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.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An oil train derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in a rural area of central North Dakota, prompting the evacuation of a nearby town where about three dozen people live.
No injuries were reported in the accident, which happened near Heimdal, about 115 miles northeast of Bismarck. The residents who left were staying with family and friends, Wells County Emergency Manager Tammy Roehrich said.
Ten tanker cars on the BNSF Railway train caught fire, creating thick black smoke, state Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said.
"The engine and cars that aren't burning have been decoupled and moved to safety," she said.
Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline touted its potential economic benefits, while opponents raised concerns about its environmental impact during a hearing Monday night held by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, The Associated Press reports.
Citing the heavy workload generated by the swarm of earthquakes shaking Oklahoma in recent years, the state’s chief seismologist Austin Holland says he’s leaving to take a new job with the U.S. Geological Survey in New Mexico, The Oklahoman reports.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is warning that some of the worst conditions seen over the past ten years – caused by wildfires burning in Canada and Alaska – is making the air “unhealthy for everyone,” the StarTribune reports.
HIKO Energy LLC will be repaying 25,000 customers $1.25 million, under a settlement reached with the New York state attorney general, who had charged the company with fraudulent practices, The Journal News reports.
TerraForm Power Inc. is buying from Invenergy Wind LLC a majority stake in a portfolio of seven wind farms across North America for $2 billion, in a series of transactions that will give it 460 megawatts of electricity now and 470 megawatts later, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Moms Clean Air Force is holding a family-friendly demonstration the group is calling a “play-in” Tuesday, to support the Environmental Protection Agency moves to regulate methane emissions, The Hill reports.
Sandia Corp. is alleged to have used federal funds to plan a campaign to lobby Washington to extend its contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories, according to an Energy Department Inspector General report obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.