Category: Accidents

BP asks Texas Supreme Court for ruling that would cut spill costs

The legal question of the day, submitted by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to the justices in Texas, could change the way companies finance risky business operations well beyond the oil industry.  More »

Occidental agrees to $190 million settlement with New Jersey

Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s chemical subsidiary has agreed to pay New Jersey $190 million to resolve liability stemming from damages to the Passaic River, the state’s attorney general announced Monday.  More »

Chevron draining natural gas after worker death

Authorities said that a Chevron Corp. subsidiary was still releasing natural gas Sunday from a pipeline off the Louisiana coast where a Saturday incident killed a maintenance worker.  More »

1 dead in gas accident on offshore La. platform

A contractor was killed and two others were injured Saturday during maintenance on a Chevron natural gas pipeline off the Louisiana coast, authorities said.  More »

Natural gas industry unveils security program

A new program led by natural gas utilities could help improve the safety of their infrastructure by allowing them to more effectively share information about the threats they’re facing.  More »

Judge rules BP was grossly negligent in oil spill

A federal judge on Thursday ruled that BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago was the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct by the London oil company.  More »

PG&E plans to appeal penalty in deadly blast

The filing didn’t list a reason for the appeal. The gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb killed eight people in 2010.  More »

PG&E fined $1.4 billion for deadly 2010 blast

The explosion killed eight people and prompted national alerts about aging pipelines.  More »

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 »
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