A pontoon excavator plumbs Morrow Lake near Galesburg, Mich., for submerged oil from the Kalamazoo River spill while three sheen sweepers collect stirred-up oil. Crews are continuing cleanup work from last year's more than 800,000 gallon oil spill that contaminated southern Michigan's Kalamazoo River. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, John Grap)

Kalamazoo River cleanup plan prompts concerns

A dredging plan to help clean up the Kalamazoo River after a 2010 southwestern Michigan oil spill is prompting concerns from area residents and the owner of Bell’s Brewery.
Parts of Calgary, with more corporate headquarters than every other Canadian city except Toronto, are still under water after the Bow and Elbow rivers swelled from record rainfall in the nearby Rocky Mountains, spilling into low-lying communities. Dave Buston/AFP via Getty Images

Calgary’s flooding bruises oil patch economy

Record flooding near Calgary has left the downtown core of Canada’s oil capital empty while forcing the closing of three oil pipelines and causing as much as C$5 billion ($4.8 billion) in damage to homes and offices.
Categories: Accidents, Crude oil
White smoke rises from the Chevron refinery during a controlled burn, the morning after a toxic fire in Richmond, Calif.  (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Laura A. Oda)

California considers tripling number of refinery inspectors

The California proposal on the governor’s desk would help close regulatory gaps that federal investigators found played a role in the fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery last year, supporters say. Currently, the state has just seven inspectors. The added help would bring the total to 26 under the new budget.
(Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Houston area sees a couple of oil spills a day (photos)

Oil spills along the Texas coast are declining, but the Houston region still reports one or two a day.
This photo provided by Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office shows a natural gas pipeline on fire after it exploded in a rural, wooded area of Washington Parish, La., Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The pre-dawn gas line explosion shook residents out of their beds, briefly knocking out power to thousands of people but not injuring anybody. An 80-foot section of 30-inch pipeline ruptured about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday about 10 miles from Franklinton, said State Trooper Nicholas Manale.  (AP Photo/Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, Mike Haley)

Gas line explosion rattles Louisiana

A pre-dawn gas line explosion shook residents out of their beds in a rural, wooded area of Washington Parish, briefly knocking out power to thousands of people but not injuring anybody.
Categories: Accidents
State police man a roadblock as smoke burn off from a flare at a chemical plant fire is seen about twenty miles southeast of Baton Rouge, in Geismar, La., Thursday, June 13, 2013. The plant makes highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Worker: Plant explosion set off a mad scramble to escape

Louisiana’s health department said 77 people were treated at hospitals after an explosion at a Williams Cos. petrochemical plant in Louisiana Thursday.
A chemical plant fire is seen in this aerial photo about twenty miles southeast of Baton Rouge, in Geismer, La., Thursday, June 13, 2013.  Ambulances and helicopters took at least 30 people from the burning chemical plant after an explosion Thursday, officials said. Early tests did not indicate dangerous levels of any chemicals around the plant, but area residents were told to remain indoors with doors and windows closed, said Jean Kelly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

One man killed, 77 hurt in chemical plant explosion (video)

A ground-rattling explosion Thursday at a chemical plant in Louisiana ignited a blaze that killed at least one person and injured dozens of others, authorities said. A previous wire report said at least two people had been killed.
In this Oct. 15, 2010 file photo, a cleared area is shown in San Bruno, Calif., where several homes were destroyed by a fire from a gas pipeline explosion. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Audit finds California utility didn’t spend safety money

The audit could not say exactly how PG&E spent the money, but it blamed ineffective executive management.
Categories: Accidents, Pipelines
A member of ExxonMobil's cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 1, 2013. (Courtney Spradlin /AP/Log Cabin Democrat)

Group of Ark. residents sue Exxon after oil spill

Dozens of residents and property owners are suing ExxonMobil Pipeline Company two months after a pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the central Arkansas city of Mayflower.
Categories: Accidents
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)

Shell rig left Alaska port to avoid taxes, company official testifies

Shell’s Kulluk oil drilling rig left Dutch Harbor in December to avoid the prospect of millions in taxes, a Shell official revealed Saturday in testimony to a Coast Guard investigation panel.