Category: Accidents

Inspectors set to look at rescued Shell drilling rig

A massive campaign to free a grounded Arctic drilling rig that employed more than a dozen ships and some 730 people cleared a big hurdle Monday, as salvagers pulled the vessel to safe harbor in Alaska.  More »

Oil tanker Overseas Reymar hits San Francisco’s Bay Bridge

The oil tanker Overseas Reymar struck “a glancing blow” to a tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after unloading crude at a Royal Dutch Shell refinery the day before.  More »

Shell & Coast Guard are towing rig

Salvage teams have pulled Shell’s grounded drilling rig within 9 miles of a safe, protected bay, after successfully attaching a tow line to the vessel and freeing it from a rocky Alaskan island’s coast overnight.  More »

Officials close to towing grounded drilling rig

Salvagers are preparing to try pulling Shell’s grounded Arctic drilling rig from a rocky Alaskan island’s coast as soon as critical equipment arrives on the scene and weather permits _ possibly before the weekend’s end.  More »

Salvage crews plan to rescue grounded drilling rig

Salvagers are preparing to pull Shell’s stranded Arctic drilling rig from the rocky coast of an Alaska island, drawing on visits to the beached vessel and five flyovers conducted on Friday.  More »

Chevron firefighters may have gouged pipe

The pipe that fed a huge fire at Chevron’s Richmond oil refinery in August appears to have been punctured from the outside, possibly by company firefighters trying to get at a small leak before the blaze ignited, investigators said Thursday.  More »

Activists want Obama to halt Arctic oil drilling

Pressure mounted on the Obama administration to halt Arctic oil exploration Thursday, as inspections revealed water and electrical damage on Shell’s grounded Kulluk drilling rig.  More »

Environmentalists call for Arctic drilling moratorium

Environmentalists on Thursday stepped up pressure on the Obama administration to halt Arctic oil exploration, citing the grounding of Shell’s Kulluk rig as fresh evidence that the work is too dangerous.  More »

Coast Guard releases video of grounded Arctic rig

The U.S. Coast Guard has released footage of a helicopter delivering an emergency towing system to Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig. The rig ran aground Monday night near Alaska’s Kodiak Island.  More »

Markey seeks contingency plans Shell had before rig accident

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., today demanded the Coast Guard and Shell turn over information revealing how they prepared for reining in an adrift vessel, long before the oil company’s Kulluk drilling rig grounded on an Alaska island.  More »

Salvage crew inspects grounded Arctic drilling rig

Coast Guard officials were taking advantage of a break in fierce winds and high seas on Wednesday to send surveillance flights and a salvage crew to the scene of Shell’s grounded Arctic drilling rig.  More »

Feds fault Houston delay in Yellowstone oil spill

Houston pipeline controllers could have reduced the size of the 1,500-barrel spill by about two-thirds if they had isolated the rupture as soon as problems emerged, investigators say.  More »