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Report Calls For More Protection For Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 8:16 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.     

Group Wants To Test W.Va. Homes For Chemical

June 6, 2014 9:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

An independent research group suggests sampling water in 720 West Virginia homes for a chemical that spilled into the water supply in January.                    

Safety Board Faults Key Device In BP Oil Spill

June 5, 2014 12:59 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. board's investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.          


Trial On Mercury Cleanup In Penobscot River Begins

June 4, 2014 3:46 pm | by Alanna Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 15 years after the closure of a chemical plant that dumped mercury into Maine's Penobscot River, a federal trial began Tuesday to determine whether the company now responsible for it must pay to clean up the downriver contamination that advocates say puts humans and wildlife at risk.

Hearing On Texas Oil Spill Resumes

June 3, 2014 3:59 pm | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The captain of a tugboat whose barges collided with a cargo freighter in the Houston Ship Channel says the larger vessel increased its speed in foggy conditions and she couldn't turn quickly to avoid the crash.              

6 Hanford Workers Report Smelling Vapors

May 30, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Six workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are receiving medical evaluations after they reported smelling chemical vapors at two underground storage tank farms.               

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.                 

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.                    

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. 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, 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.                              

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