The $345 million compensation fund being set up to pay those who’ve suffered from the 2013 oil train disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec received contributions from major oil companies including Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Marathon Oil Corp. and ConocoPhillips, The Wall Street Journal reports.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The compensation fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has grown to $345 million with a contribution from the company that owned the shipment.
World Fuel Services Corp., which was accused in a lawsuit of downplaying the volatility of the crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region, agreed to contribute $110 million to the settlement fund, leaving Canadian Pacific Railroad as the only company with potential liability that has declined to contribute.
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — At least 200 people died in the explosion at a gas station last week in Ghana, the emergency services department announced as many people were still searching for missing relatives on Monday.
Flooding from torrential rains caused the fuel depot at a gas station to catch fire, killing those who had taken shelter there on Wednesday as well as many in the surrounding neighborhood. The disaster spotlighted shortcomings in the capital's infrastructure.
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.
Major oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell and BP have joined environmental groups in backing carbon tax proposals, but their motivation lies in the boost such plans would give to their natural gas business, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A federal judge ruled Monday that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. must pay $159.5 million in fines for its share in the Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, less than the amount the government was seeking and a fraction of what BP has had to pay, FuelFix reports.
As the permitting process gets underway for Northshore Mining Company’s requested expansion of a taconite mine in northeastern Minnesota, Native American tribes and environmentalists are concerned about the lack of limits for the levels of metals in water leaving the area, MinnPost reports.
The Alberta Securities Commission has ruled that Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. shareholders have until Jan. 4 to decide on a hostile takeover bid from Suncor Energy Inc., a month later than the deadline that Suncor had tried to impose, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that since 1993, sea levels have been rising an average of 3.2 millimeters a year, nearly twice the rate seen during the 20th century, The New York Times reports.
A paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change identified 164 organizations and 4,556 individuals affiliated with them as the primary drivers of doubt in the U.S. over climate science, Bloomberg reports.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul has included in his regularly issued “Waste Report” a grant of $450,000 from the Department of Energy for a video game designed to make students more aware of the effects of climate change, The Hill reports.