GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The pilot guiding a freighter into the foggy Houston Ship Channel when it crashed into an oil-filled barge earlier this year says he did not see the barge until it was too late to avoid a collision.
The tugboat captain said earlier Tuesday at a federal hearing investigating the accident that the larger vessel increased its speed and she couldn't maneuver quickly to avoid the crash.
The pilot says he needed the speed to navigate strong currents.
There are problems with industry reports claiming that existing safety standards are enough to regulate Bakken crude being shipped by rail, officials and lawmakers, including Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday, Reuters reports.
TransCanada may have taken issue with an AP report that linked new mandates to welding problems on the southern leg of its Keystone pipeline, but the company is promising to implement a number of additional measures in response to a third party engineering analysis of pipeline safety risks, E&E reports.
Oil Change International, which backs reduced fossil fuel use, has released an interactive map of oil train movements across the U.S., just over a month away from the anniversary of a deadly derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, FuelFix reports.
The secrecy surrounding the shipment of oil on U.S. railroads, beginning to be lifted only slowly next month, creates enormous challenges for fire departments and other emergency responders across the country, The Wall Street Journal reports.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The godfather of North Dakota's present oil bonanza predicted the state's crude production will double to 2 million barrels daily by decade's end but warned industry officials Thursday that future safety missteps would threaten that.
"We can't have any more issues," Harold Hamm, the chairman of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources Inc., told expo-goers at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. "It has to be done in an absolute safe manner. It's going to take all of us."
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. oil industry pushed back Tuesday against tougher rules for rail cars carrying crude following a string of fiery accidents, asserting in a new report that oil from the Northern Plains is no more dangerous than some other cargoes.
But the results of the industry-funded study differ from the stance of the federal government, which issued a safety alert in January warning the public, emergency responders and shippers about the potential high volatility of crude from the Bakken oil patch.
In the wake of last year's disastrous derailment in Lac Megantic, railway operators in Canada would like to see a change in the country’s liability rules. They currently are obliged to move customers’ cargo, including crude oil, but also have to take all responsibility if something goes wrong, The Canadian Press reports.
In an abrupt move, Scott O’Malia, a Republican on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has tendered his resignation to President Obama effective Aug. 8, after spending more than four years as a CFTC regulator, Platts reports.
The replacement for the departing Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe at EPA could come from the ranks of the agency’s regional administrators, according to E&E, with enforcement chief Cynthia Giles another possibility.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was talking about infrastructure challenges in the age of drilling in the Bakken and Marcellus Shale, while he was being questioned about the role of renewable and sustainable energy over the long term, during a session at Carnegie Mellon University Monday that was linked to the Obama administration's Quadrennial Energy Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Apache should stick to drilling in the U.S. and sell off its international operations, as it’s lagging behind companies that operate exclusively in American shale, according to a letter sent Monday by activist investor and hedge fund Jana Partners LLC, which owns at least a billion dollar stake in the company, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An experiment in carbon capture technology at a Saskatchewan power plant will have to be replicated many times if the fight to rein in greenhouse gas emissions is to gain any traction, The New York Times reports.
An analysis by the group Media Matters found more air time on Sunday talk shows was devoted to climate change issues during the first half of this year than in the last four combined, The Hill reports.
Conservationdrones.org is working to boost the use of the small unmanned craft for conservation purposes around the world, from monitoring illegal fishing in Belize to keeping track of seabird populations in Australia to studying caribou in Greenland, The New York Times reports.