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THURSDAY—OIL WORKER SAFETY: Murray to Chair Hearing Investigating Oil Company Tragedies That Have Killed and Injured Dozens of Workers

Jun 07 2010

Witnesses will discuss process safety failures that led to the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Tesoro refinery accident in Washington state, and the BP Texas City refinery in 2005—as well as proposed safety procedures and regulations that could help prevent future disasters

(Washington, D.C.) – On Thursday, June 10, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) will chair a hearing of the Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee to investigate the failure of oil and gas companies to learn from previous tragedies and implement effective worker safety processes. Murray will question witnesses on the lessons learned from past accidents, as well as what changes need to be made to better protect workers in the oil and gas industry.

Kim Nibarger, one of the witnesses at the hearing, was present at the Tesoro refinery disaster and will be discussing his personal experiences with the accident in Anacortes, Washington that killed 7 workers in April, 2010. Witnesses will also discuss how the incidents at the BP Texas City refinery in 2005, the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and the Tesoro refinery in Washington state all demonstrated the effects of failed process safety management in the oil and gas industry. The hearing also comes on the 11 year anniversary of the Bellingham pipeline explosion, and Senator Murray will be discussing some of the lessons learned from this tragedy.

WHO:             Senator Patty Murray (D-WA

Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC

Kim Nibarger, Health and Safety Specialist, United Steelworkers, Pittsburgh, PA

Randall Sawyer, Director, Hazardous Materials Programs, Contra Costa County, Martinez, CA

Charles Drevna, President, National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, Washington, DC

BP Executive (Invited)

WHAT:          Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee hearing—Production over Protections: A Review of Process Safety Management in the Oil and Gas Industry

WHERE:       430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

WHEN:          Thursday, June 10, 2010

                        10:00 AM ET/7:00 AM PT

WEBCAST:  View live here

*Audio will be available following the hearing