ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A gasoline station in Ghana's capital blew up while many people were sheltering there from a torrential rainfall and flooding, killing at least 73 people and leaving a gruesome scene with charred bodies and neighboring buildings set alight, authorities said Thursday.
Billy Anaglate, a spokesman for Ghana Fire Service, said crews were recovering bodies early Thursday at the scene.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A runaway oil tanker truck exploded in a crowded bus station in the south of the country, setting ablaze 12 buses carrying passengers and killing 69 people, Nigeria's Red Cross and police said Monday.
Red Cross chairman Peter Emeka Kathy said about 30 other victims have been hospitalized with severe burns. He said the truck was barreling down the hill when the brakes failed and it ploughed into the bus station at Onitsha, the state capital, before exploding.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters.
A National Transportation Safety Board report issued Thursday said the probable cause of the grounding of the company's mobile drilling vessel, the Kulluk, in 2012 was "Shell's inadequate assessment of the risk for its planned tow" across the Gulf of Alaska.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fire that burned for more than a day on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast was extinguished early Saturday, the Coast Guard said.
The fire was on a platform in Breton Sound near environmentally delicate barrier islands off the state's southeast coast. It was reported out around 6 a.m. after firefighting crews boarded the platform, Petty Officer Carlos Vega said.
An oil industry association says it will do its best to spread the word about the danger posed to workers opening crude oil production tanks, after federal officials urged the use of respiratory protection and remote access to storage tanks to avoid deadly hydrocarbon fumes, The Denver Post reports.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following a string of fiery derailments in recent years.
The American Petroleum Institute petition to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., would set aside a requirement for improvements to railroad tank cars that are known to fail during accidents.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway resumed shipments Friday along a track in North Dakota two days after an oil train derailed and caught fire, and cleanup continued on an undetermined amount of crude that was spilled.
The mainline through the town of Heimdal reopened after six derailed tank cars were removed and a section of track that was damaged during the accident was repaired and inspected, BNSF Vice President Mike Trevino said.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A shipment of oil involved in an explosive train derailment in North Dakota had been treated to reduce its volatility, a company official said Thursday.
Hess Corporation spokesman John Roper said the company's oil complied with a state law that requires propane, butane and other volatile gases to be stripped out of crude before it can be transported. That conditioning process lowers the vapor pressure of the oil to reduce the chance of an ignition during a crash.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A train that derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude from the state's oil patch, but it wasn't immediately known whether it had been treated under new state rules aimed at reducing the volatility of oil from the region.
The BNSF Railway train was hauling Bakken oil loaded in the Tioga area, said Jeff Zent, spokesman for Gov. Jack Dalrymple. He did not know the history of the crude.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan -– the final version of which could be made public as early as Monday -– will give states more time to comply with carbon reduction goals, people familiar with the matter have told The New York Times.
Studies from the Southwest Power Pool and the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy both suggest that states would be better off banding together to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting power plant carbon emissions, Platts reports.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has instructed the state Department of Ecology to be more aggressive about enforcing pollution laws, in an attempt to impose a carbon emissions cap through executive action, The Seattle Times reports.
Data indicating OPEC produced about 3 million barrels per day more than demand in the second quarter helped to drag oil prices lower early Wednesday, Reuters reports. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 20 cents on the Nymex to $47.78 a barrel, while in London Brent fell 22 cents to $53.08.
Low oil and gas prices hit the balance sheet for Range Resources Corp. in the second quarter, as the Texas-based driller reported a $119 million loss, compared to a profit of $171 million a year earlier, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The profit for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in the second quarter dropped to $61 million, or 1 cent per share after adjustments, but analysts had been predicting a loss for the company, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Expect increasing production but no new well drilling from Consol Energy over the next 18 months, the company announced after reporting a loss of $603 million in the second quarter, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Brazilian police have arrested Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva, who prosecutors allege accepted more than $1.3 million in bribes as head of Electronuclear, a company that runs two power plants, The New York Times reports.