Category: Accidents

Blown out Gulf well secured — but not killed

A natural gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico in July has been plugged, though it may be a long time before it is permanently killed, federal regulators confirmed Monday.  More »

Shell to negotiate with Nigerians over oil spill

Shell officials on Monday will begin talks in Nigeria’s southern city of Port Harcourt with representatives for the Bodo community on compensation and cleanup five years after one of the worst oil spills in Nigeria’s history.  More »

Enbridge moves ahead with Michigan river cleanup

A pipeline company responsible for an oil spill three years ago in southwestern Michigan is moving forward with dredging activity as part of the cleanup.  More »

US may require stronger tank cars for hazmat and crude

Rail tank cars, which are moving an increasing volume of crude oil and other hazardous materials, may have to be stronger and better able to withstand a crash, U.S. regulators said.  More »

Trial date proposed for Ark. oil spill lawsuit

A trial date has been proposed for a federal lawsuit about a central Arkansas oil spill.  More »

Enbridge gets OK for some Mich. dredging activity

A pipeline company responsible for an oil spill three years ago in southwestern Michigan has received approval for some dredging activity as part of the cleanup.  More »

Fukushima crisis new blow to fishermen’s hopes

Third-generation fisherman Fumio Suzuki sets out into the Pacific Ocean every seven weeks. Not to catch fish to sell, but to catch fish that can be tested for radiation.  More »

Japan regulator urges monitoring of Fukushima sea

Japan’s nuclear regulator said Thursday that it is largely unknown what impact radioactive water leaking from the country’s wrecked nuclear plant is having on the Pacific Ocean and the situation must be monitored more closely.  More »

Nobody hurt in South Texas drilling rig fire

Nobody has been hurt in a fiery drilling rig accident in rural South Texas and efforts continue to put out the blaze.  More »

3 arrested during oil train protest in Auburn

Three people have been arrested after sitting down on the railroad tracks in Auburn to protest the transport of crude oil along Maine rail lines.  More »

Study documents fish kill from hydraulic fracturing fluid

Hydraulic fracturing fluids from nearby natural gas wells probably caused endangered fish in a Kentucky creek to die off, according to two federal agencies that studied the 2007 incident.  More »

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 »