Category: Accidents

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 »

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 »
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