Category: Accidents

Energy XXI gulf platform fire Extinguished, Company Reports

A fire in a slop tank aboard a Gulf platform owned by Energy XXI Bermuda Ltd., which salvages production from depleted offshore wells, was extinguished late yesterday, according to the company.  More »

Judge extends restriction area for Greenpeace

A federal judge has made it more difficult for representatives of Greenpeace USA to board Shell Oil’s drilling vessels.  More »

Total expects to resume Elgin output before year-end after leak

Total SA (FP), Europe’s third-largest oil company, expects to resume production at its Elgin and Franklin fields before the end of 2012 after plugging a natural-gas leak.  More »

Total to put staff back on North Sea platform

The French oil company Total says it is preparing to put staff back on a North Sea platform after confirming that a gas leak has been stopped.  More »

Fisker Karma fire in Texas garage being probed by NHTSA

U.S. auto-safety regulators are investigating a Texas garage fire that destroyed a Fisker Automotive Inc. Karma, a $103,000 plug-in electric vehicle.  More »

The oil spill ethics discussion revisited

A few weeks ago, I attended a discussion about ethics and oil spills at the Offshore Technology Conference. I was critical of the presentation by W.C. “Rusty” Riese, a geoscientist and adjunct professor at Rice University, for directing much of the criticism over the Gulf oil spill outwardly at the media, lawmakers and regulators.  More »

Total says leak on North Sea platform stopped

French energy company Total says a gas leak on a North Sea platform has been stopped after a 12-hour operation to pump heavy mud into a well.  More »

2 energy workers burned in South Texas explosion

Emergency officials say a fiery explosion at an energy company site in South Texas has left two workers with burns.  More »

Deadliest danger for oil workers is on the road

Talk to almost anybody in the oil business and they’ll tell you it’s inherently dangerous.  More »

Fla. county to examine possible theft of BP funds

Investigators are scheduled to update Okaloosa County commissioners on their widening investigation into the possible theft of tourism funds provided by BP in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  More »

Families slowly moving back after gas pipe blast

Officials are welcoming families back to a Northern California neighborhood destroyed by a 2010 gas pipeline explosion.  More »

Total says gas leak stopped at Nigeria field

French oil company Total SA said Sunday it stopped a natural gas leak at one of its plants in Nigeria’s crude-rich southern delta after 54 days, an emergency that forced the firm to shut down the field and evacuate the area.  More »

Regulator: No fines in Wyoming gas well blowout

Wyoming’s top oil and gas regulator says the companies involved in a natural gas well blowout in eastern Wyoming last month won’t face any fines.  More »

Chevron Brazil spill shows drillers still trip in crises

Last Nov. 7, something went wrong at a deep-sea oil well operated by Chevron Corp. (CVX) 230 miles (370 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro.  More »

Report released on Chesapeake well blowout

State oil and gas regulators are blaming mechanical failure for a natural gas well blowout in eastern Wyoming last month.  More »