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IADC, Regulation, and Legislation

Companies should consider how response to downturns impact attraction of new employees

As the drilling industry contemplates how to attract more of and the best talent, companies should reconsider how they respond to a downturn and the impact of cutting things like internship programs. In this video, Ms Ramirez discusses the value of IADC student chapter involvement and offers insights into millennials’ perspectives, needs and ambitions...

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IADC DRILLERSPAC and USMCA update from Capitol Hill

The United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement, coming before Congress this summer, will retain key provisions from NAFTA to protect the energy industry, said Liz Craddock, IADC Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, at the 2019 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition in Houston on 16 May. In this video, Mrs Craddock discusses legislative priorities and the success of the recently formed DRILLERSPAC and how to get involved.

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OSHA Multi-Employer Citation Policy, potential impact on energy industry

With multi-employer scenarios commonplace in oil and gas, OSHA’s citation policy puts general contractors at risk of a citation even in instances where they do not have a direct hiring relationship with the secondary sub-contractor in violation. At the 2019 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition, Ken Bullock, a shareholder with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, said the challenge will be how to minimize potential civil liability while complying with the Multi-Employer Citation Policy. In this video, Mr Bullock explains the policy and how it could impact the energy industry.

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BSEE finalizes improved Blowout Preventer and Well Control Regulations

The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released the final improved Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control regulations. BSEE’s final Well Control Rule – as the regulation is commonly known – removes unnecessary regulatory burdens to responsible offshore development while maintaining safety and environmental protection. The revised rule reflects the Trump Administration’s focus on smarter regulations that provide regulatory certainty, signal American competitiveness, advance energy security, and sustain economic prosperity while promoting safety. “Today’s final rule puts safety first, both public and environmental safety, in a common sense way,” said US Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “Incorporating the best available science, best practices and technological innovations of the past decade, the rule eliminates unnecessary ...

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IADC strengthens next-gen engagement with new student chapter, YP Committee

By Jason McFarland, IADC President In the last issue of DC, I talked in this space about how our industry must commit to the next generation just as it’s committed itself to innovation and safety. As IADC travels throughout the world, the topic of how to engage with, attract and retain the next generation of oil and gas personnel is top of mind for seemingly every segment of our industry. There’s good reason. The US Energy Information Administration is projecting a 28% increase in worldwide energy use by 2040. The next generation will be responsible for building upon today’s technological innovations to ensure that our industry can supply the world’s energy while remaining respectful stewards of the environments in which we ...

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Killalea retires from IADC with legacy of leadership and innovation

Achievements over 28 years include pioneering of World Drilling, ART Committee and leadership of Drilling Contractor magazine, multimedia growth By Sarah Junek, Associate Editor After 28 years with IADC, Mike Killalea is retiring in March, leaving a legacy of mentorship and innovation. Mr Killalea joined the association in 1991 as Associate Editor of Drilling Contractor magazine and retires as Group Vice President and Editor/Publisher. His years at IADC reflect an unending energy for chasing good opportunities and trusting one’s instincts. Mr Killalea’s life has been marked by combined passions for science and the written word. After his service in the US Navy, Mr Killalea earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1980. A ...

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Industry must commit to next generation just as it’s committed to innovation, safety

By Jason McFarland, IADC President The beginning of the year represents a fresh start, a time to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. At IADC, this is exactly the approach that we take at the start of each new year; constantly evaluating what we offer to our members to ensure that it works for their needs and delivers value. As we look forward into 2019, I see a lot of opportunities for IADC. Specifically, we are contemplating ways to reach the next generation of oilfield workers and get them involved in IADC early in their careers. The prolonged downturn has a way of making those who would consider a career in oil and gas think ...

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IADC launches DDR Plus to enable more granular data collection, support industry’s digital revolution

Revamped IADC tour sheet retains original 28 codes, adds 6 new operational codes By Mike Killalea, Adviser The drilling industry is undergoing sweeping change, driven by advances in digital technology. These advances support growth of data analytics and set forth the tantalizing prospects offered from developing automated drilling systems. However, increased data analytics and automation means that rig and downhole data had better be accurate and of known quality. To ensure improved and more granular drilling data collection, the IADC Drilling Control Systems (DCS) Subcommittee has completed a sweeping revamp of the IADC Daily Drilling Report (DDR), known also as the tour sheet. The DCS works under the purview of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee. The new version, ...

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