Category: Accidents

One offshore accident can spoil goodwill for entire industry, regulator says

The offshore oil and gas industry only has to look back four years to see why investing in safety isn’t a frivolous expenditure, it’s hard-nose business, the nation’s top offshore regulator said Monday.  More »

Senator: Latest train spill shows need to improve safety

Sen. Mark Udall says a Union Pacific derailment and oil spill in Weld County illustrates the importance of upgrading rail safety regulations.  More »

Trauma Locker’s OTC booth shows how to make safety simple

Most of the eye-popping technology on display at OTC is mind-numbingly complex. Others, like the wares at the Trauma Locker booth, are so simple they inspire an age-old question: Why didn’t I think of this?  More »

Offshore industry has worst-case scenario technology at four strategic sites

The energy industry has deployed technology that can stop the most devastating offshore blowouts in four strategic locations around the world in order to ensure they can be quickly deployed to where they’re needed.  More »

Investigators narrow possible causes of oil train derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board says the crew’s actions, the train’s equipment or speed did not likely contribute to the fiery derailment of an oil train in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  More »

Oil-train wreck heightens fire chiefs’ concerns

Emergency officials say an oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia underscores the fact that many departments don’t have the resources to deal with such an accident along a busy route for hauling oil.  More »

2 killed, 9 hurt in Texas oil field explosion

The explosion was 60 miles southeast of Carlsbad, N.M.  More »

Worker deaths surged in oil boom state, AFL-CIO says

The 2012 rate is a dramatic increase from the 7 deaths per 100,000 workers recorded in 2007 before the state’s oil and economic boom took off.  More »

Authorities assessing spill size at site of oil train fire (photos)

Several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed in downtown and caught fire along the James River in Lynchburg, Va., leading to the evacuation of nearby buildings, but no injuries, city officials said.  More »

Oily mist sprayed over 27 acres at Prudhoe Bay

State officials say an oily mist was sprayed over 27 acres of snow-covered tundra on the North Slope because of a pipeline failure.  More »

Small fire burns at Wyoming gas plant after blast

A small fire burned at a western Wyoming natural gas processing plant Monday, five days after an explosion forced the evacuation of a nearby town and shut down the facility.  More »

Justice Dept.: Shielding Transocean docs could threaten Gulf spill report

A U.S. attorney on Monday urged a federal appeals court to reject Transocean’s challenge to subpoenas for documents linked to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, arguing they are pivotal for a regulatory report on the disaster due in June.  More »

Feds cites Chevron for explosion that killed woman

Chevron’s Pascagoula refinery has been fined $24,000 related to the November explosion and fire that left one employee dead, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  More »

Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

There’s no estimate of when residents will be allowed to go home because it’s not known how long it will take for all the gas in the plant to burn off, a county spokesman said.  More »

Small Wyoming town evacuated after natural gas explosion

A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.  More »