Category: Accidents

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 »

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 »