Category: Accidents

U.S. to let American firms respond to any Cuban oil spills

The United States is paving the way for American firms to respond to any oil spills from offshore drilling set to begin off Cuba’s northern coast later this year, an Obama administration official is telling the Senate today.  More »

Anadarko settles spill claims with BP for $4 billion

Anadarko will pay BP $4 billion to be free of all future liabilities related to the deadly Deepwater Horizon accident and ensuing oil spill.  More »

Paper shows Japan feared aftershocks at nuke plant

Japan feared three months after the Fukushima nuclear power plant was hit by a tsunami that aftershocks could further damage one of its fuel storage pools, causing rods inside to melt and spew radiation within hours, according to a newly released document.  More »

Cybercrime becomes bigger threat to energy industry than terrorists

In the past energy industry security was all about terrorist threats to facilities and overseas kidnappings. These days cyber espionage is the bigger problem.  More »

Transocean accused of not honoring spill subpoenas

Transocean must comply with subpoenas issued by the Chemical Safety Board in its investigation of the Deepwater Horizon accident, the Justice Department says in a Houston lawsuit.  More »

Never mind the radiation, Japan offers free airfare to 10,000

Six months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, Japan is hoping to boost tourism to the country by offer more than 10,000 free airline tickets to the country, officials reported.  More »

Houston gas drilling contractor fined for running afoul of Clean Water Act

Integrated Production Services, a Houston-based oil and gas drilling contractor, today agreed to pay $140,000 in fines for sending hydrochloric acid into an eastern Oklahoma creek in 2007.  More »

Oil sheen found on Yellowstone near Exxon refinery

A spokeswoman for the Exxon Mobil refinery in Billings says workers are cleaning up a small oil sheen found in a side channel of the Yellowstone River in Billings.  More »

A tough time to be an electric company in Texas

Past purchases of wholesale power price spikes in Texas has led to multiple failures among electric retailers. So far, the impact of this past summer’s prices spikes seem more muted, although lots of companies have been bought and sold in the past month.  More »

ConocoPhillips explores pipeline problem in N. Idaho

Officials for ConocoPhillips are investigating if a northern Idaho section of the oil company’s gasoline pipeline has sprung a small leak, and they have imposed some precautionary measures to minimize the risk to public health.  More »

EPA softens stance on cross-state air pollution rule

The Environmental Protection Agency, facing intense opposition from some states and industry, softened today a new rule that requires again power plants to sharply cut emissions that cause smog and soot in neighboring states.  More »

Nuclear agency urged to review spent fuel pools

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should take immediate steps to improve the safety of pools containing radioactive waste stored at U.S. nuclear plants, an internal report said.  More »

Residents sue Exxon for Yellowstone River oil spill

Several landowners whose property was damaged when an ExxonMobil Corp. pipeline spilled oil into the Yellowstone River have filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages for long-term harm to their property and businesses.  More »

TNMP to Valero: What we have here is a failure to communicate

The company that runs the power lines supplying Texas City’s vast refining complex said it is taking measures to deal with ongoing power outages that have hit the facilities this year.  More »

Responders must train for hybrid, electric car rescues

With all-electric and hybrid vehicles, or cars with both combustion engines and battery packs, becoming more prevalent, fire departments across the country have instituted new courses to instruct personnel on the potential hazards they may encounter at a motor vehicle accident.  More »