Category: Accidents

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

The 2010 California blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.  More »

One killed in Pemex refinery fire

At least four accidents have occurred at the Ciudad Madero refinery this year, including a fire at a storage tank on July 22 that injured nine Pemex workers.  More »

Insurance industry changes with energy industry

Newer areas for insurance companies to cover include shale gas, wind turbines and transporting oil by railroads, a speaker said at the Independent Insurance Agents of Houston Energy Symposium.  More »

Report faults Chevron in deadly gas well fire

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said that a contract worker with no oil field experience worked on the well, contrary to company policy,  More »

Companies at work on blowout preventers for deeper depths

GE Oil & Gas and others are working to create blowout preventers that can work at deeper depths and higher pressures.  More »

City: Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

The 7,000 pages of emails between leaders at PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and his staff were released as the result of a lawsuit filed by the city of San Bruno.  More »

Officials say Williston fire burned chemicals

A North Dakota health official says air quality tests at the site showed levels “that would not raise concern.”  More »

Shell, Exxon Mobil employees aboard downed flight

Employees of Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil Corp. were aboard the Maylasia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine Thursday.  More »

EPA says Duke done dredging coal ash from N.C. river

Environmental watchdog groups pointed out Thursday that Duke recovered less than 10 percent of the coal ash it spilled.  More »

Influence game: Shaping railroad safety rules

Billions of dollars are riding on how oil train safety rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  More »

Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil’s impact

For many Native Americans on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation — a land that accounts for 300,000 of the 1 million barrels of oil produced by North Dakota daily — there is a difficult balance between the potential prosperity that oil and gas development can bring and the preservation of a land considered by cultural and religious tradition to be sacred.  More »

Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility

In tanks, the mix of gas and oil that comes with the saltwater can be volatile.  More »

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

A year has passed since a runaway oil train slid quietly down a hill in the middle of the night and derailed in a series of explosions that obliterated a large swath of downtown Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.  More »

For some people, the “Great Crew Change” can’t come fast enough

Because people like this are EXACTLY why accidents continue to happen in the oilfield.  More »

India pipeline blast kills 15 people, guts houses (video)

A state-owned gas pipeline exploded and burst into flames Friday, killing at least 15 people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of neighboring villages in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, authorities said.  More »