Category: Accidents

OSHA cites Eunice plant after blast left 1 hurt

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Plains Gas Solutions LLC in Eunice following a February explosion and fire that left a worker severely burned.  More »

Few concrete answers to the Chevron fire

The agencies investigating the fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond sought to assure residents Monday that they would hold the company accountable and use lessons from the Aug. 6 blaze to prevent future accidents.  More »

Fire doused at Venezuela refinery hit by explosion

Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery remained shut down Tuesday after firefighters extinguished a blaze that raged for more than three days following an explosion that killed at least 41 people.  More »

La.: Isaac could stir up oily gunk from 2010 spill

Louisiana officials say Hurricane Isaac may stir up oil and oily gunk left behind from the 2010 BP oil spill.  More »

Natural gas line exploded in North Texas

Police say one worker has been hurt in a natural gas pipeline explosion and fire at a rural North Texas construction site.  More »

Fire extinguished at Venezuela refinery

All fires have been extinguished at Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery after raging for more than three days following a deadly explosion, officials said Tuesday.  More »

Oil spill fouls Curacao shore, threatens flamingos

An extensive fuel spill has fouled a stretch of shoreline and oiled pink flamingos and other wildlife in a nature preserve in Curacao, conservationists and residents of the tiny Dutch Caribbean island said.  More »

Survivors: strong gas odor before Venezuela blast

After nightfall on Friday, as red lights began glowing atop the massive Amuay refinery in western Venezuela, the odor of sulfur made its way through the surrounding neighborhood of working-class homes and small shops.  More »

Venezuela battles flames at largest refinery after deadly blast

Firefighters in Venezuela are battling flames at two storage tanks at the country’s largest refinery for a third day after a gas explosion Aug. 25 killed at least 39 people and injured dozens, shutting down the Amuay plant.  More »

Venezuela working to put out refinery fires after 39 killed

There was no structural damage to the processing units at the facility about 240 miles west of Caracas, and production will resume within two days after the fires are out, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said. Venezuela has 4 million barrels of inventories of gasoline and other petroleum products and continues to produce a total of 735,000 barrels of gasoline a day at plants including nearby Cardon.  More »

Refinery blast kills 39 in Venezuela, dozens hurt

A huge explosion rocked Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery and unleashed a ferocious fire on Saturday, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 80 others in one of the deadliest disasters ever to hit the country’s key oil industry.  More »

Chevron emergency plan didn’t avert fire

Chevron engineers drafted a detailed plan aimed at averting a hypothetical disaster nearly identical to the real-life fireball that erupted at the Richmond refinery’s crude-oil processing unit.  More »