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)

Chevron says it has paid $10 million after fire

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Chevron Corp. has paid about $10 million and has begun what’s being termed “corrective actions” after a fire last summer at its Richmond refinery, company officials said.
Categories: Accidents, Refining
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2 injured in fire at East Texas oil storage

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Two people are reported hurt in a fire at an oil storage facility in East Texas as firefighters work to prevent the blaze from spreading.
Categories: Accidents, Crude oil
A towboat banks a barge against the western bank of the Mississippi River. (AP Photo/Vicksburg Post, Eli Baylis)

Oil barge hits Miss. River bridge

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Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River Monday, a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg.
The towboat Nature Way Endeavor banks a barge against the western bank of the Mississippi River, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. The river was closed to all traffic eight miles north and south of Vicksburg. (AP Photo/Vicksburg Post, Eli Baylis)

Oil barge hits bridge in Mississippi

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A barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., on Sunday, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for eight miles in each direction, the Coast Guard said. A second barge was damaged.
A network of pipelines extend into the bay on the Chevron refinery's long wharf in Richmond, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle)

Bar pilot panel slow to act on complaint

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San Francisco — The California commission that polices bar pilots who navigate ships through San Francisco Bay has gone nearly a year without acting on an extraordinary complaint against a captain lodged after his loaded oil tanker nearly ran aground off Richmond – an incident that could have caused an environmental disaster.
An oil-spill response vessel from a Shell commercial promoting Arctic drilling.

Arctic drilling can be done safely, federal adviser says

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Arctic drilling can be done safely, as long as the oil industry takes a balanced approach and works with local stakeholders and federal regulators, said Tom Hunter, the chairman of the federal Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee established after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
U.S. Coast Guard image showing the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island on Jan. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

High costs raise new questions about Arctic drilling

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High-profile mishaps are spurring some in the oil industry to re-evaluate whether the crude on top of the world is worth the logistical challenges, financial costs and environmental risks of getting to it.
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Fire squelched at Kinder Morgan Pasadena facility

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A fire that broke out at a Kinder Morgan facility in Pasadena early Tuesday kept firefighters busy, but no injuries were reported.
Categories: Accidents
A cross with the words "promises made," referring to promises made by BP and government officials responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, stands in a front yard in Grand Isle, La., on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Gulf disaster victims’ loved ones tell of grief

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One has suffered nightmares. Another says she’s lost a piece of her heart. A third laments that companies put money ahead of safety. The sentiments come from victim impact statements filed with the court and released this week by relatives of workers killed in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.
Cleanup worker Jeiner Foronda places fresh absorbent boom in the affected marshland of Terrebonne Parish, La., while cleaning up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. ( Smiley N. Pool / Chronicle )

La. AG’s oil spill tab nears $24M

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Louisiana’s attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state’s legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, with much of the money paid to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns.