The Baker Hughes research and development building in Tomball, Texas. (Todd Spoth/For the Chronicle)

Iraq protest costs Baker Hughes $80M

A protest that left damage to Baker Hughes’ main facility in Iraq cost the company $80 million in profit in the fourth quarter, the company said Friday.
Smoke rises from oil refineries after explosion in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.  (AP)

China punishes state oil refiner chief over blast

Chinese authorities are holding the chief of China’s largest oil refiner responsible for a November pipeline explosion that killed 62 people and injured scores of others.
Wrecked oil tankers and debris from a runaway train are piled up following a deadly explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada in July 2013. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press)

Senators: More scrutiny needed after train explosions

Leading Democratic senators said the Obama administration needs to step up its scrutiny of safeguards governing oil transport, following train derailments and explosions.
A train derailed and caught fire west of Casselton, N.D., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Ken Pawluk)

North Dakota delegation to meet with officials on derailment

Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation say they plan to press federal officials for more information about a tanker derailment and fiery explosion outside of Casselton.
People walk by damaged vehicles and road following a pipeline explosion in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Leaked oil from a ruptured oil pipe, owned by China's largest oil refiner, Sinopec, caught fire and exploded Friday in an eastern Chinese port city, killing and injuring many people. (AP)

China blames leaking, sparks for deadly oil blast

A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China’s aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.
Fire burns on the horizon at the scene of a train derailment near Plaster Rock, New Brunswick on Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014. A freight train carrying crude oil and propane derailed and caught fire in a sparsely populated region of New Brunswick late Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of about two dozen nearby homes, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Bateman)

Train carrying oil derails, catches fire in Canada

Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday morning, while they prepared to launch aerial surveillance and more than 100 residents remained evacuated from their homes. There were no deaths or injuries.
A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment Monday, Dec 30, 2013, in Casselton, N.D. The train carrying crude oil derailed near Casselton Monday afternoon. Several explosions were reported as some cars on the mile-long train caught fire. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)

Oil by rail poses ‘ridiculous threat’, former North Dakota governor says

Former North Dakota governor and Casselton native George Sinner wants new regulations placed upon railroads that transport crude oil from the state.
A train derailed and caught fire west of Casselton, N.D., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Ken Pawluk)

Safety questions after North Dakota derailment

No one was hurt when the mile-long BNSF Railway train derailed Monday afternoon.
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Chevron shuts in shallow facility after leak

Chevron has shut in one of its platforms in the Gulf of Mexico after detecting a leak at the site.
(Kamil Porembinski/Flickr)

Fire at La Porte pipeline facility is out

The fire, which erupted Tuesday morning, was extinguished by the afternoon, but the facility remains shut down.