A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010 after a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline exploded . (AP photo)

Claims from pipeline blast will reach $565M, utility says

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to pay a total of $565 million in legal settlements and other claims from a deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, the utility said.
A cloud of natural gas flowing from an undersea well forms over the Hercules 265 drilling rig. Workers evacuated the rig after a loss of well control last Tuesday.  (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Blown out Gulf well secured — but not killed

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A natural gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico in July has been plugged, though it may be a long time before it is permanently killed, federal regulators confirmed Monday.
An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

Shell to negotiate with Nigerians over oil spill

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Shell officials on Monday will begin talks in Nigeria’s southern city of Port Harcourt with representatives for the Bodo community on compensation and cleanup five years after one of the worst oil spills in Nigeria’s history.
Categories: Accidents, Africa, Crude oil
In this July 29, 2010, photo, oil and water flow down Ceresco Dam as oil spill clean up continues along the Kalamazoo River near Ceresco, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit Frtee Press, Andre J. Jackson

Enbridge moves ahead with Michigan river cleanup

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A pipeline company responsible for an oil spill three years ago in southwestern Michigan is moving forward with dredging activity as part of the cleanup.
(Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

US may require stronger tank cars for hazmat and crude

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Rail tank cars, which are moving an increasing volume of crude oil and other hazardous materials, may have to be stronger and better able to withstand a crash, U.S. regulators said.
An oiled duck is rescued near the Bell Slough State Wildlife Management Area in Mayflower, Ark. It was prepared to be taken to HAWK Center, a wildlife rehabilitation group assisting Exxon Mobil after a pipeline ruptured and dumped several thousands of barrels of oil. (AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Trial date proposed for Ark. oil spill lawsuit

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A trial date has been proposed for a federal lawsuit about a central Arkansas oil spill.
Categories: Accidents, Pipelines
In this July 29, 2010, photo, oil and water flow down Ceresco Dam as oil spill clean up continues along the Kalamazoo River near Ceresco, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit Frtee Press, Andre J. Jackson

Enbridge gets OK for some Mich. dredging activity

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A pipeline company responsible for an oil spill three years ago in southwestern Michigan has received approval for some dredging activity as part of the cleanup.
Categories: Accidents, Pipelines
Laboratory workers at Fukushima Prefecture Fisheries Research Center dissect fish caught earlier in the day by local fishermen, before conducting radiation tests in Iwaki, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Fourteen fishing boats at a port in Iwaki, including a trawler run by Choji Suzuki and his son Fumio, have been helping the prefecture to conduct once-a-week fishing expeditions in rotation to measure radiation levels of fish they catch in the waters off Fukushima. Fishermen in the area hope to resume test catches following favorable sampling results more than two years after the disaster, though for now fishing is suspended due to leaks of radiation-contaminated water from storage tanks at the nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

Fukushima crisis new blow to fishermen’s hopes

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Third-generation fisherman Fumio Suzuki sets out into the Pacific Ocean every seven weeks. Not to catch fish to sell, but to catch fish that can be tested for radiation.
Categories: Accidents, Nuclear
This Aug. 20, 2013 aerial file photo shows the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

Japan regulator urges monitoring of Fukushima sea

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Japan’s nuclear regulator said Thursday that it is largely unknown what impact radioactive water leaking from the country’s wrecked nuclear plant is having on the Pacific Ocean and the situation must be monitored more closely.
Categories: Accidents, Nuclear
(Kamil Porembinski/Flickr)

Nobody hurt in South Texas drilling rig fire

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Nobody has been hurt in a fiery drilling rig accident in rural South Texas and efforts continue to put out the blaze.