Category: Accidents

Fire out after BP Whiting refinery explosion

An explosion and fire occurred late Wednesday at BP’s biggest U.S. refinery in Whiting, Indiana, but appears to have left no serious injuries.  More »

Commentary: Mark Wahlberg and Deepwater Horizon? I’m skeptical but cautiously optimistic

I’ve written in the past about my skepticism when it comes to Hollywood depicting the oil & gas industry, and unfortunately I don’t see much reason or incentive for this film to take a different course.  More »

Officials say oil spill sheen dissipating in Ohio River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is coordinating the response to the spill, which occurred at a Duke Energy power plant near Cincinnati.  More »

Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

Wendy Tadros said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that didn’t do proper safety audits.  More »

Fuel oil spills into Ohio River

Duke Energy said the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.  More »

Feds boosting oil spill liability limits

The Coast Guard moved Tuesday to boost the liability limits capping how much companies must pay for oil spills that foul U.S. waters.  More »

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

The 2010 California blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.  More »

One killed in Pemex refinery fire

At least four accidents have occurred at the Ciudad Madero refinery this year, including a fire at a storage tank on July 22 that injured nine Pemex workers.  More »

Insurance industry changes with energy industry

Newer areas for insurance companies to cover include shale gas, wind turbines and transporting oil by railroads, a speaker said at the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston Energy Symposium.  More »

Report faults Chevron in deadly gas well fire

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said that a contract worker with no oil field experience worked on the well, contrary to company policy,  More »

Companies at work on blowout preventers for deeper depths

GE Oil & Gas and others are working to create blowout preventers that can work at deeper depths and higher pressures.  More »

City: Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

The 7,000 pages of emails between leaders at PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and his staff were released as the result of a lawsuit filed by the city of San Bruno.  More »
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