Category: Accidents

Gas line break causes shelter-in-place at port, nearby industries

Workers at the Port of Houston Authority’s Jacinto Port terminal were told to shelter in place after a bulldozer at a nearby construction site hit a gas line about 9:15 a.m. Thursday, a port spokeswoman said.  More »

Worker hurt at Oklahoma natural gas services plant

One man has been injured while conducting high-pressure testing on equipment at an oil and natural gas services plant in El Reno.  More »

Houston-based Wild Well hired to help Total with North Sea gas leak

Houston-based Wild Well Control has been contracted to control the natural gas leak in the North Sea at Total’s Elgin platform.  More »

Speaker: Oil tax bill unlikely to pass by April 15

House Speaker Mike Chenault said it’s “very unlikely” an oil tax bill will pass before the legislative session’s scheduled adjournment.  More »

Flare burns out at Total’s North Sea platform

French energy company Total says the gas flare above its stricken North Sea platform has burned itself out.  More »

Chevron targeted a second time by Brazil prosecutors seeking ban

Brazilian prosecutors are seeking for a second time to ban Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Transocean Ltd. (RIG) from operating in the country after a 3,000-barrel oil spill.  More »

Total readies two emergency wells to contain North Sea leak

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil company, is preparing to drill two emergency wells at its Elgin platform in the U.K. North Sea as it leaks natural gas for a sixth day.  More »

Congress punts on setting aside BP fines for Gulf

Congress has passed a stopgap three-month transportation bill that does not include a provision to send 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to Gulf states.  More »

Researcher finds dangerous bacteria in tarballs

Cova Arias usually studies oysters, not tarballs.  More »

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 »