Several railroads being required to turn over details of their oil train shipments are asking states to keep the information secret, but The Associated Press reports that six have declined: Wisconsin, Montana, Illinois, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rolling classroom on rails, complete with four tanker cars and a flatbed rigged with a variety of valves and fittings, made a whistle stop Thursday at the Port of Albany as part of a multi-state tour providing enhanced safety training to first responders in light of increased shipments of North Dakota crude oil.
The railroad is conducting a three-day training program at Albany's Hudson River port before taking its Safety Train to other cities along a route through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The key last-ditch safety device that failed to prevent the 2010 BP oil spill remains a potentially catastrophic problem today for some offshore drilling, according to a federal safety board investigation.
The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board details the multiple failures and improper testing of the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations for the breakdown. They found faulty wiring, a dead battery and a bent pipe in the hulking device.
"The problems with this blowout preventer were worse than we understood," safety board managing director Daniel Horowitz said in an interview. "And there are still hazards out there that need to be improved if we are to prevent this from happening again."
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal investigative board concludes that the last-ditch safety device that didn't stop the 2010 BP oil spill had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.
The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board zeroes in on what went wrong with the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations. And that, they said, led to the dumping of 172 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Investigators have long known that the device failed. But safety board managing director Daniel Horowitz says the problems were worse than officials had figured and are potentially still a problem for some active rigs now.
The massive blowout preventers use multiple mechanisms to choke off the oil flow.
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.
The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its suggested blending mandate for the long-delayed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard to the Office of Management and Budget without dropping hints about what’s in the proposal, which will now be reviewed by the White House and other federal agencies, and Platts suggests a final decision may not even be made public until after the November election.
Even with Russia sending a convoy of trucks into Ukraine Friday, oil prices continued to decline as there’s been no evidence of any disruption in supply. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery slipped 31 cents to settle at $93.65 a barrel on the Nymex, a drop of 3.9 percent on the week, while in London Brent crude ended 34 cents lower at $102.29, Reuters reports.
The non-profit group Sky Truth has created a global interactive map displaying natural gas flaring – in the U.S. showing concentrated activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shale plays -- while environmental advocate Earthworks has released a report entitled Up in Flames that contains extensive statistics, stating, for example, that flaring in the Bakken increased five-fold between 2010 and 2013, according to National Journal.
Approval for power transmission projects like Gateway West and the TransWest Express is taking the federal government far too long, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority chairman Mike Easley told Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Thursday, The Associated Press reports.
California territory in “severe” drought dropped slightly to 97.5 percent this week due to above normal rainfall in the south, but that hasn’t helped boost low reservoir levels, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lawyers for the Kurdistan Regional Government appeared before U.S. District Judge Gray Miller Friday, asking him to throw out a previous order from a magistrate -- which had been issued at the behest of the Iraqi government -- allowing U.S. marshals to seize any crude unloaded from a tanker that's been anchored off Galveston for weeks, FuelFix reports.
According to filings with the Federal Election Commission this week, NextGen Climate Action Committee took in $8 million in July but $7.5 million of that came from founder Tom Steyer, Politico reports.
The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to LBReport.com.
A burdensome approval process and delays in the city’s Department of Water and Power in getting customers hooked up to the grid is putting a damper on solar power installations in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports.