Category: Accidents

Company begins to plug blown Wyoming oil well

Workers at a blown oil well that’s been spewing large quantities of natural gas in eastern Wyoming have begun trying to plug the well with mud.  More »

Total says gas leak will cut output as profit little changed

Total SA (FP), Europe’s third-largest oil producer, said second-quarter production would be cut by a gas leak in the North Sea as earnings in the first three months were weighed down by a weak refining market in Europe.  More »

Judge leans toward preliminary OK of BP settlement

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said during a hearing Wednesday in New Orleans that he plans to rule within a week.  More »

Halliburton opposes BP’s proposed settlement of Gulf spill

Halliburton Co. (HAL) is opposing a $7.8 billion proposed settlement between BP Plc (BP/) and lawyers suing the London-based company over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a court filing.  More »

Judge to hold hearing on Gulf oil spill settlement

A federal judge in New Orleans is set to preside over a hearing on a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Ex-BP engineer named in first spill-related criminal charge

A BP engineer is accused of obstruction of justice in a federal criminal complaint arising from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Total says Elgin gas leak rate has dropped

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil company, said a natural-gas leak that has lasted for more than three weeks in the U.K. North Sea has decreased to about one third of an initial estimate.  More »

Total to drill relief well at Nigeria gas leak

French oil firm Total SA says it will drill a relief well to stop a natural gas leak at a plant in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta.  More »

Industry’s progress on offshore safety still draws skepticism

Two years after the Gulf of Mexico spill, the oil and gas industry continues to pour millions of dollars into efforts aimed at actually boosting offshore safety and at convincing regulators and the public that it can police itself.  More »

CSB plans Houston meetings as part of Deepwater Horizon probe

The Chemical Safety Board said today it is on track to issue a final report on the well blowout and explosion that killed 11 rig workers in early 2013, and it could issue recommendations to prevent a similar disaster as soon as this August. The independent federal agency, which has probed more than 50 industrial accidents, including the lethal Texas City refinery explosion in 2005 is the last remaining panel still investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster, following the conclusion of several other probes.  More »

Scientists: Fish are sick where BP’s oil spill hit

Two years after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, scientists say they’re finding trouble with sick fish that dwell along offshore reefs and in the deep waters — especially in places where the oil spill hit the hardest.  More »

BP and plaintiffs finalize class-action settlement for court approval

A final settlement between BP and thousands of individual plaintiffs is edging closer, as the parties asked a federal judge to approve a proposed class-action deal benefiting people damaged economically by the 2010 spill of oil from BP’s Macondo well.  More »

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 »