Category: Accidents

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 »

3 workers killed in West Texas oil field rig explosion

The well is owned by Parsley Energy of Midland. Company spokeswoman Lisa Elliott says the workers who died were employed by Mason Well Service Ltd. of Odessa, an independent contractor.  More »

Oil cleanup on Yellowstone River on hold until ice melts

Cleanup work on the spill upstream of Glendive remains on hold due to ice with only about 10 percent of the oil recovered.  More »

Wisconsin Democrats want oil train rules on fast track

Four fiery oil train accidents illustrate the need for a rapid phase out of “antiquated” tank cars that are prone to rupture, lawmakers say.  More »

Railroads work to recover from derailments as group calls for oil train ban

Canadian National Railway Co. is building a 1,500-foot long track to bypass a burning train that derailed Saturday in northern Ontario, while BNSF Railway Co. crews were working Sunday to reopen track in rural Illinois after a train carrying oil derailed three days ago.  More »

Train carrying crude oil derails in Canada

The derailment involved 10 train cars — some of which caught fire and entered the Mattagami River System, police said  More »

Derailment set to fuel push for crude volatility mandates

The fiery derailment of an oil train in Illinois on Thursday is likely to bolster a campaign for energy companies to strip combustible gases out of the crude they ship by rail.  More »

Train carrying Bakken crude derails, burns in Illinois

The derailment occurred 3 miles south of Galena in a wooded and hilly area that is a major tourist attraction and the home of former President Ulysses S. Grant.  More »
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