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Japan Oil Tanker Explodes

May 30, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

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. Four others were severely injured.          

Court Won't Stop BP Spill Claims Payments

May 28, 2014 2:17 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said Wednesday.           

Exxon: Oil Will Be Top Energy Source For Years

May 28, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

The CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. says alternative fuels will grow but that oil will remain the world's leading source of energy for another quarter century.                 

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Applied Industrial Technologies To Acquire Knox Oil Field Supply

May 28, 2014 11:51 am | by Applied Industrial Technologies | News | Comments

Knox Oil Field Supply is a family owned and operated distributor of oilfield supplies and related services established in 1978. Products include downhole pumps, rods, valves and fittings, and general supplies.                

Mexico Arrests 4 Pemex Employees For Fuel Theft

May 28, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

The Pemex oil company has had an increasing problem of thefts from illegally perforated pipelines, but the employees were stealing fuel by opening valves.                

New Safety Requirements For Keystone Pipeline

May 27, 2014 7:51 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety regulators have placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.     

W.Va. Regulators Open Chemical Spill Probe

May 22, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

The Public Service Commission said the focus of its investigation will be on whether the company's reaction to the spill and presence of the coal-cleaning agent MCHM was "unreasonable or inadequate."         

BNSF Says Future Of Crude By Rail Depends On Safety

May 22, 2014 7:53 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the biggest railroad hauling North Dakota crude says the future of oil shipments depends on proving that it can be done safely.                    

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BP Will Ask Supreme Court To Hear Claims Issue

May 21, 2014 2:27 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement.          

Probe: Scant Oversight Of Chemical Plants

May 21, 2014 8:11 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, says a new report.                       

Industry Says Bakken Oil Not More Risky Than Others

May 20, 2014 3:27 pm | by James MacPherson and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil industry is pushing back against tougher rules for rail cars after a string of fiery accidents, insisting that crude shipped from the Northern Plains is no more dangerous than some other cargoes.         

Company Says 4 Dead In Vietnam Riots

May 20, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A Chinese company said Tuesday that four of its workers died last week in riots in Vietnam triggered by China's deployment of an oil rig in disputed seas.                            

Gov. Perry Criticizes Obama Energy Policy

May 19, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has written to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration's energy policies, EPA regulations and failure to approve the construction of a pipeline to carry tar sands crude from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.  

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Porsche Sued Over Deadly Crash; Samsung Apologizes To Chip Workers

May 16, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from kitty litter that may have caused a radiation leak to Samsung apologizes to workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                  

CEO Hoping Town Where 47 Died Will Approve Oil Trains

May 16, 2014 11:59 am | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company purchasing the assets of a railroad responsible for a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec plans to resume oil shipments after track safety improvements are made, the firm's top executive said.      

Texas Agency Says Firefighters Unprepared For Blast

May 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The firefighters who tried in vain to stop a burning Texas fertilizer plant from exploding weren't prepared for the dangers of the blaze, which was too big for them to fight, state investigators said in a report.          

EPA Announces Record $14M Fine For Titanium Waste

May 15, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Henderson.                 

Gov't Acknowledges Gaps In Oil Well Inspections

May 14, 2014 2:24 pm | News | Comments

The agency acknowledged it needed to do more to improve oversight of drilling, pointing to a lack of funding as reasons it failed to inspect oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination.              

Chevron To Pay $875K For Utah Oil Spills

May 14, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators have announced an $875,000 settlement with Chevron related to a pair of Utah oil spills in recent years.                              

Samsung Apologizes To Sick Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia.  

Charges Brought In Railway Disaster In Quebec

May 13, 2014 12:22 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three employees of the railway company involved in last summer's runaway oil train disaster that killed 47 people are due to appear in court Tuesday to face criminal negligence charges.           

Thousands Of Vietnamese Workers Protest At Chinese Factories

May 13, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

Several thousand Vietnamese workers protested at Chinese-owned factories, vandalizing some of them, as anger flared at Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam.               

Gov't Failed To Inspect Higher Risk Oil Wells

May 12, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.             

Watchdog: Pipeline Safety Oversight Shoddy

May 9, 2014 12:55 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government watchdog says the federal agency responsible for making sure states effectively oversee the safety of natural gas and other pipelines is failing to do its job.              

Hopes For Keystone XL Vote Fade

May 8, 2014 8:07 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bid by supporters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline to force a vote on the controversial project fell apart Wednesday amid partisan bickering over how the vote should be conducted.                  

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