Category: Accidents

Judge extends deadline for spill settlement details

A federal judge has extended a deadline for BP and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys to file details of a proposed settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Total says “significant” progress made on gas leak

Total said it has made “significant” progress is plugging the gas leak on its Elgin platform in the North sea in the past week, according to a Bloomberg News story.  More »

Parts of Kalamazoo River could reopen this summer

Sections of the Kalamazoo River that have been closed since a 2010 pipeline rupture that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil in southern Michigan could reopen this summer.  More »

Chevron plans to resume operations in Brazil after spill

Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil company, plans to resume operations at Brazil’s eleventh-largest oil field after studying the causes of recent leaks.  More »

Shell reports no signs of leaks as Gulf sheen breaks up

The U.S. Coast Guard is checking reports of a 10-mile sheen in the Gulf of Mexico near wells operated by Shell Oil Co.  More »

Brazil judge denies ban of Chevron, Transocean operations

A Brazilian federal judge denied a request from a prosecutor seeking to ban Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Transocean Ltd (RIG). from operating in the country after two oil spills.  More »

Shell shares fall after Gulf oil sheen spotted

Shares in Royal Dutch Shell PLC have fallen more than 4 percent in European trading after the company said a “light sheen” of oil had been seen in the general area of two of its production facilities.  More »

Coast Guard tests oil spill response plans

The Coast Guard is practicing its response to a future oil spill off the Florida Keys.  More »

Total says it could stop leak in weeks

Total officials believe a leak at its North Sea Elgin platform could be stopped in a matter of weeks, if everything goes as planned, according to a Scottish newspaper.  More »

Petrobras to identify origin of Roncador leak

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4) said it will diagnose by today the origin of the fluid collected at an area in the Roncador field where it identified a leak on April 8.  More »

Scots deploy taste testers to sample gas leak fish

The Scottish government says it has deployed taste testers to sample fish found around the site of a North Sea gas leak.  More »

Total’s North Sea leak draws comparisons with BP

Oil giant Total has moved to reassure investors and environmental activists over the past week that the financial and environmental damage from its gas leak in the North Sea would be limited, a task made more difficult by comparisons to BP’s handling of a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico nearly two years ago.  More »

Total says Elgin Well plugging deemed possible after visit

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil company, said an onsite team has determined that pumping mud to stop a leaking North Sea well at the Elgin offshore platform may be “achievable.”  More »

Better Mont. spill plan eyed by Exxon, agencies

Government agencies are working with Exxon Mobil Corp. to improve oil spill response times along Montana’s upper Yellowstone River following a major spill last year.  More »

Gas line break causes shelter-in-place at port, nearby industries

Workers at the Port of Houston Authority’s Jacinto Port terminal were told to shelter in place after a bulldozer at a nearby construction site hit a gas line about 9:15 a.m. Thursday, a port spokeswoman said.  More »