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 »
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 »
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 »
A fuel pipeline beneath a western Illinois cornfield has exploded, sending flames 300 feet into the sky and prompting dozens of evacuations. More »
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 »
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 »
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.
It’s definitely been a rough couple of weeks for everyone in the oil & gas industry. On almost exactly the same day, a blowout lead to the total destruction of a jackup rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and Halliburton admitted to destroying after the Macondo incident cementing-related data. Add to that the death of George Mitchell, and you have one pretty sad month of July, one that I definitely would like to put behind me. More »
Japan’s government says it will step in to tackle contaminated water leaks at the country’s crippled nuclear plant, and is considering funding a multibillion-dollar project to fix the problem. More »
Mayflower residents pursuing a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. and a subsidiary said in a court filing Monday that it would be wrong for a judge to dismiss their claims. More »
Workers on Sunday began a month-long quest to plug a gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico in July, forcing the evacuation of 44 people and igniting a fire that raged for two days. More »
Chevron on Monday agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in connection with a fire at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond. More »
Recent incidents have brought new attention to dangers that still lurk on the shallow continental shelf, where companies rely on decades-old pipes and platforms to tap aging fields. More »
In the wake of a deadly train accident in Canada, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration has issued a series of measures to be undertaken by all railroads to help prevent trains operating on mainline tracks or sidings from moving unintentionally.
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 »