More than a dozen oil companies and trade groups have lined up to oppose plans to broaden the federal government’s oversight of safety practices at wells, saying existing standards are enough to protect workers nationwide. More »
In an unprecedented challenge, Tesoro Corp. has barred federal authorities from going inside its refinery near Martinez to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe, The Chronicle has learned. More »
The fire at Chevron Corp.’s refinery in Richmond, California, last year that sickened thousands was caused by the company ignoring a decade’s worth of calls for inspections and upgrades of piping that eventually corroded and failed, a federal safety report said today. More »
The agency has proposed penalties totaling $199,800 for four repeat and three serious violations, according to OSHA.
Blood test results on some workers who cleaned up beaches and marshes after the 2010 Gulf oil spill suggest they may be at elevated risk for cancer and other disorders. More »
Federal regulators have proposed fines for a Williams Co. contractor and subsidiary following a natural gas liquids leak that was discovered in March near Parachute. More »
OSHA cited Piping Technology & Products with one willful violation. Willful violations include allegations that a company acted with indifference to worker health or safety or either knew or disregarded the federal rules. More »
The California proposal on the governor’s desk would help close regulatory gaps that federal investigators found played a role in the fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery last year, supporters say. Currently, the state has just seven inspectors. The added help would bring the total to 26 under the new budget. More »
The mother and son of a Friendswood man who died after being burned in an explosion at a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Deer Park last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the chemical manufacturer, a subsidiary and two employees. More »
Federal safety regulators are investigating the blowout of an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. well in West Texas that killed two workers and sent three to the hospital, the company said.
Federal documents show inspectors found safety violations at the site of every worker fatality in the Eagle Ford Shale since 2009 and often concluded that companies hadn’t taken adequate steps to keep their workers safe. More »
Oil and gas field services and drilling workers were killed on the job in Texas more than those in any other profession, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis. More »