Burnt buildings are seen following a train derailment causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Lac Megantic, Quebec. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson

Canada toughens train rules after deadly disaster

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Canadian transportation authorities banned one-man crews for trains with dangerous goods Tuesday, responding to calls for tougher regulations after an oil train derailment in Quebec killed 47 people.
A fire ignited the Hercules 265 jack-up rig Tuesday after natural gas leaked from an uncontrolled natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico, federal authorities reported. (U.S. Coast Guard)

Gas stops flowing from runaway well; fire down to small flame

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A blowout preventer may have ignited the fire that caused a Gulf of Mexico rig to partially collapse Wednesday, after a natural gas well blew out, federal authorities reported.
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Pemex pipe explodes in central Mexico, 7 injured

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A pipeline explosion Sunday that injured seven people and sent flames and smoke shooting hundreds of feet into the air in central Mexico was caused by illegal tapping, Mexico’s state-owned oil company said.
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July 16, 2013,  workers at the crash site of the train derailment and fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The July 6, 2013 derailment left 47 people dead.  (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, Pool)

Deadly derailment won’t stop oil on trains

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A fiery and fatal train derailment earlier this month in Quebec, near the Maine border, highlighted the danger of moving oil by rail, a practice that has grown exponentially as a result of the oil boom and will continue to expand, experts say.
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Officials: 5 workers burned in oil field explosion

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The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department says five men have been injured in an oilfield explosion near Alexander.
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BP asks court to suspend spill payouts pending investigation

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BP is asking a federal court to suspend payments under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill pending completion of an independent probe into the claims administration process.
A massive fire from a PG&E pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. in Sept. 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Calif. seeks record fine in pipeline explosion

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California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.
An aerial view of an Energy Resource Technology well that leaked a briny mix of gas, condensate and salt water for roughly four days in July. Workers brought the 40-year-old well under control on July 11, after pumping drilling mud into it. They were preparing to pump cement into the well to permanently kill it as soon as July 15. (Photo: Talos Energy)

Workers aim to kill Gulf well

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Work is underway to permanently kill off a well that leaked gas and condensate into the Gulf of Mexico for about four days last week.
Gas, condensate and salt water leaked from an Energy Resource Technology well in the Gulf of Mexico on July 8, producing a rainbow sheen at one point estimated to stretch four miles. By July 12, it had been brought under control and was no longer leaking. (Photo: Billy L. Dugger with On Wings of Care)

Workers preparing to permanently kill Gulf well

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Workers are preparing to permanently kill a leaking gas well in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, after temporarily sealing it off late Thursday.
Wrecked oil tankers and debris from a runaway train are piled up following a deadly explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada in July 2013. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press)

Police: 24 bodies now found in Quebec train crash

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The first victim of a runaway oil train’s explosive derailment in a Quebec town was identified Thursday, more than five days since the disaster, which left behind a scorched scene so dangerous that it slowed the search for 50 people presumed dead.