing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding and there are flash flood emergencies in effect for portions of southeastern Texas. NASA’s satellite imagery taken 12 hours apart revealed that Harvey remains almost stationary.American energy corporation ConocoPhillips said via social media that, due to severe weather conditions caused by hurricane Harvey, all of the company’s Houston-area offices would be closed on Monday and Tuesday, August 28 and 29.Oil major ExxonMobil decided on Friday to allocate $500,000 for contributions to regional Red Cross organizations along the U.S. Gulf Coast to assist with relief efforts in communities expected to be impacted by Harvey. The company also made provisions to ensure that emergency responders and other essential service providers requesting fuel are given priority.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

BP and Reliance move on to second phase of India’s deep-water gas field development

first_imgUK’s giant BP and India’s Reliance Industries have sanctioned the second phase of integrated Block KG D6 development, the ‘Satellite cluster’ project, located in the Bay of Bengal off India. The companies are moving forward to develop the Block’s discovered deep-water gas fields in an integrated series of projects, bringing new gas production for India, BP said in a statement on Thursday.The ‘Satellite cluster’ is the second of three projects in the Block KG D6 integrated development. The first of the projects, development of the ‘R-Series’ deep-water gas fields, was sanctioned in June 2017.Together, the three projects will develop a total of about 3 trillion cubic feet of discovered gas resources with a total investment of c. INR 40,000 crore ($6 billion).According to BP, they are expected to bring a total c. 30-35 million cubic meters (1 billion cubic feet) of gas a day new domestic gas production onstream, phased over 2020-2022.Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance, said: “In consonance with our announcements last year to raise domestic gas production, we are delighted to announce the on-schedule progress of the Satellite cluster in the east coast of India. This development supports the country’s imminent need of increasing domestic gas supply and is a firm step towards making India a gas-based economy.”BP chief executive, Bob Dudley, said: “Through our partnership, Reliance and BP are able to develop these discovered gas resources efficiently and economically, working closely with the Government of India. These new developments will produce much needed energy for India’s thriving economy.”Integrated field development of deep-water gas fieldsThe Satellites cluster is a dry gas development and comprises four discoveries with five well subsea development in ~1700 meters water depth, up to ~15 kilometers east and southeast of the producing D1D3 fields in KG D6.The first of the KG D6 projects to be sanctioned, the R-series project, is already in execution phase with all major contracts awarded. The Satellites cluster project will draw on execution synergies with the R-series project being developed concurrently.India today consumes over 5 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas and aspires to double gas consumption by 2022. Gas production from the integrated development is expected to help reduce India’s import dependence and amount to over 10% of the country’s projected gas demand in 2022.last_img read more