Category: Accidents

Chevron: Failed pipe had unknown weakness

A corroded pipe that failed and triggered a leak and massive fire at Chevron Corp.’s Richmond refinery had a low silicon content that went undetected during the company’s tests and therefore was unaddressed, the manager in charge of the facility said.  More »

Criminal investigation at Chevron refinery

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Chevron after discovering that the company detoured pollutants around monitoring equipment at its Richmond refinery for four years and burned them off into the atmosphere, in possible violation of a federal court order, The Chronicle has learned.  More »

Gulf oil activity approaching record levels, researchers say

Chevron and BP received more than half of the deep-water drilling permits granted in early 2012, according to a report by research firm GlobalData.  More »

Fire at Venezuela refinery, lightning blamed

A fire that broke out at a Venezuelan oil refinery was apparently caused by a lightning strike, the country’s top oil official said Thursday.  More »

26 killed in Mexico pipeline fire near US border

A big fire erupted at a natural gas pipeline distribution center near Mexico’s border with the United States on Tuesday, killing 26 maintenance workers and forcing evacuations of people in nearby ranches and homes.  More »

Pemex Tamaulipas fire death toll rises

Petroleos Mexicanos, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, said 26 workers died in its deadliest blast since 2010 after a fire at a gas distribution hub in Mexico near the U.S. border, about 14 miles from McAllen, Texas.  More »

BP’s Norway Ula field shut after oil leak pending investigation

BP Plc said its Ula oil field off Norway, shut down following an oil leak, won’t start again until after an internal investigation has been completed.  More »

Utah man dies after ND oil patch explosion

A Utah man has died of injuries suffered in an oil rig explosion in western North Dakota.  More »

Exxon Valdez could affect settlement on BP oil spill

As a federal judge prepares to rule on a proposed settlement related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, attorneys were in his New Orleans courtroom Friday arguing over how to apply a law passed in response to another disaster 20 years earlier — the Exxon Valdez spill.  More »

Officials: Caribbean nations need to boost spill response powers

With several Caribbean countries embracing offshore oil drilling, nations in the region need to step up their ability to combat emergencies stemming from deep-water wells, an industry leader and former U.S. regulator said Friday.  More »

Complaints mount on proposed oil spill settlement

A New Orleans federal judge will receive an update Friday on the mountain of litigation surrounding the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, amid a surge of complaints about a proposed class-action settlement of some of the lawsuits.  More »

Researchers say bacteria consumed oil from Macondo oil spill

Use of chemical dispersant and the subsea location of oil released in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster gave bacteria easy access to dissolve 200,000 tons, according to research published this week.  More »