A small fire and pipe leak occurred at the Motiva Enterprises Port Arthur refinery late Tuesday at its new and under-repair crude distillation unit.
Nearly three years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the government agency that oversees offshore energy development still uses an opaque and unwieldy enforcement process that appears to give companies more leverage than the regulators policing them. More »
Black Elk Energy is conducting an internal investigation into what caused an explosion on one of its Gulf of Mexico oil platforms last month, killing three workers and injuring others. More »
Slurry pond failures like the one that swallowed a bulldozer and its driver last week at a West Virginia coal mine could be avoided if the waste pits were built to strict construction standards that regulators ignore, said a mine safety expert and frequent critic of the coal industry. More »
Amid talk of ice-breaking boats and tools for Arctic oil spill cleanup, the shale revolution found its way into a Houston conference Wednesday, with an expert highlighting the potential of Alaska’s shale resources. More »
The spinning edge of the grinder blade makes contact with the steel, but no sparks rain out from the edge like fireflies shot from a harvester. More »
A federal judge presiding over litigation spawned by the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill has dismissed all claims against the manufacturer of a chemical dispersant that was used to break up crude gushing from BP’s blown-out well. More »
Homeowners sued over a massive gasoline spill in southeastern Wisconsin this summer that has contaminated many of their wells, their attorneys said. More »
Leading House Democrats are broadening their probe into what caused a fatal offshore production platform fire by scrutinizing the contractor working on the facility when it ignited last month. More »
A worker at Valero Energy Corp.’s Memphis refinery died Monday after being exposed to propane and hydrofluoric acid.
Louisiana officials have fined Texas Brine Co. $100,000 over the company’s failure to follow state orders on a giant Assumption Parish sinkhole. More »
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement sent to Houston’s Black Elk Energy raises the question of whether Dean Wormer from “Animal House” has come out of retirement to oversee safety in the Gulf of Mexico. More »
Chevron Corp. (CVX) is facing its first test of whether farmers and fishermen from the Amazon rainforest will collect $19 billion in environmental damages from the world’s fourth-largest oil company. More »
When BP agreed to plead guilty to 12 felony counts related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster a few weeks ago, I made the point that the felonies mattered more than the fines. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed why. More »
A coroner is trying to determine whether the decomposed body of a man recovered from the Gulf of Mexico is a worker missing since a fire erupted on Houston-based Black Elk Energy’s offshore oil platform on Nov. 16. More »