West Virginia train derails: Fires, oil tanker into river

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — Fires burned for nearly nine hours after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm in West Virginia, plunging at least one tanker into a river while sending a fireball into the sky, authorities and residents say.

Officials evacuated hundreds of families and shut down two water treatment plants threatened by oil seeping into the river following the Monday afternoon derailment. A state public safety division spokesman, Lawrence Messina, said fire crews decided to let the tanks burn themselves out.


Train derails in West Virginia, oil tanker plunges into river

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one into the Kanawha River, igniting at least 14 tankers and sparking a house fire, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Nearby residents were told to evacuate as a state emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene about 30 miles southeast of Charleston.


Death toll of explosion on Brazilian oil ship rises to 5

SAO PAULO (AP) — Two bodies were found inside an oil ship that exploded off Brazil's coast, increasing the death toll to five, the oil workers union said Thursday.

The Oil Workers Union of the state of Espirito Santo, where Wednesday's explosion took place, said rescue teams are searching for four who remain missing. It said 10 workers were injured in the blast.


Explosion on Brazil oil ship; Union says 3 deaths

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An explosion on a ship leased by state-run oil company Petrobras left three workers dead and another six missing on Wednesday, according to Brazil's biggest oil industry union.

The Health Ministry for the state of Espirito Santo, where the explosion took place, said in an emailed statement that so far 10 workers have been treated for injuries — two for "grave burns" and another eight for "trauma."


Rail officials unhappy over DOT delay on tank car rule


The Jan. 30 date by which the Department of Transportation had promised to send its new oil tank car regulations to the White House for review has come and gone, with a spokesman now telling Platts the move should happen “soon.”


Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline — a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this month.

The Montana pipeline breach temporarily fouled a city's water supply and emerged as the latest in a string of spills to highlight ongoing problems with maintenance of the nation's 61,000 miles of crude oil pipelines.

Sunbeam recalls Holmes space heaters that can spray hot oil

NEW YORK (AP) — Sunbeam is recalling about 34,000 Holmes-branded space heaters because they can spray hot oil and possibly cause household damage or injuries.

The plug-in heater is filled with oil. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Sunbeam received about 40 reports of hot oil spraying out and causing property damage. There were no reports of injuries.


Okla. Supreme Court takes on quake case

Tulsa World

The Oklahoma Supreme Court will decide how lawsuits related to earthquakes should be handled, agreeing to take on an appeal from Sandra Lada, who says she was injured in 2011 in a quake she blames on two oil companies operating disposal wells, the Tulsa World reports.


Safety culture, emergency response problems at Chevron 2012 fire: CSB

San Jose Mercury News

A draft final report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board into the fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond more than two years ago –- to be presented at a public meeting next week -- blames problems with regulations, the company’s safety culture and also its emergency response crews, the San Jose Mercury News reports.


Van slams into tanker truck in South Texas, killing 5 men

ASHERTON, Texas (AP) — A van slammed into a toppled tanker truck carrying oil, killing five men in a fiery crash Thursday on a South Texas highway, officials said.

The tanker truck had rolled onto its side about 7 a.m. after it struck a pickup that had slowed on U.S. 83 near Asherton, about 115 miles south of San Antonio, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The van carrying the five men then struck the truck's tank, as did another vehicle, said DPS Trooper Maria Loredo. Both the van and the other vehicle burst into flames.


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