Category: Accidents

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 »

Thailand resort beach blackened by oil spill

Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand’s eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline, officials said Monday.  More »

Crews ready rig to drill relief well at blowout site

Crews are preparing to drill a relief well to seal the one that blew out Tuesday, triggering a natural gas leak and rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Scientists head to inspect Gulf gas rig fire (video)

Scientists are heading to the site of the Hercules jack-up rig that was severely damaged in a fire earlier this week  More »

Train derails at Port of Tampa, spilling ethanol

Firefighters in Florida are working with CSX Transportation officials to upright 10 toppled train cars that derailed at the Port of Tampa.  More »

Blown out well seals off gas leak by itself; operators ‘lucky’, experts say

A leaking natural gas well that caused a rig to catch fire late Tuesday night has now been contained, federal authorities reported Thursday morning.  More »

Commentary: “Holy Frac, My Brakes Aren’t Working!”

Well, after posting last week’s article on celebrities and fracing, I’ve come to the conclusion that the key to getting traction with the readers of “Building Hydrocarbon Bonds” is…dropping Zooey Deschanel’s name (or maybe it was making her picture the article thumbnail).  Ironically, my article advocating for people not to pay attention only to celebrity […]  More »

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 »
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