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Canada says 2,900 rail cars not fit to carry oil, chemicals

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Documents presented in Canada’s parliament last week revealed that nearly 2,900 rail cars were determined to be too risky to transport hazardous materials like oil and chemicals in the country, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Oil

Lawsuit tries to block DOT-111s from carrying crude

Source: 
FuelFix

Earthjustice says it has filed a lawsuit in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Sierra Club and ForestEthics, demanding that the Department of Transportation immediately move to block older DOT-111 rail cars from carrying crude, FuelFix reports.

Oil

Chile: ENAP refinery fire injures 2 workers

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A fire at a refinery owned by Chile's state oil company ENAP has injured two workers.

Local television stations aired images of a towering plume of smoke billowing over the port city of Concon. But ENAP says the Tuesday morning blaze at a unit of the Aconcagua refinery is now under control.

Oil

Gulf platform blast killed 24-year-old family man

Source: 
FuelFix

Jerrel Hancock, 24, was the man who died in Thursday’s blast in the Gulf of Mexico, according to officials in Louisiana, in an explosion that took place when he and other employees of Turnkey Cleaning Services were working on a heater-treater on a platform operated by Fieldwood Energy, FuelFix reports.

Oil

Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday.

Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion, which was reported just before 3 p.m. Thursday. The company said the three injured workers have been released from the hospital.

Oil

Iraqi forces drive IS from refinery town of Beiji

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi government forces on Friday drove Islamic State militants out from their remaining strongholds inside the oil refinery town of Beiji, two security official said, in a key victory over the terror group that has captured much of northern and western Iraq in a stunning summer offensive.

The Iraqi troops, backed by allied Sunni militiamen, also lifted the Islamic State group's siege of the oil refinery, Iraq's largest, and hoisted Iraq's red, white and black flags atop the sprawling complex hosting the facility.

Oil

Judge sticks to BP gross negligence ruling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP's conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to "gross negligence."

It could mean close to $18 billion in federal penalties for the oil giant.

Oil

ND mulls rules to make crude safer for shipment

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's top energy industry regulator unveiled new rules Thursday that would require companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's shipped by rail.

State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms told the state Industrial Commission that all crude from North Dakota's oil patch would have to be treated to remove certain liquids and gases to "ensure it's in a stable state" before being loaded onto rail cars.

Oil

Canadian officials, industry warn regulators of understated Bakken crude risks

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Canadian and oil industry officials have warned the North Dakota Industrial Commission not to understate the risks of shipping Bakken crude by rail as the agency prepares to rule on whether or not producers must strip the oil of volatile gases ahead of shipping, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Oil

Iraqi forces retake most of strategic oil town

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured most of the town of Beiji, home to the country's largest oil refinery, state television and a provincial governor said Tuesday.

The strategic town, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, will likely be a base for a future push to take back Saddam Hussein's hometown just to the south, one of the main prizes overrun by the extremists last summer. But troops backed by Shiite militias faced pockets of stiff resistance around Beiji, hindering their advance.

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