Tag: investigation

Chronicle investigation: Peril in the oil patch

The drilling boom in Texas’ oil and natural gas fields has brought jobs and prosperity, but extracted a bloody human toll.  More »

Fracking boom leaves Texans under toxic cloud (video)

Texas’ air monitoring system is so flawed that the state knows almost nothing about the extent of the pollution in the Eagle Ford and companies that break the law are rarely fined, according to an investigation published this week by InsideClimate News.  More »

Investigators delay finalizing report on fatal Tesoro refinery blast

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has delayed finalizing its investigative report into an April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, prompting criticism from its own members and others.  More »

BP asks court to suspend seafood payments for fraud probe

BP Plc asked a U.S. judge to stop payments in the $2.3 billion seafood-industry portion of its settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, pending an investigation of a fraud claim against a plaintiffs’ attorney.  More »

Feds cite Houston firm, contractors in fatal Gulf blast

A federal agency alleges that safety deficiencies by a Houston company and its contractors led to the deaths of three oil platform workers in an explosion last year.  More »

Nigerian lawmakers to probe Swiss oil fraud

Nigerian lawmakers say their country’s oil business must be investigated after an international watchdog group alleged that Nigerian and Swiss traders may be complicit in defrauding the Nigerian public of billions of dollars.  More »

Ethanol industry takes aim at AP investigation

Ethanol industry officials emailed newspapers and other media, referring to the AP’s report as a “smear,” ”hatchet job” and “more dumpster fire than journalism.”  More »

Feds: Safety culture ‘poor, at best’ before fatal Black Elk platform blast

In their report on the fatal explosion of a Black Elk platform last year, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Coast Guard said that workers who were “worried about losing their jobs if they raised safety concerns” did not call a halt to work “despite apparent anomalies.”  More »

Fire extinguished at suburban Chicago oil refinery

Officials are monitoring air quality near a suburban Chicago oil refinery after a fire lit up the evening sky.  More »

Opponent accuses Cameron of panic response to rising energy prices

Ed Miliband, the leader of the U.K.’s opposition Labour Party, accused Prime Minister David Cameron of making up energy policy in a panicked response to public anger at soaring electricity and gas bills.  More »

As Bakken booms, drug arrests spike

Authorities have released mugshots of twelve people indicted on federal charges alleging they were involved in a ring that distributed methamphetamine in the Bakken oil patch along the North Dakota border  More »

Embassy of the Philippines vows to protect claims of workers hurt in Gulf blast

Officials from the Philippines vowed to protect the rights and claims of workers from the country who were injured and killed in last year’s fatal Gulf platform blast.  More »
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