Oklahoma quakes prompt Cushing concerns

The New York Times

Fresh worries have surfaced about the safety of the major oil storage hub at Cushing after a sharp earthquake nearby last Saturday, The New York Times reports.


Lawyer for victims' kin vows to sue railroad over derailment

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A lawyer for relatives of most of the 47 people killed in an oil train derailment in Canada described a Canadian railroad's refusal to contribute to a settlement fund as "reprehensible" and vowed to pursue a lawsuit.

Canadian Pacific contends it bears no responsibility for the fiery disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec, in 2013 and puts the blame squarely on the railroad whose runaway train derailed.


Shell: Militants attack Nigerian flow station, kill guard

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Shell Nigeria says armed militants attacked an oil flow station in the southern Delta and killed a guard, amid fears of a renewed crisis as the country grapples with halved petroleum prices.

Militant demands have been increasing and range from regional autonomy to a bigger share of the oil wealth that has polluted the Niger Delta region and destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers and fishermen.

Judge gives final approval for $338M oil train settlement

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a $338 million settlement fund for victims of the fiery 2013 oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec, clearing the way for payments to victims by year's end.

Judge Peter Cary announced his approval after Canadian Pacific dropped its objection to the settlement plan and after a Canadian judge gave conditional approval Thursday. He praised attorneys for working together to get a substantial settlement in place as quickly as possible.

Officials: Broken rail caused West Virginia train derailment

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — A fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia last February resulted from a broken rail that started with a crack that should have been detected but was missed in two inspections, federal investigators said Friday.

A CSX train was carrying 3 million gallons of Bakken crude when it derailed Feb. 16 during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon. Twenty-seven of the train's 109 cars derailed. Twenty cars leaked crude oil.


Compensation closer for deadly Lac Megantic derailment

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Canadian railroad's withdrawal of opposition to a $338 million fund for victims of an oil train derailment that killed 47 people in Quebec has set the stage for final approval and compensation for victims.

A U.S. bankruptcy trustee and Canadian Pacific agreed to modify the settlement fund to give the railroad some legal protection, prompting the railroad's decision to end its objections. A Canadian judge gave conditional approval on Thursday, and a U.S. bankruptcy judge is to consider the plan Friday.


$338M fund in deadly oil train derailment close to approval

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Canadian railroad is withdrawing its objection to a $338 million fund for victims of an oil train derailment that killed 47 people in a small town in Quebec, removing the final obstacle to the settlement's final approval.

A Canadian judge gave conditional approval Thursday to changes to the settlement agreement that grant some legal protections to Canadian Pacific, allowing it to lift its objection.


Runaway NY oil tanker tips, spills 100 gallons; no injuries

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — A fire official says a runaway oil tanker truck has crashed into the side of an apartment building, tipped on its side and spilled 100 gallons of oil in suburban New York.

Yonkers Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Ford says nobody was injured in the mishap Monday.


Judge poised to sign off on oil train disaster settlement

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is poised for final approval, but payments could be held up by a legal challenge from one of that country's largest railways.

Canadian Pacific, which opposes the settlement fund, declined to contribute because it contends others were responsible for the tragedy.


Change-of-plea hearing set Oct. 20 in deadly platform fire

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Criminal charges filed recently against a Houston company over a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers appear headed for resolution.

Neither federal prosecutors nor defense lawyers for Black Elk Energy Operations would comment Friday on whether plea talks are underway. But a federal judge Thursday set three proceedings for the morning of Oct. 20: an initial appearance, an arraignment and then a re-arraignment listed on the docket as a change-of-plea hearing.


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