Category: Accidents

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 »

Feds begin probe of Gulf gas well blowout

Federal regulators have opened a formal investigation into last week’s blowout of a natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico, which forced the evacuation of a rig crew and later ignited a fire on the rig.  More »

Scientists collect water near site of blown well

Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Oil train safety rule delayed by one year

The Obama administration has delayed by nearly a year a plan to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery explosion that killed at least 47 people in Canada this month.  More »

Thailand resort beach blackened by oil spill

Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand’s eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline, officials said Monday.  More »

Crews ready rig to drill relief well at blowout site

Crews are preparing to drill a relief well to seal the one that blew out Tuesday, triggering a natural gas leak and rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Scientists head to inspect Gulf gas rig fire (video)

Scientists are heading to the site of the Hercules jack-up rig that was severely damaged in a fire earlier this week  More »

Train derails at Port of Tampa, spilling ethanol

Firefighters in Florida are working with CSX Transportation officials to upright 10 toppled train cars that derailed at the Port of Tampa.  More »

Blown out well seals off gas leak by itself; operators ‘lucky’, experts say

A leaking natural gas well that caused a rig to catch fire late Tuesday night has now been contained, federal authorities reported Thursday morning.  More »

Commentary: “Holy Frac, My Brakes Aren’t Working!”

Well, after posting last week’s article on celebrities and fracing, I’ve come to the conclusion that the key to getting traction with the readers of “Building Hydrocarbon Bonds” is…dropping Zooey Deschanel’s name (or maybe it was making her picture the article thumbnail).  Ironically, my article advocating for people not to pay attention only to celebrity […]  More »