Category: Accidents

Chevron faces $25 million in fines for Frade spill

Brazil’s oil regulator is preparing about $25 million in fines against Chevron Corp. (CVX) related to an oil spill last November at the Frade field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Agencia Estado reported today.  More »

Official: 95 killed in Nigeria fuel tanker fire

A Nigerian government agency says 95 people have died after a fuel tanker caught fire and exploded.  More »

Little damage found from Chevron’s Brazil spill

A federal police spokesman confirms that investigators have found that offshore oil spill near a Chevron well last year caused no significant environmental damage.  More »

Author says Exxon learned from their mistakes at Valdez

Exxon Mobil used the 1989 Valdez oil tanker spill as a catalyst for change in worker safety, but the changes also prompted a series of procedures that instructed workers on everything from how to operate equipment to how to requisition a stapler.  More »

CSB set to release Deepwater Horizon probe findings in Houston

The Chemical Safety Board is set to release the initial findings from its probe of the Deepwater Horizon disaster during a two-day hearing in Houston later this month. The independent federal agency also will scrutinize how refiners are assessing and boosting the safety of their operations by tracking leading and lagging indicators of problems, seven years after the BP Texas City refinery explosion that killed 15 workers and injured 180 others.  More »

GAO: Research lacking on oil spill dispersants

Not enough research has been done on how chemical dispersants behave underwater and in the Arctic, a GAO report found.  More »

BP says Colorado gas explosion occurred during line inspection

BP was running a pigging device through a pipeline feeding gas into a compressor station in Colorado when an explosion occurred yesterday, killing one contract worker and injuring two others.  More »

Brazil government fails to benefit blocking oil firms

International oil companies looking to start exploring Brazil, home to the largest discoveries in the past decade, can’t get near the crude.  More »

Baldwin: Used celebrity to market oil cleaners

Stephen Baldwin testified Monday that no one asked him to invest any capital or join Kevin Costner in lobbying BP to use oil cleanup devices that the two actors were touting in the aftermath of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

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 »