Category: Accidents

Activists worry over North Sea platform gas leak

Environmental groups warned Thursday they fear an oil spill could be triggered at a North Sea offshore platform that has been leaking highly pressurized gas since the weekend.  More »

Total says no explosion risk in North Sea gas leak

A flare is still burning on the North Sea offshore platform that has been leaking gas for days, operator Total S.A. said Wednesday, though it claimed there was no threat of an explosion under current weather conditions.  More »

North Sea leak may deny brent crude relief from Libya’s return

The halt of Total SA (FP)’s Elgin platform in the North Sea after a gas leak may deny the Brent crude market the relief that was set to come with resurgent Libyan oil exports, according to BNP Paribas SA.  More »

Minor leak reported at BP’s Texas City plant

A Texas City BP plant is reporting a minor chemical leak today.  More »

Deadly blast rocks Texas City

An explosion rocked a BP oil refinery today, killing at least 14 workers and injuring more than 100, refinery managerDon Parus said.  More »

Exxon Valdez sold, likely destined for scrap heap

The notorious Exxon Valdez tanker, responsible for one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history two decades ago, has been bought by an Indian company almost certainly to be scrapped for its steel and spare parts.  More »

Charges filed against Chevron in Brazil

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against 17 oil company executives on Wednesday for an oil leak in the Atlantic, legal action that has prompted debate about whether it could slow Brazil’s effort to develop its massive offshore finds.  More »

Exxon Valdez to be junked years after giant oil leak

Now called the Oriental Nicety, the vessel was sold for about $16 million.  More »

BP whistle-blower says Gulf Atlantis facility remains unsafe

BP Plc’s Atlantis facility remains unsafe, according to a whistle-blower who said in a court filing that the company’s second-largest oil producer in the Gulf of Mexico is operating under permits BP obtained by lying to regulators.  More »

Pipeline going deeper under Clark Fork River

ConocoPhillips is replacing a fuel pipeline under the Clark Fork River with a much deeper pipe, officials say.  More »

Judge bars Chevron, Transocean execs from leaving Brazil

Brazilian prosecutors said Saturday they will file criminal charges against 17 executives of Chevron Corp. and drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. for a new oil leak near the offshore well where at least 110,000 gallons (about 416,000 liters) spilled late last year.  More »

Offshore supply ship ran aground in Galveston

Crews are working to remove a 94-foot ship carrying diesel ran aground late Friday on the Galveston North jetty, KTRK reported. The incident did not damage the fuel tanks of the offshore supply vessel, M/V Ashton T, and efforts are underway to remove it without causing a spill. From the story: The Ashton T was […]  More »

Chevron to suspend production at Brazilian field after seep

It is not clear how long the field’s production could be shut down, or how it might influence an already tight world oil market.  More »

Brazil says new Chevron oil leak off coast

Oil started leaking again from cracks on the ocean floor near an offshore Chevron well where at least 110,000 gallons spilled late last year, Brazil’s oil regulator said.  More »

Senate passes highway bill with Gulf Coast restoration measure

The Senate approved a transportation bill on Wednesday that contained a bipartisan measure to direct certain civil penalties assessed against companies involved in the 2010 oil spill to the Gulf Coast for restoration purposes.  More »