Category: Accidents

Fire at offshore Alaska gas platform prompts evacuation

No spill has been reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. The platform is operated by Hilcorp Alaska.  More »

Anadarko wants rehearing on oil spill fines

The Woodlands oil explorer wants to clear its name of oil spill penalties stemming from its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.  More »

Black Elk execs depart, start new firm

The man who founded and led Black Elk Energy, a Houston firm battered by a fatal 2012 explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms, left the company a few weeks ago to try his hand at pumping oil on dry land.  More »

BP says judge’s fact findings should limit its spill liability

BP is arguing in court that certain findings in a federal judge’s recent ruling actually work in its favor.  More »

Injuries reported in blast at Wyoming tank owned by Houston company

Houston-based EOG Resources owns a storage tank where an explosion Tuesday caused injuries but no deaths.  More »

BP asks Texas Supreme Court for ruling that would cut spill costs

The legal question of the day, submitted by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to the justices in Texas, could change the way companies finance risky business operations well beyond the oil industry.  More »

Occidental agrees to $190 million settlement with New Jersey

Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s chemical subsidiary has agreed to pay New Jersey $190 million to resolve liability stemming from damages to the Passaic River, the state’s attorney general announced Monday.  More »

Chevron draining natural gas after worker death

Authorities said that a Chevron Corp. subsidiary was still releasing natural gas Sunday from a pipeline off the Louisiana coast where a Saturday incident killed a maintenance worker.  More »

1 dead in gas accident on offshore La. platform

A contractor was killed and two others were injured Saturday during maintenance on a Chevron natural gas pipeline off the Louisiana coast, authorities said.  More »

Natural gas industry unveils security program

A new program led by natural gas utilities could help improve the safety of their infrastructure by allowing them to more effectively share information about the threats they’re facing.  More »

Judge rules BP was grossly negligent in oil spill

A federal judge on Thursday ruled that BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago was the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct by the London oil company.  More »

PG&E plans to appeal penalty in deadly blast

The filing didn’t list a reason for the appeal. The gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb killed eight people in 2010.  More »

PG&E fined $1.4 billion for deadly 2010 blast

The explosion killed eight people and prompted national alerts about aging pipelines.  More »

Fire out after BP Whiting refinery explosion

An explosion and fire occurred late Wednesday at BP’s biggest U.S. refinery in Whiting, Indiana, but appears to have left no serious injuries.  More »

Commentary: Mark Wahlberg and Deepwater Horizon? I’m skeptical but cautiously optimistic

I’ve written in the past about my skepticism when it comes to Hollywood depicting the oil & gas industry, and unfortunately I don’t see much reason or incentive for this film to take a different course.  More »