Oil sheens spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of BP’s failed Macondo well may be coming from the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon rig, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. More »
Officials say an investigation into an oil well explosion in North Dakota that killed two workers will center on whether the men should have been wearing fire-resistant clothing under a federal safety policy that has drawn criticism from some drilling companies. More »
A utility knew about wildfire dangers amid Texas’ severe drought but failed to remove dead trees and branches near power lines that sparked the most destructive wildfire in state history, an attorney said Tuesday after filing a lawsuit for some families who lost their homes. More »
Fatigue, improper communication and other distractions — including a pilot reading a newspaper while navigating a large vessel through a narrow channel — contributed to a ship collision last year between a tanker and a towboat that sparked the largest Texas oil spill in more than 20 years, federal transportation investigators said today. More »
Suspected Islamist militants today attacked a gas pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula that transports fuel to neighboring Israel and Jordan, officials said. More »
Royal Dutch Shell PLC closed a field after oil thieves caused spills that worsened pollution in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta, the oil major said today, and said they plan to keep the field closed until thieves leave the area. More »
Last week, BP pushed ahead with plans to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, one week after the release of final joint report by the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management into its Macondo well disaster in April 2010. More »
Pelicans and other birds drenched in oil got lots of attention during last year’s BP oil spill. But bugs? More »
The workers claim they were abandoned by a ship that could have taken them to safety. The workers’ attorney, Francis Spagnoletti, said Friday the three men as well as their co-workers suffered a harrowing ordeal that could have been prevented.
A failed Exxon Mobil pipeline that spilled an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River was expected to restart operations on Saturday after federal officials approved repairs.
Power has been restored to the Valero and Marathon refineries in Texas City late Thursday evening, police officials said. More »
In the wake of federal charges accusing seven oil companies with killing 28 migratory birds in open waste pits, oil and gas drilling operations in North Dakota could soon be hit with state regulations that one advocate said would change the face of the state’s drilling industry — and save a lot of birds. More »