Category: Accidents

Deadly crashes keep adding up as area sees more truck traffic

A fiery Sunday morning accident that killed a 26-year-old truck driver and injured another just south of this town is the latest reminder that the oil boom has brought more than economic prosperity to South Texas.  More »

Refinery fire site too dangerous for investigators

Federal and state investigators were trying to determine how to safely enter the area where a fire broke out in a Chevron refinery last week so they can examine a failed pipe blamed for the blaze.  More »

Chevron considered replacing pipe

Chevron officials initially deemed the pipe that failed dramatically last week, causing a major fire at its Richmond refinery, as possibly needing replacement last year but ultimately cleared it for five more years of service, The Chronicle has learned.  More »

Refinery probe focuses on corrosion

Federal investigators probing the cause of a massive Chevron oil refinery fire are focusing on possible corrosion in a decades-old pipe the company inspected late last year but did not replace.  More »

Chevron’s tense relations with Richmond

Growing up in Richmond in the 1960s, Andres Soto would watch flares from the Chevron refinery light up the night sky. Pretty cool, he remembers thinking.  More »

Before a spill, group documents marine life in NJ

In the distance loomed the huge metal tanks storing oil and gasoline near the water’s edge.  More »

US Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Gulf

A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer was left with a gaping hole on one side after it collided with an oil tanker early Sunday just outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz.  More »

Higher gas prices expected after refinery fire

Analysts expect West Coast gas prices to rise beyond $4 a gallon after a fire knocked out a key section of one of the nation’s largest oil refineries.  More »

Rig shortage means record $4.5 billion blowout binge

The five-story-tall valve that failed to stop the biggest offshore U.S. oil spill is heading toward a $4.5 billion surge in orders as deep-water oil explorers seek to minimize costs on the world’s most expensive drilling rigs.  More »

Fire is latest pollution problem at Chevron plant

A massive Chevron oil refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is pushing West Coast gas prices higher was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years.  More »

Chevron response to refinery fire under criticism

Investigators were looking at how a small, seemingly insignificant leak at one of the country’s biggest oil refineries quickly unraveled into an intense fire that sent acrid black smoke into the sky and hundreds of people to hospitals with health complaints.  More »

TX man accused of murder in ND oil patch shooting

A Texas man accused in a fatal shooting at a crew camp in the western North Dakota oil patch has been formally charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorizing.  More »