Category: Accidents

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 »

Rail chief blames employee in Quebec train crash

The head of a railway company whose train crashed into a Quebec town, killing at least 15 people, blamed the accident on an employee who he said had failed to properly set the brakes.  More »

Quebec oil train derailment sparks criminal probe

Quebec police are pursuing a painstaking, wide-ranging criminal investigation of the inferno ignited by the derailment of a runaway oil train that killed at least 15 people and left dozens missing in the burned-out ruins of a downtown district.  More »

Criminal probe opens in Quebec oil train derailment

Canadian authorities said Tuesday they have opened a criminal investigation into the fiery wreck of a runaway oil train as the death toll climbed to 15, with dozens more bodies feared buried in the blackened, burned-out ruins of this small town.  More »

Study urges spending on coastal restoration

Wildlife tourism, from hunting and fishing to bird and dolphin watching, is a $19 billion-a-year business along the Gulf of Mexico, and states spending their settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill should focus on restoring ecologically sensitive areas that keep guides, hotels and others working, a study says.  More »

Gulf platform evacuated after leak from decades-old well

A platform in the Gulf of Mexico was evaporated on Monday evening after gas began escaping from a Talos Energy well south of Louisiana.  More »

Death toll grows in Canada oil train accident

Hazardous conditions hindered firefighters’ attempts Monday to search for some 40 people still missing after a runaway oil tanker train exploded over the weekend, killing at least five people, officials said.  More »

40 still missing in deadly Canada oil train crash

A Quebec town devastated when a runaway oil tanker train ignited explosions and fires braced Monday for what authorities assured would be a rising death toll as fire crews tried to reach the hardest hit areas more than two days after the disaster. Five were dead and about 40 people remained missing.  More »

BP asks court to end ‘feeding frenzy’ in Gulf oil spill settlement

BP’s class-action settlement in the Gulf oil spill case didn’t require businesses to prove their losses were caused by the disaster. Now the British oil giant says the open-ended set-up has spiraled into a “feeding frenzy.”  More »