Oil Spill Prevention and Response

Each day, America’s oil and natural gas companies safely supply much of the energy that heats and cools Americans’ homes, and fuels our transportation needs. The industry has a long history of leadership, a strong commitment to safety and demonstrated performance.

Under federal law, all companies with offshore facilities must file oil spill contingency plans with The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and emergency response plans with the U.S. Coast Guard. Companies must ensure that spill response equipment is available and properly maintained, and that employees are adequately trained. Federal and state agencies regularly conduct drills and inspections to ensure response capabilities are maintained at a high level.

Following the Gulf oil spill, the industry has taken several steps to improve our safety mechanisms, including joining forces to build and deploy a rapid-response containment system. This system is pre-engineered, constructed, tested and ready for rapid deployment in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Its primary objective is to contain spilled oil with no flow to the sea.

The industry has also created the Center for Offshore Safety, which draws on lessons learned from successful and existing safety programs, applying the best elements of these programs to accommodate the unique challenges of offshore oil and natural gas operations.

New technologies and better training position our industry as a global leader as we continue to yield improvements when it comes to protecting our nation’s health and environment through spill prevention. Spills are rare, but when they do happen, the oil and natural gas industry and the U.S. government work together to employ the world’s leading response capabilities and minimize environmental harm.

The industry’s primary spill response objectives are to:

  1. Prevent the spill from moving onshore
  2. Reduce the impact on marine life
  3. Speed the degradation of any unrecovered oil

The industry spends millions of dollars annually to fund the entities that rapidly deploy spill response vessels, skimmers, booms and dispersants should a spill occur. The industry is committed to a goal of zero injuries and zero incidents. Every incident or release is incentive to improve technology, training, operations procedures, and industry standards and best practices.

Onshore, the industry has a number of programs intended to enhance worker safety and spill prevention. For example, the E&P Onshore Operations Program provides training on critical safety issues found at onshore sites. For more information about industry programs, view this fact sheet.

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About Lone Star Sealing Technologies
Lone Star Sealing Technologies was founded in 2004 to better serve the customers of Lone Star Fasteners and Walker Bolt. Our core product line consists of API Ring Joint Gaskets, Proprietary Wellhead Gaskets and Spiral Wound Gaskets. We also provide specialty cut gasket services for our OEM clients as well as general distribution for Raised Faced and Full Faced flange gaskets to ANSI B16.5 dimensions. LoneStar have a variety of high quality of gaskets and other options for fluid sealing applications built to endure, even under the toughest conditions. You can be confident that we go to every extreme to make sure that our products are built to perform. As manufactures and distributors of industrial gaskets for the oil and gas, and petrochemical industries, we know that it takes to produce quality that lasts and we continually tweak product lines in an effort to improve even the most proven gasket in the industry. In 2005 Lone Star acquired the assets of K&W Manufacturing, a Houston based API Ring Gasket producer. Established in 1964, K & W Manufacturing is an industry leader, among a few selected manufacturers in the world, approved by the American Petroleum Institute to apply the API monogram to Ring Joint Gaskets. In 2006 Lone Star acquired Grange Gaskets and Grange Precision Engineering (now Lone Star Grange) based in Leeds, England. Since 1948, Grange has been one of the United Kingdoms premier specialty gasket companies, specializing in Heat Exchange Gaskets of all types and configurations. Grange is world renowned for it's specialty clad gasket capabilities and quick service on spiral wound gaskets.

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