ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — The death toll from a huge gas station explosion and flooding in Ghana's capital has more than doubled to 150 people, the president said Thursday night.
Dozens of people had sought shelter at the gas station and in nearby shops in central Accra to escape the torrential rains at the time of Wednesday night's blast. Flooding swept fuel being stored at the station into a nearby fire, triggering the explosion that also set ablaze neighboring buildings, officials said.
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.
Prosecutor says corruption may have cost Brazil’s Petrobras $5.3 Referring to Petrobras’ April move to write down 6.2 billion reais lost to corruption as just “the tip of the iceberg,” a prosecutor said Friday the cost may exceed 20 billion reais, amounting to $5.3 billion at the current exchange rate, Reuters reports.
According to disclosure forms, FutureGen Industrial Alliance, the group behind a stalled clean coal project in Illinois, has hired former Sen. Mary Landrieu to help get it back on track, The Hill reports.
A planned debate between Republican presidential candidates on energy and environment issues in New Hampshire this week was cancelled after only two agreed to come, and a similar forum for Democrats has been postponed, The Huffington Post reports.
A top Wells Fargo executive on Thursday told a panel in Houston that his bank has lowered its borrowing base for oil companies by an average of about 15 percent because of the drop in crude prices, FuelFix reports. Analysts say the change could mean $15 billion less in capital available to producers.
Oil prices are on track for their biggest weekly gain in six years, rallying again early Friday on expectations that the Federal Reserve will delay raising interest rates. U.S. benchmark crude rose 77 cents to $50.20 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 60 cents to $53.65, Reuters reports.
Under a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, Estes Express Lines will pay a $100,000 fine and spend $290,000 on pollution control equipment for operating its trucks in California without filters required under the state’s stringent regulations, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A revised forecast from the National Weather Service says the El Nino weather pattern in place might help alleviate California’s drought this winter by bringing substantial precipitation, The Sacramento Bee reports.
The fall in oil and gas prices may have deferred the decision by Petronas to move ahead on an LNG export project in British Columbia, but the Malaysian company isn’t giving up on the idea, Reuters reports.
Managers at Mark Group Ltd. – bought by SunEdison in July – have purchased the business back but put it into the British equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, laying off more than 900 employees as they closed down company operations, The Wall Street Journal reports.