Category: Accidents

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 »

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 »
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