Category: Accidents

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 »

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 »