Category: Accidents

Canada toughens train rules after deadly disaster

Canadian transportation authorities banned one-man crews for trains with dangerous goods Tuesday, responding to calls for tougher regulations after an oil train derailment in Quebec killed 47 people.  More »

Gas stops flowing from runaway well; fire down to small flame

A blowout preventer may have ignited the fire that caused a Gulf of Mexico rig to partially collapse Wednesday, after a natural gas well blew out, federal authorities reported.  More »

Pemex pipe explodes in central Mexico, 7 injured

A pipeline explosion Sunday that injured seven people and sent flames and smoke shooting hundreds of feet into the air in central Mexico was caused by illegal tapping, Mexico’s state-owned oil company said.  More »

Deadly derailment won’t stop oil on trains

A fiery and fatal train derailment earlier this month in Quebec, near the Maine border, highlighted the danger of moving oil by rail, a practice that has grown exponentially as a result of the oil boom and will continue to expand, experts say.  More »

Officials: 5 workers burned in oil field explosion

The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department says five men have been injured in an oilfield explosion near Alexander.  More »

BP asks court to suspend spill payouts pending investigation

BP is asking a federal court to suspend payments under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill pending completion of an independent probe into the claims administration process.  More »

Calif. seeks record fine in pipeline explosion

California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.  More »

Canada’s train disaster could inspire new US regulations

The deadly derailment of a train heaving crude across Canada should inspire U.S. regulators to take a close look at existing federal mandates governing rail transport of oil, a former Obama administration energy adviser said.  More »

Workers aim to kill Gulf well

Work is underway to permanently kill off a well that leaked gas and condensate into the Gulf of Mexico for about four days last week.  More »

Workers preparing to permanently kill Gulf well

Workers are preparing to permanently kill a leaking gas well in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, after temporarily sealing it off late Thursday.  More »

Police: 24 bodies now found in Quebec train crash

The first victim of a runaway oil train’s explosive derailment in a Quebec town was identified Thursday, more than five days since the disaster, which left behind a scorched scene so dangerous that it slowed the search for 50 people presumed dead.  More »

Workers launch operation to kill leaking Gulf well

Workers began pumping drilling mud into a gas well 74 miles off the Louisiana coast on Thursday, in a bid to stop condensate leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Exxon: Report blames Ark. pipeline bust on defects

ExxonMobil has submitted a report to federal regulators on a pipeline rupture that dumped an estimated 150,000 gallons of crude oil in a Mayflower neighborhood but the contents of the report are being kept under wraps.  More »

Specialists work to kill leaking Gulf well

Engineers in a Houston command center and specialists miles out in the Gulf of Mexico worked Wednesday to control a leaking, decades-old offshore well.  More »

Rail chief blames employee in Quebec train crash

The head of a railway company whose train crashed into a Quebec town, killing at least 15 people, blamed the accident on an employee who he said had failed to properly set the brakes.  More »