Category: Accidents

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 »

Gas line spills 25,000 gallons on Montana reservation

A Phillips 66 pipeline with a record of prior accidents spilled an estimated 25,000 gallons of gasoline in a remote area outside a small town on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation, but no public health problems were anticipated, federal officials said Friday.  More »

Commentary: Regulations for the oil & gas industry are a good thing

If we attempt to run roughshod over a region in ways that benefit us solely and say “well, we know better, please keep away and let us do our work”, then eventually that social license to operate WILL be revoked and WE will be the ones told to keep away.  More »

Kalamazoo River cleanup plan prompts concerns

A dredging plan to help clean up the Kalamazoo River after a 2010 southwestern Michigan oil spill is prompting concerns from area residents and the owner of Bell’s Brewery.  More »

Calgary’s flooding bruises oil patch economy

Record flooding near Calgary has left the downtown core of Canada’s oil capital empty while forcing the closing of three oil pipelines and causing as much as C$5 billion ($4.8 billion) in damage to homes and offices.  More »

California considers tripling number of refinery inspectors

The California proposal on the governor’s desk would help close regulatory gaps that federal investigators found played a role in the fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery last year, supporters say. Currently, the state has just seven inspectors. The added help would bring the total to 26 under the new budget.  More »

Houston area sees a couple of oil spills a day (photos)

Oil spills along the Texas coast are declining, but the Houston region still reports one or two a day.  More »

Gas line explosion rattles Louisiana

A pre-dawn gas line explosion shook residents out of their beds in a rural, wooded area of Washington Parish, briefly knocking out power to thousands of people but not injuring anybody.  More »

Worker: Plant explosion set off a mad scramble to escape

Louisiana’s health department said 77 people were treated at hospitals after an explosion at a Williams Cos. petrochemical plant in Louisiana Thursday.  More »

One man killed, 77 hurt in chemical plant explosion (video)

A ground-rattling explosion Thursday at a chemical plant in Louisiana ignited a blaze that killed at least one person and injured dozens of others, authorities said. A previous wire report said at least two people had been killed.  More »

Audit finds California utility didn’t spend safety money

The audit could not say exactly how PG&E spent the money, but it blamed ineffective executive management.  More »

Group of Ark. residents sue Exxon after oil spill

Dozens of residents and property owners are suing ExxonMobil Pipeline Company two months after a pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the central Arkansas city of Mayflower.  More »

Shell rig left Alaska port to avoid taxes, company official testifies

Shell’s Kulluk oil drilling rig left Dutch Harbor in December to avoid the prospect of millions in taxes, a Shell official revealed Saturday in testimony to a Coast Guard investigation panel.  More »

Former Shell CEO: Safety must come first. And second. And third.

Putting safety first is one of the most important ingredients to a successful major energy company, said former Shell CEO, Jeroen van der Veer, sharing a list of problems that executives need to watch out for.  More »

Tow vessel fuel problems preceded Shell grounding

Testimony in the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island focused Thursday on why its towing vessel unexpectedly lost power in stormy conditions in the Gulf of Alaska.  More »