Category: Accidents

Pennsylvania files criminal charges against XTO Energy

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against XTO Energy, Inc. over a 2010 spill of natural gas drilling wastewater in Lycoming County.  More »

Worker injured in explosion at Texas power plant

One person was injured by an explosion at CPS Energy’s J.T. Deely coal-fired power plant that took place shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, utility officials announced Tuesday afternoon.  More »

Claims from pipeline blast will reach $565M, utility says

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to pay a total of $565 million in legal settlements and other claims from a deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, the utility said.  More »

Blown out Gulf well secured — but not killed

A natural gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico in July has been plugged, though it may be a long time before it is permanently killed, federal regulators confirmed Monday.  More »

Shell to negotiate with Nigerians over oil spill

Shell officials on Monday will begin talks in Nigeria’s southern city of Port Harcourt with representatives for the Bodo community on compensation and cleanup five years after one of the worst oil spills in Nigeria’s history.  More »

Enbridge moves ahead with Michigan river cleanup

A pipeline company responsible for an oil spill three years ago in southwestern Michigan is moving forward with dredging activity as part of the cleanup.  More »

US may require stronger tank cars for hazmat and crude

Rail tank cars, which are moving an increasing volume of crude oil and other hazardous materials, may have to be stronger and better able to withstand a crash, U.S. regulators said.  More »

Trial date proposed for Ark. oil spill lawsuit

A trial date has been proposed for a federal lawsuit about a central Arkansas oil spill.  More »

Enbridge gets OK for some Mich. dredging activity

A pipeline company responsible for an oil spill three years ago in southwestern Michigan has received approval for some dredging activity as part of the cleanup.  More »

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 »