Category: Accidents

Cleanup crews respond to Hilcorp pipeline spill in Alaska

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says responders were able to reach the site at about 6 a.m. Sunday after severe blizzard conditions overnight Saturday halted response efforts.  More »

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a den…  More »

Feds: Speed doesn’t appear to be factor in West Virginia oil train crash

The CSX train was going 33 mph at the time of Monday’s crash in the town of Mount Carbon.  More »

Exxon refinery unit in California down for maintenance before fire

The Oil Price Information Service, which tracks the oil industry, said Thursday the unit was down for two days after problems with a recently repaired component within it.  More »

Duke Energy says it expects to settle criminal probe for $100 million

The company reported profits of $1.88 billion for 2014, or $2.66 per share. Revenue was reported at about $23.9 billion.  More »

Video: Blast hits Exxon Mobil refinery in Southern California

Deuel says a small ground fire was quickly extinguished. He says the flare system was triggered for safety reasons.  More »

West Virginia oil train derailment: Fires for hours, smoke

Emergency crews and environmental officials are responding to a train derailment in West Virginia that sent at least one tanker containing crude oil into a river and also caused a nearby house to catch fire.  More »

Saltwater spill contained on-site at North Dakota oil well

Murex Petroleum Corp. reported that 500 barrels of saltwater were contained and recovered on site.  More »

Canadian National’s main line shuts after crude cars derail

The train of 100 cars, all carrying crude from Canada’s oil-producing region of Alberta to eastern Canada, derailed just before midnight Saturday in a remote and wooded area about 30 miles north of Gogama, Ontario, Canadian National Railway nspokesman Patrick Waldron said in an e-mail  More »

BP loses bid for Transocean insurance in spill case

The Texas Supreme Court says BP isn’t covered under Transocean’s insurance policy on the project that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Death toll of Brazilian oil ship explosion rises to 5

According to the Unified Oil Workers Federation, Brazil’s biggest oil industry union, the blast was caused by a gas leak in the vessel’s engine room.  More »

Oil ship explosion in Brazil kills three, union says

The Unified Oilworkers Federation said in a statement on its website that the blast was caused by a gas leak in the engine room of the vessel.  More »

Fires out where ethanol tanker cars derailed in Iowa

Fires at the site of an eastern Iowa freight train derailment are out but ethanol is leaking into the Mississippi River and the task turned to monitoring for environmental impact and offloading the fuel from derailed trains to empty cars.  More »

Enterprise Products seeks cause of West Virginia pipeline explosion

Monday’s explosion sent flames shooting several hundred feet into the air.  More »

Houston man accused of lying about blowout preventer tests

If convicted on two counts of making false statements to federal agencies, he could get up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.  More »
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