Safety and Security

Combating derailments: FRA on the right track

When 27 tank cars carrying crude oil derailed in Mount Carbon, West Virginia, in February this year, much of the talk that followed focused on the wisdom of carrying crude by rail – and little analysis about why the train...

/ October 15, 2015

Busting the myth of Bakken crude volatility

As reported recently in The Bakken magazine, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Christopher Hart confirmed on North Dakotan radio something the oil industry has always known: Bakken crude is not any more volatile than other crude oil.

/ October 6, 2015

Cybersecurity – Preventive Maintenance is Essential

If you are reading this on your office computer, your company’s IT system is probably running well. If your refinery has no trouble meeting its daily output, the industrial control system is working well. However, glitches in computer systems can...

/ July 9, 2015

SCADA Systems on the Internet – Risking Security for Convenience

I recently attended the spring conference of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group, which had many presentations on the security of SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems.

/ June 29, 2015