The legal team of oilfield injury lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured oil rig workers and is one of the only firms with knowledge of maritime law willing to pursue justice in these practice areas in Connecticut and throughout the entire United States.
Does Connecticut Produce Oil?
There is no oil or gas activity in Connecticut due to limited crude oil and natural gas reserves. Most of the oil and other petroleum products that enter Connecticut travel through the port of New Haven, one of the state's 3 deepwater ports.
Where Does Connecticut Get Its Energy?
Connecticut has the 6th highest share of electricity provided by nuclear power in the United States. In 2021, Connecticut's electric power sector used a record amount of natural gas, with the substance fueling approximately 55% of the state's total electricity net generation.
How Does Natural Gas Get to Connecticut?
Once it is extracted from the source well, natural gas is transported into "gathering" lines, which get larger as they get closer to a central collection point. Gas then moves into the transmission system, which is essentially an "interstate highway" system for natural gas. About 150,000 miles of high-strength steel pipe move huge amounts of natural gas thousands of miles from producing regions to natural gas utilities in Connecticut.
Why Does Electricity Cost So Much in Connecticut?
Connecticut has some of the highest electricity costs in the U.S., according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which placed Connecticut in the top 5 states based on the average retail price of electricity in 9 of the last 10 years. Much of the reason for these high costs has to do with Connecticut's reliance on natural gas to fuel its power plants, along with a limited supply of cheaper, renewable alternatives such as hydroelectric or solar power.
New Haven Home to Largest Biodiesel Refinery on Eastern Seaboard
American GreenFuels is the largest biodiesel refinery on the eastern seaboard, and it makes heating oil in a completely unique way. The company sources used cooking oil from New York Restaurants, delivers it to their plant in New Haven, then converts it through a chemical process into biodiesel. Biodiesel can be used in cars and trucks, and it can be used for heating.
Employer-Related Workplace Injuries in Connecticut
Private industry employers reported approximately 32,700 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in Connecticut in 2021, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.0 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Of the 32,700 cases, 21,700 were classified as severe, involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction—commonly referred to as "DART" (days away, restricted or transferred) cases.
These cases occurred at a rate of about 2 cases per 100 full-time workers. Approximately 69% of the DART cases were incidents that resulted in at least 1 day away from work, compared to 66% for the rest of the United States. Other non-DART cases accounted for the remaining 10,900 cases in Connecticut, at a rate of 1.0. The national rate for other recordable cases was also 1.0.
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