Category: Accidents

El Paso Corp. pipeline catches fire in Ohio

A segment of El Paso Corp.’s Tennessee Gas natural gas pipeline caught fire in southeastern Ohio, said Jill Harris, director of the Athens County Emergency Management Agency.  More »

Mountains limited spread of fallout from Fukushima

A map of radioactive contamination across Japan from the Fukushima power plant disaster confirms high levels in eastern and northeastern areas but finds much lower levels in the western part of the country, thanks to mountain ranges, researchers say  More »

Amnesty says Shell must clean oil spill wrecking lives

Amnesty International says the shell oil company must clean up a 3-year-old spill that has wrecked the livelihoods of tens of thousands of farmers and fishermen in southeastern Nigeria.  More »

Coast Guard OKs winding down of BP spill cleanup

A Coast Guard spokeswoman says the shoreline plan outlines “the standard for clean.”  More »

BP agrees to pay $50 million to settle state blast claims

In settling the case, BP did not acknowledge liability for 72 emissions the state alleged occurred during and after the 2005 Texas City refinery explosion that killed 15 workers.  More »

Greens, citing Lake Michigan spill, call for Congress not to block EPA rule

Environmental groups today upped pressure on Congress not to block the Environmental Protection Agency from handing down restrictions on coal-ash disposal, citing reports of an ash spill into Lake Michigan on Monday.  More »

Transocean asks judge to force BP to indemnify spill damages

A Transocean Ltd. unit asked a U.S. judge to order BP Plc to honor a blanket indemnity against oil spill damages that the Deepwater Horizon rig owner claims was part of its drilling contract.  More »

Civil war battlefield preservation included in spill settlement

A tanker company has agreed to make improvements at the Sabine Pass Battleground, site of an 1863 Civil War battle, as part of a settlement arising from an oil spill last year.  More »

Maritime worker wins $2.8 million verdict

A jury in Galveston awarded $2.8 million to a barge worker who suffered knee and back injuries when he fell off a ladder between two vessels.  More »

Investigators: Better security needed at oil storage tanks to stop deaths

Dozens of teenagers and children have been killed in explosions at oil and gas storage tanks over the past three decades, according to federal investigators who today are urging companies to better secure the sites. The Chemical Safety Board found 26 lethal explosions — most involving partying teenagers and curious kids — at oil and gas storage sites from 1983 to 2010.  More »

Engineer killed by shark in Australia worked on BP oil spill

A Houston man killed this weekend by a great white shark in Australia was doing what he enjoyed most – fishing and diving – at the time of the brutal attack, his father said.  More »

SEC lowers the bar for telling investors of cyber threats

There used to be a lot of gray area surrounding just how much companies needed to tell their investors about threats from cyber attack. A new interpretation of the existing rules lowers the bar threshold for what needs to be reported significantly.  More »

Anadarko may dodge a ratings bullet with BP settlement

A settlement with BP over oil spill clean-up liabilities is good news for Anadarko Petroleums  More »

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 »