The aftermath of the fire aboard Hercules 265 gas well is seen during an overflight observation after a natural gas blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Bureau of Safety aqnd Environmental Enforcement)

Crews to start relief well Thursday at Gulf blowout site

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Crews plan to begin drilling Thursday to intercept and plug a Gulf of Mexico natural gas well that went out of control last week.
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Thai oil spill spreads to new bay on resort island

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Progress was being made on cleaning the oil that washed into Prao Bay on the west coast of Samet Island in Thailand, though not fast enough, as the oil slick continued to spread three days after leaking from a nearby pipeline.
Fire crews pour water on a fire after an explosion at the Blue Rhino propane gas company Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Tavares, Fla.  John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff's Office said early Tuesday that there were no fatalities despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant late Monday night. Seven people were injured and transported to local hospitals. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Massive explosions rock central Florida gas plant

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Workers were injured and several were missing after explosions erupted at a Florida gas plant.
July 16, 2013,  workers at the crash site of the train derailment and fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The July 6, 2013 derailment left 47 people dead.  (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, Pool)

Industry fights safety retrofit of older rail cars

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The oil industry and U.S railroads are resisting the Obama administration’s attempt to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery, fatal explosion in Canada, citing costs and technical challenges.
A fire ignited the Hercules 265 jack-up rig Tuesday after natural gas leaked from an uncontrolled natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico, federal authorities reported. (U.S. Coast Guard)

Feds begin probe of Gulf gas well blowout

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Federal regulators have opened a formal investigation into last week’s blowout of a natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico, which forced the evacuation of a rig crew and later ignited a fire on the rig.
The aftermath of the fire aboard Hercules 265 gas well is seen during an overflight observation after a natural gas blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Bureau of Safety aqnd Environmental Enforcement)

Scientists collect water near site of blown well

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Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico.
Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada. The fiery explosion killed at least 47 people in Canada in July 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)

Oil train safety rule delayed by one year

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The Obama administration has delayed by nearly a year a plan to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery explosion that killed at least 47 people in Canada this month.
A cleaning vessel clears the oil after about 50 tons of crude oil leaked from a pipe and spilled into the sea off Rayong province, eastern Thailand. The oil spill that leaked from a pipeline, operated by a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PTT Plc, has reached a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite continuous attempts to clean it up over the weekend, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/The Nation-Atchara)

Thailand resort beach blackened by oil spill

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Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand’s eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline, officials said Monday.
A cloud of natural gas flowing from an undersea well forms over the Hercules 265 drilling rig. Workers evacuated the rig after a loss of well control last Tuesday.  (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Crews ready rig to drill relief well at blowout site

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Crews are preparing to drill a relief well to seal the one that blew out Tuesday, triggering a natural gas leak and rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
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The Hercules 265 jack-up rig in the Gulf of Mexico was severely damaged after a natural gas well leak ignited a fire, collapsing a portion of the structure, on Wednesday, July 24. (On Wings of Care)

Scientists head to inspect Gulf gas rig fire (video)

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Scientists are heading to the site of the Hercules jack-up rig that was severely damaged in a fire earlier this week
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