Category: Accidents

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 »

Experts say Chevron refinery fire could impact gas prices

A major fire at one of the country’s biggest oil refineries that sent scores of people to hospitals with breathing problems will push gas prices above $4 a gallon on the West Coast, analysts said Tuesday.  More »

Enbridge Energy reports oil spill in Wisconsin

A pipeline carrying crude oil to Chicago-area refineries has leaked about 1,200 barrels of oil into a Wisconsin field, Enbridge Energy Partners said Saturday.  More »

Groups protest tar sands oil on spill anniversary

On the second anniversary of the costliest onshore oil spill in U.S. history, environmental groups held rallies in several states Wednesday to raise concerns about transporting tar sands oil in underground pipelines.  More »

Offshore industry’s safety metrics inadequate, experts say

Worker injury measures often used to assess the safety of offshore operations don’t determine risk of catastrophic accidents, experts said during the Chemical Safety Board’s public hearing Tuesday.  More »

Spill report cites poor safety management

A federal panel meeting in Houston reports that deficiencies in safety management contributed to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Report says offshore industry falls short on key safety monitoring

The Chemical Safety Board is set to conclude that the offshore drilling sector’s focus on monitoring individual worker injuries set the stage for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Couple settles with Houston company over pipeline blast

An Ohio couple say they have settled with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. over a November gas line explosion that destroyed their home.  More »

Damaged Motiva refinery unit to reopen in 2013

The brand-new crude distillation was shut down in June after it suffered severe damage from a chemical leak.  More »

PG&E memo: Downgrading leaks would cut costs

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. suggested to managers before the San Bruno pipeline explosion that downgrading more than 2,300 natural-gas leaks – and potentially not fixing them – would save the company nearly $5 million, according to an internal document obtained by The Chronicle.  More »