Category: Accidents

Sen. Mitchell appointment in Calif. blast opposed

The California Public Utilities Commission announced Monday that Mitchell had been appointed to help energy regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. reach a settlement over how much the utility should pay in connection with the San Bruno blast.  More »

Most eligible parties will accept spill deal, claims head says

Patrick Juneau, who is running the claims center processing thousands of economic damages claim under a proposed settlement between BP and Gulf Coast residents affected by the spill,expects 90 percent participation in the deal.  More »

Corrosion blamed in 2011 Chevron refinery fire

Unchecked corrosion, the suspected culprit in the August blaze that destroyed part of Chevron’s Richmond refinery, was responsible for another fire at the plant last year that prompted workers to complain to regulators that the company was ignoring the problem, according to state inspection documents obtained by The San Francisco Chronicle.  More »

BP, Transocean will search for source of spill-related oil

The Coast Guard ordered BP and Transocean to find the source of oil discovered on the Gulf of Mexico surface in September.  More »

From spill containment to prevention

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, the words “well containment” have become a major topic for the oil and gas industry as it moves into unconventional shale plays and more extreme deep-water drilling.  More »

Steffy: BP refinery sale offers a chance to move on

With the new owner comes the hope that the future may finally eclipse the past.  More »

Oklahoma refinery blast probe could take months

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor says determining the cause of an explosion at an Oklahoma refinery that killed one worker and critically injured another could take months.  More »

Work resumes at Okla. refinery after deadly blast

The CEO of CVR Energy, which owns the refinery in Wynnewood, said in a statement Sunday that the Sugar Land, Texas, company is working with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state agencies that are trying to determine what caused the explosion.  More »

Okla. refinery explosion leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A boiler that was being brought back online after maintenance exploded at an oil refinery in Wynnewood, killing one worker and injuring another, Garvin County’s sheriff said Saturday.  More »

Smartphone app could help you beat red lights

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created e-mail, helped spur development of the Kindle and a variety of other things.  More »

Chevron: Failed pipe had unknown weakness

A corroded pipe that failed and triggered a leak and massive fire at Chevron Corp.’s Richmond refinery had a low silicon content that went undetected during the company’s tests and therefore was unaddressed, the manager in charge of the facility said.  More »

Criminal investigation at Chevron refinery

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Chevron after discovering that the company detoured pollutants around monitoring equipment at its Richmond refinery for four years and burned them off into the atmosphere, in possible violation of a federal court order, The Chronicle has learned.  More »

Gulf oil activity approaching record levels, researchers say

Chevron and BP received more than half of the deep-water drilling permits granted in early 2012, according to a report by research firm GlobalData.  More »

Fire at Venezuela refinery, lightning blamed

A fire that broke out at a Venezuelan oil refinery was apparently caused by a lightning strike, the country’s top oil official said Thursday.  More »

26 killed in Mexico pipeline fire near US border

A big fire erupted at a natural gas pipeline distribution center near Mexico’s border with the United States on Tuesday, killing 26 maintenance workers and forcing evacuations of people in nearby ranches and homes.  More »