Category: Accidents

Transportation officials issue oil train safety measures

There have been a series of fiery oil train explosions in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, including one just across the border in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people.  More »

Transportation safety official calls risk from surge of crude rail cars “unacceptable”

“When we’re using the same car to carry crude oil as we use to carry corn oil, that’s a problem,” acting NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said.  More »

AP: Offshore wells buried during Hurricane Ivan have been leaking oil into the Gulf since 2004

An Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than what the company behind the leak has publicly reported.  More »

Pemex still searching for missing workers

Mexico’s state-run oil company continues to search for three missing workers from a platform fireball that killed four others, while beginning to restore production at the damaged Gulf of Mexico facility, officials said Sunday  More »

Mexico’s Pemex: 3 workers still missing after platform blaze

Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said it became aware of the missing workers when it recounted personnel after Wednesday’s fire on the Abkatun-A Permanente shallow-water platform in the Campeche Sound.  More »

Pemex says it will meet deliveries despite massive oil platform explosion

Four workers died including one from Mexican oil services provider Cotemar SA and 16 others were injured Wednesday after a fire on the Abkatun platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Pemex platform fire kills four workers, injures 16

A fire at a shallow-water oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has killed four workers, injured 16 and forced the evacuation of 300, Mexico’s state-owned oil company said Wednesday.  More »

Senate Democrats seek tougher federal rules for oil trains

Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell on Wednesday said the measure would ban the use of older tank cars, regulates the volatility of crude oil carried on trains and ensures that rail infrastructure is properly maintained.  More »

Exxon finishes $1.3 million in work from 2011 Montana spill

The Texas oil giant paid for emergency training for local responders, fisheries improvement projects on the river and new leak detection equipment for the state.  More »

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit targeting Exxon over Arkansas oil spill

It’s unknown whether the plaintiffs plan to appeal.  More »

Canada safety board says tank car standards needed sooner

A new standard was enacted in Canada after a fiery derailment in July, 2013 in the center of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killed 47 people, but oil trains meeting the new standard continue to derail and catch fire throughout North America.  More »

Supply vessel hits Apache platform; company says no injuries or spills

Apache said the platform has been shut down but there hasn’t been any leak of oil or gas. It’s unclear when production will resume.  More »

Oilfield safety a concern as companies cut costs during downturn

The oil and gas industry saw 112 workers die in 2013, the latest figures available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s up 31 percent from 2003. Meanwhile, producers and drillers doubled their workforce in the same period, to 507,000.  More »

OSHA says company involved in Midland explosion had violation in 2014

The violation, which took place in February 2014, was related to “flammable and combustible liquids” and was specifically for “sources of ignition,” according to OSHA’s website.  More »

Trains carrying crude in Canada to face tougher safety standards

The latest Transport Canada proposals, published online Wednesday, go beyond earlier announcements by requiring rail cars carrying crude to have thicker steel, full “head shields,” mandatory thermal “jacket” protection among other upgrades.  More »
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