Category: Accidents

Production set to resume at platform where fire killed three workers

Black Elk Energy’s West Delta 22 production platform will resume operations early next week, nine months after a deadly explosion.  More »

Feds to collect info on ‘near misses’ offshore

The federal government on Wednesday moved to fill a major gap in overseeing the safety of offshore oil and gas development, by pledging to develop a system for tracking near-miss incidents that could be a harbinger of bigger problems.  More »

Most lawsuits settled in gas pipeline explosion

The companies that own a gas pipeline that exploded near Charleston in December have settled all but one of the lawsuits filed by residents who were impacted by the blast.  More »

Embassy of the Philippines vows to protect claims of workers hurt in Gulf blast

Officials from the Philippines vowed to protect the rights and claims of workers from the country who were injured and killed in last year’s fatal Gulf platform blast.  More »

More died on the job in Texas last year

Michael Cunningham, executive director of the Texas Building & Construction Trades Council for the AFL-CIO in Austin, hadn’t seen the data but suspects a sizable portion of the increase comes from the surge in oil and gas exploration and production in Texas.  More »

Black Elk-funded investigation blames contractors for fatal platform explosion

The fatal explosion of a Gulf of Mexico production platform last November was sparked by contractors conducting maintenance work at the site, according to an investigation commissioned by the Houston-based company that owned the facility.  More »

Japan studies ice wall to halt radioactive water leaks

Turning soil into virtual permafrost with refrigerated coolant piped through the earth was first used in the 1860s to shore up coal mines. One hundred and fifty years on, it’s the newest idea for containing the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  More »

Railway in Quebec train tragedy loses license

Canada’s transportation agency says a U.S.-based rail company whose runaway oil train caused a fire and explosion that killed 47 people in a Quebec town has lost its operating license.  More »

Pipeline fire lights up sky in Illinois

A fuel pipeline beneath a western Illinois cornfield has exploded, sending flames 300 feet into the sky and prompting dozens of evacuations.  More »

Enbridge asks EPA for extension to finish dredging

Enbridge Inc. has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an extension to complete dredging of Michigan’s Kalamazoo River to clean up after a July 2010 oil pipeline spill.  More »

US firm in Quebec rail tragedy granted protection

A Canadian judge has granted creditor protection to a rail company whose runaway oil train caused an explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec, a day after the company filed for bankruptcy.  More »

Railroad in Quebec tragedy files for bankruptcy

An attorney who represents 30 of the victims’ families accused the chairman of trying to use the legal system to shield his companies from legal responsibility.  More »
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