A massive fire roars through a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in September 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

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The 2010 California blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
Categories: Accidents, Pipelines
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One killed in Pemex refinery fire

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At least four accidents have occurred at the Ciudad Madero refinery this year, including a fire at a storage tank on July 22 that injured nine Pemex workers.
(Toby Talbot/AP)

Insurance industry changes with energy industry

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Newer areas for insurance companies to cover include shale gas, wind turbines and transporting oil by railroads, a speaker said at the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston Energy Symposium.
Categories: Accidents, General
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Report faults Chevron in deadly gas well fire

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said that a contract worker with no oil field experience worked on the well, contrary to company policy,
Categories: Accidents
Early-stage components at GE Oil & Gas in Houston will eventually be part of annular blowout preventers used in deep-water situations to seal pipes in an emergency. (For the Chronicle/Eric Kayne)

Companies at work on blowout preventers for deeper depths

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GE Oil & Gas and others are working to create blowout preventers that can work at deeper depths and higher pressures.
In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

City: Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

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The 7,000 pages of emails between leaders at PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and his staff were released as the result of a lawsuit filed by the city of San Bruno.
A fire burns at Red River Supply in an industrial part of Williston, N.D., in the early hours of Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Officials say Williston fire burned chemicals

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A North Dakota health official says air quality tests at the site showed levels “that would not raise concern.”
Categories: Accidents
(Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Shell, Exxon Mobil employees aboard downed flight

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Employees of Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil Corp. were aboard the Maylasia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine Thursday.
In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River swirling in the background as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

EPA says Duke done dredging coal ash from N.C. river

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Environmental watchdog groups pointed out Thursday that Duke recovered less than 10 percent of the coal ash it spilled.
Categories: Accidents, Coal, Environment
This July 6, 2013 file photo shows smoke rising from railway cars carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)

Influence game: Shaping railroad safety rules

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Billions of dollars are riding on how oil train safety rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.