Category: Accidents

Feds won’t lift threat to ban Black Elk Energy as violations persist

Black Elk Energy has more work to do to satisfy federal regulators it has improved its safety performance, following a fatal platform fire last year. Otherwise, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the company will remain under a year-old threat that it will be barred from operating in federal waters.  More »

Commentary: Looking past isolated incidents to see the big picture of safety in oil and gas

It has always frustrated me that the industry keeps relatively quiet following high profile incidents. Rather than take control of the narrative and seize the chance to provide as much clarity as possible, it tends to fall back on itself. This allows other groups to shape events to their advantage, and the damage to the industry’s reputation grows larger and lasts longer.  More »

Greenpeace says 2 activists held in Russian Arctic

The environmentalist group Greenpeace says two of its activists have been arrested after climbing onto an oil platform in Russia’s Arctic waters. It claims warning shots were fired across the organization’s ship.  More »

Oil companies help Keene upgrade rescue equipment

The western North Dakota oil patch town of Keene got a little help from the oil industry when officials decided to upgrade emergency response equipment.  More »

Train car derails while headed to NJ oil refinery

A single train car has derailed in the southern New Jersey community where a derailment last year caused the leak of a potentially dangerous chemical.  More »

Statoil: Algeria terror attack was ‘unprecedented’

Norwegian oil company Statoil says it may have relied too heavily on Algerian military protection at its Ain Amenas gas facility, which was attacked by armed terrorist in January.  More »

BP poisoned neighbors in toxin release, Texas jury told

BP Plc (BP/) deliberately exposed neighbors of a Texas refinery to tons of cancer-causing gases for weeks without warning in 2010, a lawyer told a Texas jury.  More »

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 »