Category: Accidents

Senators: More scrutiny needed after train explosions

Leading Democratic senators said the Obama administration needs to step up its scrutiny of safeguards governing oil transport, following train derailments and explosions.  More »

North Dakota delegation to meet with officials on derailment

Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation say they plan to press federal officials for more information about a tanker derailment and fiery explosion outside of Casselton.  More »

China blames leaking, sparks for deadly oil blast

A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China’s aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.  More »

Train carrying oil derails, catches fire in Canada

Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday morning, while they prepared to launch aerial surveillance and more than 100 residents remained evacuated from their homes. There were no deaths or injuries.  More »

Oil by rail poses ‘ridiculous threat’, former North Dakota governor says

Former North Dakota governor and Casselton native George Sinner wants new regulations placed upon railroads that transport crude oil from the state.  More »

Safety questions after North Dakota derailment

No one was hurt when the mile-long BNSF Railway train derailed Monday afternoon.  More »

Chevron shuts in shallow facility after leak

Chevron has shut in one of its platforms in the Gulf of Mexico after detecting a leak at the site.  More »

Fire at La Porte pipeline facility is out

The fire, which erupted Tuesday morning, was extinguished by the afternoon, but the facility remains shut down.  More »

Marine emergency group relocates HQ to Houston

The Marine Response Alliance has moved it headquarters from Pompano, Fla., to a facility near Bush Intercontinental Airport.  More »

Mayor: Town dodged a bullet in crude train explosion

A southeastern North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded nearby, the mayor said Tuesday, calling for changes in how the fuel is transported across the U.S.  More »

Air quality improving after oil train fire in North Dakota (photos)

Many residents evacuated a southeastern North Dakota town overnight after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded, and officials warned that acrid smoke could blow into the area.  More »

Authorities: Oil train apparently hit grain car before explosions (video)

BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the several rail cars from the mile-long oil train derailed and caught fire at about 2:10 p.m. Monday less than a mile from the city.  More »