Cleanup is underway near the Beckjord Power Plant, in New Richmond, Ohio, after an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Rossmann)

Fuel oil spills into Ohio River

Duke Energy said the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.
Categories: Accidents, Environment
A member of Exxon Mobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Feds boosting oil spill liability limits

The Coast Guard moved Tuesday to boost the liability limits capping how much companies must pay for oil spills that foul U.S. waters.
A massive fire roars through a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in September 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

The 2010 California blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
Categories: Accidents, Pipelines

One killed in Pemex refinery fire

At least four accidents have occurred at the Ciudad Madero refinery this year, including a fire at a storage tank on July 22 that injured nine Pemex workers.
(Toby Talbot/AP)

Insurance industry changes with energy industry

Newer areas for insurance companies to cover include shale gas, wind turbines and transporting oil by railroads, a speaker said at the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston Energy Symposium.
Categories: Accidents, General
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Report faults Chevron in deadly gas well fire

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said that a contract worker with no oil field experience worked on the well, contrary to company policy,
Categories: Accidents
Early-stage components at GE Oil & Gas in Houston will eventually be part of annular blowout preventers used in deep-water situations to seal pipes in an emergency. (For the Chronicle/Eric Kayne)

Companies at work on blowout preventers for deeper depths

GE Oil & Gas and others are working to create blowout preventers that can work at deeper depths and higher pressures.
In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

City: Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

The 7,000 pages of emails between leaders at PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and his staff were released as the result of a lawsuit filed by the city of San Bruno.
A fire burns at Red River Supply in an industrial part of Williston, N.D., in the early hours of Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Officials say Williston fire burned chemicals

A North Dakota health official says air quality tests at the site showed levels “that would not raise concern.”
Categories: Accidents
(Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Shell, Exxon Mobil employees aboard downed flight

Employees of Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil Corp. were aboard the Maylasia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine Thursday.