Category: Accidents

Japan oil tanker explodes off coast; 1 missing

A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country’s southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said.  More »

In the oil & gas industry, there should be no such thing as an “accident”

The “safety first” message extends – at least in theory – out to the field, where every new engineer and roughneck is constantly told “there’s no such thing as a small incident”, or “if you can’t do it safely, it’s not worth doing”.  More »

Vancouver council weighs resolution against oil terminal

Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies are proposing a terminal at the Port of Vancouver that could handle as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day.  More »

Railroad wants to send oil into town where 47 died

John Giles, president and CEO of Central Maine and Quebec Railway, said he hopes to have an agreement with officials in Lac Megantic, Quebec, within 10 days that would allow the railroad to ship non-hazardous goods, restoring the vital link between the railroad’s operations to the east and west of the community.  More »

Offshore industry prepares for hurricane season

With hurricane season just days away, forecasters are predicting a more mild summer, but offshore producers are preparing nonetheless.  More »

Charges brought in Quebec railway disaster

The Quebec provincial prosecutor’s office said 47 counts of criminal negligence have been filed against engineer Thomas Harding, manager of train operations Jean Demaitre, and Richard Labrie, the railway’s traffic controller.  More »

Human errors account for 80% of offshore accidents, exec says

Safety must be the backbone of any offshore company’s corporate culture because four of every five major offshore accidents are caused by human errors rather than mechanical or structural failures, an Anadarko Petroleum executive said Monday.  More »

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 »