The Ain Amenas gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kjetil Alsvik, Statoil via NTB scanpix, File)

Attacked Algerian gas plant to resume partial work

The head of Algeria’s state-owned energy company, Sonatrach, says the gas complex that came under terrorist attack last month will partially resume work in the next week.
I Energy Rig 248 on FM 99 in Live Oak County near Whisett, Texas. (Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Eagle Ford pay is high, but work can be fatal

Federal documents show inspectors found safety violations at the site of every worker fatality in the Eagle Ford Shale since 2009 and often concluded that companies hadn’t taken adequate steps to keep their workers safe.
Natural gas is pumped from a well at the Beaumont Municipal Airport. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

W.Va. gas worker killed in EQT well pad blast

State regulators say a worker was killed Friday morning in an explosion at an natural gas well pad in West Virginia. A Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman said the unidentified victim was attempting to transfer briny wastewater from a tank into a truck, she said.
Apache Corp. headquarters, 2000 Post Oak Blvd

Workers evacuated from offshore well after incident

Non-essential personnel have been evacuated from a shallow-water well Apache Corp. is drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, amid concerns about an underground flow of natural gas at the site.
This image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island  Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Grounded Alaska drill barge called safe to tow

A multi-agency group formed to deal with the New Year’s Eve grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge near an Alaskan island says the rig is safe to tow to its next port and the unified command is disbanding.
Firefighting crews continue to pour water onto a unit after a fire at a Chevron refinery on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 in Richmond, Calif. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Aric Crabb)

Report: Chevron should have replaced leaky pipe

Government investigators have found that a decades-old pipe that leaked and caused a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in California was corroded, and the company knew it should have been replaced.
Black Elk Energy's sign is seen on the front of its office in the 11400 block of Katy Freeway. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Steffy: CEO vows Black Elk vindication

Facing mounting legal actions, the founder of embattled Black Elk Energy said the results of a government investigation in the coming months will clear the company’s name and beat back criticism about its operations.
Firefighters belonging to the Tacubaya sector and workers dig for survivors after an explosion at an adjacent building to the executive tower of Mexico's state-owned oil company PEMEX, in Mexico City, Thursday Jan. 31, 2013. A large explosion occurred in the lower floors of the building and dozens have been reported injured so far. (AP Photo/Guillermo Gutierrez)

Pemex workers return with source of gas buildup still unknown

Petroleos Mexicanos employees return today to their Mexico City headquarters where 37 people died last week as authorities search for the source of a gas buildup that caused the nation’s deadliest explosion since 2006.
An injured person is carried into an ambulance after an explosion at an adjacent building to the executive tower of Mexico's state-owned oil company PEMEX, in Mexico City, Thursday Jan. 31, 2013. An explosion at the main headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil company in the capital killed more than 10 people and injured some 80 as it heavily damaged three floors of the building, sending hundreds into the streets and a large plume of smoke over the skyline. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Natural gas suspected in Mexico oil company blast

A water-heating system may have leaked natural gas into a tunnel beneath the Pemex headquarters, adding fresh detail to the narrative of the petroleum giant’s fatal explosion.

Federal investigators urge Texas to tighten safety rules

An explosion at oil storage site in East Texas has prompted the federal Chemical Safety Board to urge the Texas Railroad Commission to adopt stricter rules governing security. A similar request last year was ignored.