The Oilworker: May 2019


May Update from the NOBP Chair

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with heavy heart that I inform you of the death of our brother, Dave Fernan, who worked at an oil terminal in the Los Angeles basin. Dave was a member of Local Union 12-675. He fell into the water during a ship mooring operation and was retrieved by coworkers and the ship’s crew. He later passed away at the hospital.

There are few details at this time, but the incident is under investigation by OSHA along with the company and union representatives.

Please keep Dave’s wife and daughters as well as the rest of his family, friends and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers.

Kim Nibarger
NOBP Chair
(Office) 412-562-2403


Click to read more from The Houston Business Journal.
Occidental challenges Chevron’s Anadarko acquisition with $57B offer

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has two competing suitors who are interested in the company’s shale oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations. Chevron Corp. gave a $33 billion bid in early April that Anadarko accepted. A little over a week later, Occidental Petroleum Corp. counteroffered with $57 billion, which represented a premium of about 20 percent to the Chevron deal. Plus, Occidental’s proposal would not come with the $1 billion breakup fee required in the Chevron offer. Either company’s purchase would likely close in the second half of 2019, subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and other usual closing conditions.

Click here to read more from Energy Times.
Anadarko to pursue deal talks with Occidental Petroleum-sources

After seeing Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s $38 billion cash-and-stock bid, Anadarko’s board of directors decided on Sunday, April 28 to negotiate a sale of the company to Occidental. Sources said it is not certain that Occidental will be able to secure its own deal, but if it does, Chevron’s contract with Anadarko allows for it to match Occidental’s offer.  

Click here to listen to the podcast.
Speak Up, Speak Out Podcast Interviews Labor and Environmental Activists Regarding Washington State’s Revamping of Its Process Safety Management Standard

The podcast features interviews with Dr. Michael Wilson, the BlueGreen Alliance’s national director for occupational and environmental health; Steve Garey, retired refinery worker, former president of USW Local 12-591 and member of the BlueGreen Alliance, and Mary Ruth Holder, a retired lawyer with experience in environmental law in Texas and a community member representing Evergreen Islands.

The program discusses refinery incidents that led to the revamping of Washington state’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard. Listeners are invited to attend a May 2 public hearing in Burlington, Wash., explaining the PSM regulatory improvements and how public comments can be made to support refinery safety.


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