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State bans, law suits could influence the future of hydraulic fracturing in the US

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By Kelli Ainsworth, Editorial Coordinator Hydraulic fracturing, critical to the recovery of North American drilling activities, remains under threat in the US. Several states appear poised to ban hydraulic fracturing, including California and Maryland. Further, several legislation and legal actions are ongoing, including the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule that remains under appeal and a lawsuit in Oklahoma regarding fracturing and seismicity. At the same time, the general public remains very concerned about the effects of hydraulic fracturing – in terms of drinking water quality and induced seismicity, for example. Such concerns continue to drive the actions and decisions for many state agencies. “Perception affects what laws, regulations and bans go into place,” said Michael Gray, ...

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Video demo from IADC HSE conference: How to put your back back in

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Lower back pain is commonly caused by stress or pressure on the discs, which sit between the vertebrae in the spine, Peter Guske, a physical therapist and President of The Back Saver System, said at the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the conference on 7 February, Mr Guske demonstrates an exercise that can alleviate back pain when performed regularly. He also explains how overall body strength can help prevent back pain and injury.

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Behavioral reliability, transformational leadership among characteristics of high-reliability organizations

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One key characteristic of high-reliability organizations is that they have a safety culture with behavioral reliability. This means workers are encouraged and expected to operate safely 100% of the time. To develop a safety culture with behavioral reliability, organizations need transformational leaders who are willing to lead by example in order to effect culture change. Watch this video with Jim Spigener, Senior Vice President of DEKRA Insight, from the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference on 8 February in Houston to learn more about the key characteristics of high-reliability organizations.

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