Category: Accidents

North Dakota wants answers on Tesoro’s ruptured pipeline inspections

North Dakota officials are trying to determine if Tesoro Corp. knew about potential problems — including one deemed “serious” in documents obtained by The Associated Press — with a pipeline that leaked more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil in a wheat field in the northwestern part of the state.  More »

Experts question North Dakota oil spill estimates

Scientists who helped calculate oil spilled from a broken BP well into the Gulf of Mexico are questioning the methodology used to estimate the amount of crude that recently leaked from a ruptured pipeline into a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota.  More »

Independent lab to study faulty Tesoro pipeline

Tesoro Corp. says part of a broken pipeline that leaked 20,600 barrels of crude oil in a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota will be sent to an independent lab for testing.  More »

N. Dakota waits 11 days to tell public about oil spill

When a pipeline rupture sent more than 20,000 barrels of crude spewing across a North Dakota wheat field, it took nearly two weeks for officials to tell the public about it.  More »

Farmer finds oil spill while harvesting wheat

A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while out harvesting wheat says that when he found it, crude was bubbling up out of the ground.  More »

Tesoro reports larger leak from oil pipeline

A Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline has leaked 20,600 barrels of crude oil in a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Health said Thursday.  More »

Feds seek stay in lawsuit over Arkansas oil spill

Federal prosecutors in Arkansas asked a judge on Wednesday to stay proceedings in their lawsuit against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. because of the federal government shutdown.  More »

Gas pipeline explodes near Texas Panhandle

Authorities say no one was injured when a natural gas pipeline exploded in northwest Oklahoma, shooting flames into the sky that were visible from up to 50 miles away.  More »

Noble Energy takes a production hit on Colorado floods

Drilling is back to normal in the DJ Basin, where Noble produced 90,000 barrels per day in the third quarter. But battered roads have curbed the company’s efforts to complete production at its wells, and that could send its volumes down by 5,000 to 7,000 barrels per day in the fourth quarter.  More »

Overflowing tank cause of new leak at Fukushima

Another day, another radioactive-water spill. The operator of the meltdown-plagued Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says at least 430 liters (110 gallons) spilled when workers overfilled a storage tank without a gauge that could have warned them of the danger.  More »

Flood-related oil spills grow in Colorado

Another oil spill due to flooding has been found in northern Colorado, bringing the total amount of oil released in and near the South Platte River to about 43,000 gallons, state regulators said Wednesday.  More »

Public health report on 2010 oil spill released

People who canoe on, or wade or swim in, the Kalamazoo River near Marshall in southwestern Michigan are not expected to suffer any long-term harm from chemicals left in the water when an oil pipeline burst in 2010, according to a state report.  More »

More oil spills found after Colorado flooding (photos)

More spills are emerging from a Colorado oil patch ravaged by flooding as soggy conditions continue to hamper attempts to inspect the damage.  More »

Russia files piracy charges against Greenpeace

Russia filed piracy charges Tuesday against Greenpeace activists who tried to climb onto an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic owned by the state-controlled gas company Gazprom.  More »

New flood-related oil spills reported in Colorado (photos)

More spills were revealed Friday in a Colorado oilfield swamped by floodwaters as cleanup efforts remained stalled due to high waters and regulators cautioned that more oil releases were likely to be found in coming days.  More »