A Harris County Medical Examiner's van and a Channelview fire truck leave the Oiltanking Partners Channelview plant after a deadly 2012 blast that led to a $20.2 million jury verdict Nov. 11, 2013. ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Jury returns $20.2M verdict in pipe welder’s death

A Harris County jury handed down a $20.2 million verdict against a company it found negligence in a deadly blast at its Channelview plant in 2012.
A tanker train carrying crude oil burns after derailing in western Alabama outside Aliceville, Ala., early Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The train exploded, sending flames and black smoke into the air and temporarily forcing one family to leave their home. A dozen cars derailed and nine were damaged. (AP Photo/ ABC 33/40, Bill Castle)

Train carrying crude burns in western Alabama

A tanker train carrying crude oil caught fire and exploded after derailing in western Alabama early Friday, sending flames and black smoke into the air and temporarily forcing one family to leave their home.
A column of smoke comes off the West Delta 32 complex in the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion on a Black Elk platform on Nov. 16, 2012. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Feds: Safety culture ‘poor, at best’ before fatal Black Elk platform blast

In their report on the fatal explosion of a Black Elk platform last year, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Coast Guard said that workers who were “worried about losing their jobs if they raised safety concerns” did not call a halt to work “despite apparent anomalies.”

Tesoro Logistics restarts pipeline following spill

Tesoro Logistics LP said it has restarted its North Dakota pipeline that was shut on Sept. 29 following an oil spill, the company said in a statement.
A petroleum line rupture leaks oil into a stream at the Northwoods Subdivision in Mayflower, Ark., (AP Photo/The Log Cabin Democrat, Alan English)

Judge denies Exxon Mobil request to dismiss Arkansas lawsuit

A federal judge has rejected two motions by Exxon Mobil in a lawsuit filed following an oil spill from a ruptured pipeline in Mayflower.

Feds launch probe into death of Gulf worker

Federal investigators said Thursday they will launch a probe to determine what caused the death of an oil platform worker, after he fell into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday evening.
(Kevin Cederstrom/AP)

Hundreds of North Dakota spills went unreported

North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said.
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Citgo crude unit listing, damaged after fire

Citgo Petroleum Corp.’s only crude unit at its refinery in Lemont, Illinois, is listing and initial assessments indicate it may have sustained extensive damage in a fire Oct. 23, said two people familiar with plant operations.
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Mine where two died listed as pattern violator

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration on Thursday designated Pocahontas Coal Co.’s Affinity Mine in Raleigh County, where two men died within two weeks of each other in February, as a pattern violator, meaning it repeatedly broke federal health and safety regulations.
(Photo: Mathijs B/Flickr)

Fire extinguished at suburban Chicago oil refinery

Officials are monitoring air quality near a suburban Chicago oil refinery after a fire lit up the evening sky.