Category: Accidents

Dead offshore worker described as family man and supervisor

Louisiana officials have identified the man who died in a Nov. 20 explosion at an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Fatal explosion came during maintenance work

The fatal explosion came nearly six months after federal drilling regulators warned that the facility had failed to maintain all equipment in a safe condition so as to ensure the protection of the lease and associated facilities.  More »

Feds probe fatal offshore blast

Federal investigators are on the scene of a oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that exploded on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three others.  More »

Ex-coal exec pleads not guilty in W.Va. mine blast

Blankenship entered the not guilty plea Thursday and has been released on $5 million bond.  More »

Shell Nigeria denies it lied to Dutch court

The multinational company, half owned by Nigeria’s government and with significant Dutch shareholding, says sabotage, not negligence, caused spills in 2004 along the Trans-Niger pipeline that destroyed several hectares of mangrove forests and the livelihoods of residents of Goi village.  More »

Exxon Mobil denies making spill papers secret

Plaintiffs in the case are asking a federal judge to force Exxon Mobil to prove that the information in hundreds of thousands of maintenance and repair documents on the pipeline need to be kept secret.  More »

Judge sticks to BP gross negligence ruling

A New Orleans federal judge denied BP’s request for a new trial on a finding that it was grossly negligent in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

One Halliburton worker dead, two injured in Colorado accident

Halliburton Co. confirmed that one worker died and two were injured during an accident in Colorado Thursday.  More »

Court reaffirms BP is liable in Gulf oil spill

BP is facing $18 billion in penalties stemming from the 2010 oil spill.  More »

Commentary: Is the Deepwater Horizon movie a good idea?

The movie based on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster starring Mark Wahlberg is set for release Sept. 30, 2016.  More »

Superior Crude to pay $1.6M oil spill penalty

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice say the consent decree was filed Wednesday.  More »

New Total CEO will contend with slump in production, oil

Pouyanne will have to see through a round of cost cuts as lower oil prices and weak returns from refining eat into profit at France’s largest company by sales.  More »

Total board could vote for new CEO as soon as Wednesday

Total SA moved its emergency board meeting from Tuesday to Wednesday, when it will likely choose a successor to Christophe de Margerie, who died in a plane crash Tuesday night.  More »

Reactions to Total CEO death pour in from oil industry, world leaders

Total SA CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash in Moscow on Tuesday when his private plane struck a snow plow, whose driver Russian investigators say as drunk at the time of the accident.  More »

Death of Total CEO: Reactions from oil industry, French leaders

France’s politicians and oil-industry leaders offered their condolences after the death of Christophe de Margerie, 63, chief executive officer of Total SA, the nation’s largest oil company.  More »
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