Category: Accidents

Chevron agrees to pay $2M for Calif refinery fire

Chevron on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in connection with a fire at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond.  More »

Accidents show depth of danger in shallow waters

Recent incidents have brought new attention to dangers that still lurk on the shallow continental shelf, where companies rely on decades-old pipes and platforms to tap aging fields.  More »

In wake of Canadian disaster, US issues emergency rules for trains

In the wake of a deadly train accident in Canada, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration has issued a series of measures to be undertaken by all railroads to help prevent trains operating on mainline tracks or sidings from moving unintentionally.  More »

Report shows problems with Ark. Exxon pipeline

A technical report on the ExxonMobil pipeline that failed in Faulkner County and spilled crude oil in a neighborhood shows that problems were identified with its construction method as early as 1989, a newspaper reported.  More »

Feds meet with Houston oil execs about Gulf accidents

Top federal regulators met with offshore oil and gas leaders in Houston to discuss recent accidents in the shallow-water Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Energy giant slammed for oil spill in Thai sea

Critics are slamming Thailand’s state-owned oil and gas company for its allegedly inefficient response to an oil spill that polluted a tourist island.  More »

Well plugging effort delays assessment of damaged Gulf rig

Hercules Offshore says it does not know yet how badly one of its Gulf of Mexico rigs was damaged in a blowout and fire last week, and cannot take a close look until a relief well permanently kills the one that blew out.  More »

Oil slick spreads as cleanup drags on Thai island

An oil spill that has marred a tourist island in the Gulf of Thailand has spread to nearby smaller isles, officials said Wednesday, as authorities raced to clean up the island’s once-white sands and clear waters.  More »

How to spot a pipeline leak with a bowling ball (video)

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Shell moves to Nigerian offshore fields amid onshore woes

At Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (RDSA) compound in the Nigerian city of Warri, the gate is locked, the grounds are empty and grass has overgrown since Europe’s biggest oil company closed its operations in March after more than 40 years.  More »

EPA: Enbridge nearly tripling oil spill dredging

Enbridge Inc. will nearly triple the amount of contaminated sediment it dredges in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River to clean up after a July 2010 oil pipeline spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.  More »

Crews to start relief well Thursday at Gulf blowout site

Crews plan to begin drilling Thursday to intercept and plug a Gulf of Mexico natural gas well that went out of control last week.  More »

Thai oil spill spreads to new bay on resort island

Progress was being made on cleaning the oil that washed into Prao Bay on the west coast of Samet Island in Thailand, though not fast enough, as the oil slick continued to spread three days after leaking from a nearby pipeline.  More »

Massive explosions rock central Florida gas plant

Workers were injured and several were missing after explosions erupted at a Florida gas plant.  More »

Industry fights safety retrofit of older rail cars

The oil industry and U.S railroads are resisting the Obama administration’s attempt to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery, fatal explosion in Canada, citing costs and technical challenges.  More »