Category: Accidents

Nigeria spill fines on Shell, Chevron, not backed by law

Fines amounting to $8 billion sought by Nigeria from Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Chevron Corp. (CVX) for oil spills are not backed by law, said Bukola Saraki, chairman of the country’s Senate Committee on Environment.  More »

Chevron says it has paid $10 million after fire

Chevron Corp. has paid about $10 million and has begun what’s being termed “corrective actions” after a fire last summer at its Richmond refinery, company officials said.  More »

2 injured in fire at East Texas oil storage

Two people are reported hurt in a fire at an oil storage facility in East Texas as firefighters work to prevent the blaze from spreading.  More »

Oil barge hits Miss. River bridge

Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River Monday, a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg.  More »

Oil barge hits bridge in Mississippi

A barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., on Sunday, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for eight miles in each direction, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged.  More »

Bar pilot panel slow to act on complaint

San Francisco — The California commission that polices bar pilots who navigate ships through San Francisco Bay has gone nearly a year without acting on an extraordinary complaint against a captain lodged after his loaded oil tanker nearly ran aground off Richmond – an incident that could have caused an environmental disaster.  More »

Arctic drilling can be done safely, federal adviser says

Arctic drilling can be done safely, as long as the oil industry takes a balanced approach and works with local stakeholders and federal regulators, said Tom Hunter, the chairman of the federal Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee established after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

High costs raise new questions about Arctic drilling

High-profile mishaps are spurring some in the oil industry to re-evaluate whether the crude on top of the world is worth the logistical challenges, financial costs and environmental risks of getting to it.  More »

Fire squelched at Kinder Morgan Pasadena facility

A fire that broke out at a Kinder Morgan facility in Pasadena early Tuesday kept firefighters busy, but no injuries were reported.  More »

Gulf disaster victims’ loved ones tell of grief

One has suffered nightmares. Another says she’s lost a piece of her heart. A third laments that companies put money ahead of safety. The sentiments come from victim impact statements filed with the court and released this week by relatives of workers killed in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.  More »

La. AG’s oil spill tab nears $24M

Louisiana’s attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state’s legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, with much of the money paid to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns.  More »

Shell, Coast Guard figure out next step for Kulluk rig

Investigators are analyzing damage assessments from Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig to determine the next move for the rig, now anchored in an Alaskan harbor.  More »