Category: Accidents

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 »

Feds say Exxon delay worsened oil spill

Delays in Exxon Mobil Corp.’s response to a major pipeline break beneath Montana’s Yellowstone River made the spill far worse than it otherwise would have been, federal regulators said.  More »

Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig runs aground near Alaskan island

Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig ran aground Monday night near Alaska’s Kodiak Island after a five-day fight to tow the vessel through a fierce storm and 70-mph winds.  More »

Syria says rebels attack gas pipeline

Syria’s state news agency said a “terrorist group” blew up a natural gas pipeline in the country’s oil-rich east on Monday.  More »

Cleanup plan approved for ND oil well blowout

A state Health Department official says agencies have agreed on a cleanup plan where an estimated 1,500 barrels of fluid blew out of control at an oil well near Parshall.  More »