Category: Accidents

Barge firm faces long legal haul

The operator of a barge that leaked oil into Galveston Bay after a collision can expect federal fines and damage claims that could climb into the millions.  More »

Busy Houston port needs upgrades to maintain safety

The energy-led increase in congestion in the Houston Ship Channel highlights the need for more maintenance, dredging, high-tech navigation systems and other improvements to ensure safe travel through the narrow waterway.  More »

Exxon Mobil refinery receiving crude shipments again after channel closure

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s major refinery in Baytown can push its output of refined products back up again after a decline when the Houston Ship Channel closed for three days.  More »

How the Galveston Bay oil spill affected gasoline prices

Nationally, unleaded gasoline sold for an average of just over $3.53 per gallon Tuesday, according to AAA, up less than a penny from the day before the spill.  More »

BP, feds cleaning up oil spill in Lake Michigan

The London oil company traced the oil leak to a glitch at its 1,400-acre Whiting facility on Monday afternoon. There were no injuries and the crude has stopped leaking, the company said.  More »

Houston Ship Channel reopens after oil spill

The prospect that at least some vessels soon may resume travel through the Houston Ship Channel eased worries that an oil spill Saturday will threaten productivity from area refineries.  More »

Exxon Mobil: Ship channel shutdown hitting refinery output (photos)

The Houston Ship Channel remains closed indefinitely after nearly 170,000 gallons of heavy oil spilled into the Galveston Bay on Saturday afternoon.  More »

Investigators complete report on Quebec oil-train disaster

Quebec police have finished and filed with authorities their investigation into the Lac-Megantic train disaster that killed 47 people and prompted backlash against the growing practice of transporting crude oil by rail.  More »

Judge rules Anadarko emails don’t show fault in Gulf oil spill

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) officials urged BP Plc to drill deeper into the Gulf of Mexico well that caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history even after BP warned that doing so would be unsafe.  More »

Regulators say Duke pumped coal ash into river (photos)

North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River, marking the eighth time in less than a month the nation’s largest electricity company has been cited for environmental violations.  More »

5-inch pipeline crack leaks oil in nature preserve

A 5-inch crack in a pipeline caused more than 10,000 gallons of crude oil to leak into a suburban nature preserve, officials said Thursday.  More »

25 years later, Exxon Valdez spill effects linger (photos)

Twenty five years after the Exxon Valdez spill, most of the species have recovered. But some wildlife, as well as the people who live in the region, are still struggling.  More »