Category: Accidents

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 »

Colorado flooding shuts wells, triggers oil spills (photos)

Colorado’s flooding has shut down hundreds of natural gas and oil wells in the state’s top petroleum patch and triggered at least two significant spills.  More »

Feds won’t lift threat to ban Black Elk Energy as violations persist

Black Elk Energy has more work to do to satisfy federal regulators it has improved its safety performance, following a fatal platform fire last year. Otherwise, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the company will remain under a year-old threat that it will be barred from operating in federal waters.  More »

Commentary: Looking past isolated incidents to see the big picture of safety in oil and gas

It has always frustrated me that the industry keeps relatively quiet following high profile incidents. Rather than take control of the narrative and seize the chance to provide as much clarity as possible, it tends to fall back on itself. This allows other groups to shape events to their advantage, and the damage to the industry’s reputation grows larger and lasts longer.  More »

Greenpeace says 2 activists held in Russian Arctic

The environmentalist group Greenpeace says two of its activists have been arrested after climbing onto an oil platform in Russia’s Arctic waters. It claims warning shots were fired across the organization’s ship.  More »

Oil companies help Keene upgrade rescue equipment

The western North Dakota oil patch town of Keene got a little help from the oil industry when officials decided to upgrade emergency response equipment.  More »

Train car derails while headed to NJ oil refinery

A single train car has derailed in the southern New Jersey community where a derailment last year caused the leak of a potentially dangerous chemical.  More »

Statoil: Algeria terror attack was ‘unprecedented’

Norwegian oil company Statoil says it may have relied too heavily on Algerian military protection at its Ain Amenas gas facility, which was attacked by armed terrorist in January.  More »

BP poisoned neighbors in toxin release, Texas jury told

BP Plc (BP/) deliberately exposed neighbors of a Texas refinery to tons of cancer-causing gases for weeks without warning in 2010, a lawyer told a Texas jury.  More »