In 2015, the oil and gas industry reported fewer work-related fatalities than in 2014, according to a report released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2015 combined total for oil and gas extraction industries was the lowest since 2009.
For the past 3 years, SPE and the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), along with other industry groups and US federal government agencies, have been working on the development of a voluntary industrywide safety data-sharing framework that could help companies better identify and mitigate potential high-consequence risks in their operations.
On 20 April 2010, a multiple-fatality accident occurred at the Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its final investigation report from this incident in April 2016, and Mary Beth Mulcahy, an investigator with the CSB, will present the results of the investigation at a meeting of the SPE Gulf Coast Section Safety and Environmental Study Group on 10 January in Houston.