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Explosion at BP Whiting Refinery

Late Wednesday night, an explosion occurred at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana. According to a statement from the Whiting Fire Department, a compressor at the refinery exploded and caused a fire at ...
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Oil Spill Liability Cap May Increase

In 1990, the federal government passed the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. OPA established strict liability for the company responsible for an oil spill and mandated ...
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No Criminal Charges Filed in Fatal Washington Refinery Explosion

In April of 2010, an explosion at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Washington killed seven workers and injured many more. After a four year investigation into the cause of the explosion, the ...
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Law Blocking "Big Oil" Lawsuit Challenged by Louisiana Flood Authority

In July of 2013, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Authority (SLFA) filed a lawsuit in in Louisiana state court against 97 oil and gas companies. They lawsuit alleged that the defendants had damaged ...
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Macondo Well Owners Unable to Avoid Oil Spill Fines

On Wednesday, June 4, a federal appeals court released a ruling that would not allow the owners of the Macondo well to avoid federal fines following the tragic Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010, as ...
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Lavaca County Oil Rig Explosion Sparks Investigation

An oil rig near Victoria, Texas went up in flames recently when workers were drilling into the Eagle Ford. Crew members were sent scrambling for cover when the rig exploded with a loud boom. A ...
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Addressing the Mental Health of Those Impacted by the BP Oil Spill

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, researchers at Louisiana State University have gathered to study the drilling disaster and the effects it is having on not just the environment but also ...
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Chevron Fined Close to $1 Million for Plant Fire

The state of California has fine Chevron nearly $1 million in connection with a 2012 fire at its Richmond, CA refinery; the incident sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas. Smoke ...
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New Hampshire Begins Trial Against Big Oil Companies

The state of New Hampshire has begun its case against two major oil companies over groundwater contamination caused by gasoline additives. Pre-trial conferences are currently in progress and the ...
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West Virginia Gas Explosion Renews Safety Debate

Eighteen years ago, a gas pipeline explosion in Edison, New Jersey injured 29 people and destroyed eight apartment buildings; ever since then, safety proponents have lobbied natural gas companies to ...
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West Delta 32 Fire: Another Confirmed Dead

The body of the missing Filipino worker, who disappeared after the November 16 explosion on the West Delta 32 offshore oil platform, has been recovered. This brings the accident's death toll up to ...
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Death Toll Rises From Black Elk Oil Rig Explosion

Last week on November 16, the Black Elk Energy Rig had a major explosion that killed one man immediately and left 12 others with minor to severe injuries, and one is still missing. Avelino Tajonera, ...
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West Delta 32 Fire Called "Very Serious" by Experts

In recent reports, investigators have called the explosion that riddled a Black Elk Energy oil platform on Friday, November 16 "very serious." This incident is now being referred to as the ...
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Body of Filipino Worker Found: Black Elk Energy Oil Rig Explosion

The body of a Filipino man was found Saturday night in the Gulf of Mexico waters near the Black Elk Energy oil rig platform that suffered from an explosion on Friday. The body was found in about 30 ...
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Fire on Oil Rig Kills 2, Injures 11, More Believed Missing

VENICE, La.— This morning at approximately 9am Central Time, a fire broke out on board a Black Elk Energy oil rig. The rig, a production platform, was southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. While ...
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North Dakota Oil Explosion Claims One Life

A Utah native was recently working on an oil rig in North Dakota when the horrific happened. Jeffery Kinkaid died after he could not recover from injuries that he incurred after an explosion at an oil ...
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Nigeria Rig Fire to Burn for at Least 30 More Days

The Nigeria fire that began in the middle of January continues to burn and Radio Nigeria has reported that the Chevron corporation has no intention of putting the blaze to rest sooner than 30 days ...
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As Offshore Well Continues to Burn, Chevron Makes Plans to Seal It

After the now infamous K.S. Endeavor jack-up rig explosion which occurred last week offshore of Nigeria, plans are being made to seal a natural gas exploration well that continues to burn. The Chevron ...
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Over 200 Workers Rescued from Burning Platform

Fire struck on Monday, January 16, 2012 when a turbocharger exploded in the Ku Maloob Zaap field. A total of 213 workers were rescued from the burning KU-S platform by Petroleos Mexicanos (Permex). As ...
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Burning Continues, Chevron Seeks Drill Relief Well

By now, many have heard of the oil rig disaster that struck offshore Nigeria on January 16, 2012. Since Chevron's KS Endeavor jack-up rig catching fire on Monday, the entire operation has been ...
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Nigeria Jack-Up Fire Continues to Wreak Havoc

It was only yesterday that Chevron's KS Endeavor jack-up rig caught fire offshore in Nigeria. Now, before anyone has even had time to recoup from the tragedy, it is being met with additional news ...
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Chevron Oil Rig Erupts in Flames Off Nigerian Coast

While operating approximately 6 miles off the Nigerian coast, an oil rig owned by Chevron Nigeria Ltd and operated by drilling contractor FODE Drilling Co. suddenly exploded. This occurred early in ...
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