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California refinery unit down with problems before blast

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A California oil refinery unit that was damaged by an explosion was already offline for unplanned maintenance when the fire occurred, industry analysts said Thursday.

The so-called fluid catalytic cracker unit refines gasoline and is critical to producing California-grade fuel.

Oil

Feds: Speed doesn't appear to be factor in oil train crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia, a federal transportation official said Thursday.

The CSX train was going 33 mph at the time of Monday's crash in the town of Mount Carbon. The speed limit was 50 mph, said Federal Railroad Administration acting administrator Sarah Feinberg.

Oil

California refinery unit down for maintenance before fire

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California oil refinery unit that was damaged by an explosion was already offline for unplanned maintenance when the fire occurred, industry analysts said Thursday.

The so-called fluid catalytic cracker unit refines gasoline and is critical to producing California-grade fuel. It was down for two days after problems with a recently repaired component within it when another component exploded, the Oil Price Information Service, which tracks the oil industry, said Thursday. The blast caused a fire that shook the neighborhood on Wednesday and rained debris and ash on nearby lawns. Four contractors were taken to the hospital for evaluation for minor injuries.

Oil

Explosion rocks Southern California oil refinery

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — An explosion and fire tore through part of a Southern California oil refinery, shattering both a four-story structure and the peace of people whose nearby homes shook from the blast.

Wednesday's blast occurred in a recently installed processing facility, Fire Department spokesman Steve Deuel said. Four contractors suffered minor injuries.

Oil

Fire smolders a 3rd day from W.Va. oil train derailment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A fire triggered by the derailment of a train carrying crude oil is smoldering for a third day in southern West Virginia.

State public safety division spokesman Larry Messina said Wednesday that the fire was 85 percent contained.

Oil

Blast devastates refinery, sends ash raining down on area

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — An explosion devastated part of a major refinery on Wednesday morning, raining down ash in the area and, experts say, likely helping to increase California gas prices, which have been creeping up in recent weeks.

A huge smokestack flare — in which workers were burning off flammable product after the explosion — could be seen for miles around. Four contractors suffered minor injuries as workers fled the site of the blast, according to ExxonMobil, which owns the refinery.

Oil

W.Va. oil train derailment was 1 of 3 with safer tank cars

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be prohibitively costly.

Hundreds of families were evacuated and nearby water treatment plants were temporarily shut down after cars derailed from a train carrying 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude Monday, shooting fireballs into the sky, leaking oil into a Kanawha River tributary and burning down a house nearby. It was snowing at the time, but it is not yet clear if weather was a factor.

Oil

Oil train with safety upgrades derails and explodes in W.Va.

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — Fires were still burning more than a day after an oil train carrying more than 3 million gallons of crude derailed in a snowstorm, shooting fireballs into the sky and leaking oil into a West Virginia waterway.

Hundreds of families were evacuated and two water treatment plants were temporarily shut down after 19 of the tanker cars left the tracks and caught fire, burning a nearby house down to its foundation.

Oil

Oil trains: More robust tank cars not enough

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FuelFix

Monday’s fiery West Virginia derailment -- which involved newer model tank cars – has given ammunition to those who say further steps are needed to ensure oil train safety, including better track maintenance and automated braking systems, FuelFix reports.

Oil

Cleanup after Ontario derailment continuing

Source: 
CBC News

Crews were battling fire and frigid temperatures Monday as they worked to clean up after a weekend Canadian National Railway oil train derailment in remote Ontario, CBC News reports.

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