Category: Accidents

Platform fire stokes fresh criticism of offshore oil development

Coming just one day after a legal settlement in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Thursday’s platform fire off the Louisiana coast drew immediate criticism from oil industry foes, despite few similarities with the BP disaster.  More »

Manslaughter plea in spill may hand feds a stronger case for civil negligence

BP’s agreement to plead guilty to manslaughter may increase the chance that it will face a finding of gross negligence — which could hike the penalties BP faces as the government pursues civil environmental charges.  More »

An emotional day for victims’ survivors

Choking out words through her tears, the mother of Transocean rig worker Roy Wyatt Kemp who was killed in the 2010 BP disaster, said, “I want justice to be done.”  More »

ND drill rig collapses; no injuries reported

Officials say a drill rig collapsed near Belfield in western North Dakota this week but no one was hurt.  More »

Transocean reports wider third-quarter loss

Transocean reported a $381 million third-quarter loss.  More »

New Orleans judge lets the good times rule

A judge postponed the scheduled January trial of oil spill litigation because hotels will be filled with Super Bowl and Mardi Gras revelers.  More »

Criminal probe eyes remarks after Gulf spill, lawyers say

Federal criminal investigators are looking into statements made by officials of companies connected with the Gulf oil spill in the days and weeks after the disaster.  More »

Sen. Mitchell appointment in Calif. blast opposed

The California Public Utilities Commission announced Monday that Mitchell had been appointed to help energy regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. reach a settlement over how much the utility should pay in connection with the San Bruno blast.  More »

Most eligible parties will accept spill deal, claims head says

Patrick Juneau, who is running the claims center processing thousands of economic damages claim under a proposed settlement between BP and Gulf Coast residents affected by the spill,expects 90 percent participation in the deal.  More »

Corrosion blamed in 2011 Chevron refinery fire

Unchecked corrosion, the suspected culprit in the August blaze that destroyed part of Chevron’s Richmond refinery, was responsible for another fire at the plant last year that prompted workers to complain to regulators that the company was ignoring the problem, according to state inspection documents obtained by The San Francisco Chronicle.  More »

BP, Transocean will search for source of spill-related oil

The Coast Guard ordered BP and Transocean to find the source of oil discovered on the Gulf of Mexico surface in September.  More »

From spill containment to prevention

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, the words “well containment” have become a major topic for the oil and gas industry as it moves into unconventional shale plays and more extreme deep-water drilling.  More »

Steffy: BP refinery sale offers a chance to move on

With the new owner comes the hope that the future may finally eclipse the past.  More »

Oklahoma refinery blast probe could take months

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor says determining the cause of an explosion at an Oklahoma refinery that killed one worker and critically injured another could take months.  More »

Work resumes at Okla. refinery after deadly blast

The CEO of CVR Energy, which owns the refinery in Wynnewood, said in a statement Sunday that the Sugar Land, Texas, company is working with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state agencies that are trying to determine what caused the explosion.  More »