A column of smoke comes off the West Delta 32 complex in the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion on a Black Elk platform on Nov. 16, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard)

Manslaughter charges filed in deadly 2012 platform blast

The blast killed three Filipino workers — Avelino Tajonera, Ellroy Corporal and Jerome Malagapo — and injured several others.
In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and oil wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural oil wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Fracking chemicals led to warehouse fire, evacuation, 3 hurt

Lubrizol workers were working with emergency crews to contain the fire and protect homes and businesses, the company said.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Rhode Island pension system sues BP, Plains All American over oil spills

In May, a corroded pipeline owned by Plains All American released crude near Santa Barbara, California.

Train cars lie overturned outside of Alma, Wis. after derailing on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. BNSF Railway said multiple tanker cars leaked ethanol into the Mississippi River on Saturday. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

2nd train derails in Wisconsin in 2 days, spills crude oil

Federal investigators and hazardous material specialists are on their way to the scene, the Federal Railroad Administration said in a tweet.
(Paul O'Driscoll/Bloomberg News)

Amnesty International says Shell has not cleaned up oil spills in Nigeria

A new report quotes one contractor as saying his clean-up was “a cover-up” that involved simply turning over earth to let spilled oil dry for a few days, then returning the still-contaminated soil to the ground.

Feds probing death of worker on Gulf drillship

The worker on the Pacific Santa Ana was killed as the drillship prepared to bore a well for Chevron, BP and ConocoPhillips.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Workers cap out-of-control North Dakota oil well

Oasis Petroleum spokesman Brian Grove says the well near White Earth was under control at midmorning on Tuesday.
Sweeny is the largest refinery by capacity in the portfolio of Phillips 66, Houston’s biggest Fortune 500 company. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Phillips 66 delays Sweeny startup after mechanical failure

The 100,000-barrel-a-day Fractionator One project at Phillips 66’s Sweeny complex is part of a $3 billion capital expansion project in southern Texas launched last year.
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Massive pipeline explosion in Encinal under investigation

The explosion occured at around 4 a.m. at a facility operated by Lewis Energy Group, a San Antonio-based oil and gas company.
The Exxon Baton Rouge, top, attempts to off load crude oil from the Exxon Valdez on March 26, 1989. (AP file photo)

State, feds won’t pursue $92 million more in Exxon Valdez spill

The state and federal governments have decided not to pursue $92 million in additional damages from Exxon Mobil Corp., citing the recovery of ducks and sea otters in Alaska’s Prince William Sound following a devastating oil spill more than two decades ago.