Firefighters battle a blaze caused this week by a lightning strike at a saltwater disposal facility near Alexander, N.D. In just over a month, lightning strikes have destroyed three of the state's more than 440 saltwater disposal facilities. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility

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In tanks, the mix of gas and oil that comes with the saltwater can be volatile.
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Mayor Colette Roy Laroche stands next to a railroad crossing along a street of the new downtown core, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. One year after a runaway train destroyed part of Lac-Megantic, Laroche is opening up about her family's losses in the catastrophe that killed two of her cousins and could have claimed the life of her son. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

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A year has passed since a runaway oil train slid quietly down a hill in the middle of the night and derailed in a series of explosions that obliterated a large swath of downtown Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
Jobs in cold, muddy conditions - like this WORKOVER JOB on a WORKOVER RIG in Canada - are THE. WORST.

For some people, the “Great Crew Change” can’t come fast enough

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Because people like this are EXACTLY why accidents continue to happen in the oilfield.
People gather on a street in Nagaram village, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh after a state-owned gas pipeline exploded June 27, 2014.  (AP Photo/NNIS via AP Video)

India pipeline blast kills 15 people, guts houses (video)

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A state-owned gas pipeline exploded and burst into flames Friday, killing at least 15 people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of neighboring villages in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, authorities said.
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Fed officials say oil train dangers extend past Bakken

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Federal safety officials told senators that all crude rail shipments are flammable — not just the ones carrying Bakken Shale oil that have been involved in well-publicized accidents.
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From A to B: The Future of Rail

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As bureaucratic red tape ensnares pipeline projects, shippers are turning to railroads as an alternative mode of transportation. Sustained by the unexpected increase in shipping crude oil by rail, some companies are beginning to consider transporting natural gas as remote drilling locations emerge far from existing infrastructure. The booming natural gas industry is in desperate […]
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Report: Chemical Safety Board in disarray, fostering abusive work environment

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A probe has found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is in turmoil and failing to fulfill its investigative duties for serious accidents at refineries and chemical plants, according to Reuters.
A placard warns of flammability on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

California warns of oil-by-rail while keeping data secret

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California’s government agencies aren’t ready to handle the safety risks accompanying a boom in oil shipments by train, the state said in a report this week.
In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices, shows her hand covered with wet coal ash from the Dan River swirling in the background as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Two states sign deal with Duke for river cleanup

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The agreement requires Duke to pay any “reasonable” cost associated with the Feb. 2 spill , which coated 70 miles of the river in gray sludge.
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Game camera catches spill by oil truck

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The mystery of an oil-field truck spill that closed two roads in Karnes County in March may have been solved — by a game camera.