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Wildlife Center of Texas rehabilitates wild animals, returns them to native habitats

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Every year, the Wildlife Center of Texas (WCT) treats more than 10,000 injured, sick or oiled wild animals. Treatment includes emergency trauma care, long-term rehabilitation, conditioning for release and, finally, return to the wild. Sharon Schmalz, Executive Director of the Wildlife Center of Texas, spoke at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference, held 2-3 February in Houston, to educate drilling industry professionals on the work required to save these animals. Watch the video with Ms Schmalz to learn about the WCT Oiled Wildlife Response Program, as well as the WCT’s work to rehabilitate brown pelicans affected by the Breton Sound 51 Oil Spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico.

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US Coast Guard urges offshore industry to take proactive approach to cyber risks

The US Coast Guard is working on several projects to help protect the maritime industry from cyber threats, Lt. Cmdr. Josh Rose said at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 3 February.

Cyber risks are increasing on a daily basis in the offshore industry. A potential attack could arise from a multitude of vulnerabilities, such as from an employee’s malware-infected USB drive or from an improperly protected internet router. “The threat is unlimited,” Lt. Cmdr. Josh Rose with the US Coast Guard (USCG) said at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 2 February. “There are statistics out there that people have been hacked for seven to nine months before they find out. That’s pretty staggering when you think about someone walking around your oil rig for seven to nine months before you realize they are not supposed to be there.”

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Wood Mackenzie: No sign of significant oil production shut-ins at $35/bbl


A new global oil production analysis indicates that 3.4 million bbl/day of oil production is cash negative at a Brent oil price of $35. Since the dramatic drop in prices from late 2014, there have been few halts in production – with approximately 100,000 bbl/day shut-in globally to date. According to the Wood Mackenzie report, the areas with the largest volumes shut-in so far have been Canada onshore and oil sands, conventional US onshore projects and aging UK North Sea fields. However, the number of shut-ins is unlikely to increase at the rate some might expect, as many producers hold out in the hope of a price rebound.

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IADC Houston Chapter awards scholarships

Texas Tech University students Ernest Munoz, Alondra Guevara, Voigt Hansberger, Marissa Smart, Ryan Bratton and Marco Moreno receive IADC Houston Chapter scholarships.

The IADC Houston Chapter awarded 25 students from four Texas universities with scholarships for the 2015/2016 school year. Each student was selected by their university to participate in the IADC interview process, and awarded the scholarship based on their overall GPA in engineering or related studies, leadership skills, internship experience and overall interest in the oil and gas industry. Students selected attend Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, The University of Texas and the University of Houston.

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Subsea Safety System provides electrohydraulic control of subsea safety tree


Halliburton has released the Dash 3-in. Subsea Safety System for electrohydraulic control of the company’s subsea safety tree. Previously, control was provided through direct hydraulic pressure from the surface. This latest edition to the Dash series employs the speed of electrohydraulic actuation in core safety functions while still providing full direct hydraulic redundant control of all functions. This helps to increase reliability and provide more cost-efficient operation and maintenance.

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