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BP Alleges Fraud in Gulf Spill Payouts

August 7, 2013 9:47 am | by Yahoo! Business | Videos | Comments

BP has announced it has found evidence of fraudulent claims in the program set up to manage claims associated with the massive oil spill that resulted from the explosion of the company's Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010. The company was fined $29 million and ordered to repay losses seen by business owners impacted by the spill.

Crews Work to Clear Derailed Train in Louisiana

August 6, 2013 10:17 am | News | Comments

Crews began replacing about 1,800 feet of track on Monday around the site of a derailed train that leaked a corrosive chemical and forced the evacuation of about 100 south Louisiana homes. The Union Pacific train went off the tracks Sunday near Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.

Calif. Examines Firm Behind Dangerous Demolition

August 6, 2013 10:15 am | News | Comments

State officials are investigating whether the company that handled the demolition of a Central California power plant broke any regulations. Five spectators were injured when pieces of shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 during the plant's demolition in Bakersfield.

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BP Cites New Fraud Allegations in Spill Settlement

August 6, 2013 10:12 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP said Monday that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents for damage from the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Radioactive Water Threatens Overflow at Failed Fukushima Nuclear Plant

August 6, 2013 10:11 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant says it is struggling to stop contaminated underground water from leaking into the sea. The company said some of the water is seeping over or around an underground barrier it created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidified into a wall.

NZ Milk Scare Dents China Belief in Foreign Brands

August 6, 2013 10:05 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A botulism scare has soured China's taste for New Zealand milk powder that amassed big sales on a reputation for purity, but consumers even more wary of their own country's dairy industry likely won't eschew the foreign product for long.

Cleanup Underway at Derailment Site in Louisiana

August 5, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

About 100 homes remained evacuated Monday as officials worked to clean up the site of a 26-car train derailment near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge. One damaged car was carrying the extremely flammable vinyl chloride.

Ala. Nuclear Plant Ends Alert Over CO2 Leak

August 5, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

A carbon dioxide leak prompted an Alabama nuclear plant to declare a five-hour alert on Saturday, though federal authorities said the incident did not threaten the public. The carbon dioxide leak was detected around 5:20 a.m. The utility ended the alert at 11:10 a.m.

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Energy Giant Slammed for Oil Spill in Thai Sea

August 1, 2013 10:42 am | News | Comments

Critics on Thursday slammed Thailand's state-owned oil and gas company for its allegedly inefficient response to an oil spill that polluted a popular tourist island, as cleanup operations continued for a sixth day. The incident is the company's fourth major oil spill in Thailand.

Obama Orders Review of Chemical Plant Rules

August 1, 2013 10:36 am | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

President Obama, in an executive order announced Thursday, specifically tasks agencies with examining new ways to safely store and secure ammonium nitrate, the explosive chemical investigators say caused the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.

Official: Nothing Criminal in Propane Explosion

August 1, 2013 10:27 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state investigators trying to determine what caused a series of explosions at a central Florida propane plant said Wednesday they've uncovered nothing that indicates a crime was committed. Investigators have interviewed some workers who were at the plant when a fireball erupted in a lot outside the plant's two warehouses.

Halliburton to Plead Guilty in Gulf Oil Spill

August 1, 2013 10:16 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 19 for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was arraigned Wednesday in New Orleans on a misdemeanor charge.

W. Va. Residents Sue Over 2012 Pipeline Blast

July 31, 2013 3:35 pm | News | Comments

NiSource and a subsidiary are being sued by several residents of Sissonville, W. Va., over a natural gas pipeline explosion. The residents filed seven separate lawsuits against NiSource, Columbia Gas Transmission and several employees connected to the December 2012 rupture.

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U.S. Mine Fatalities Down Slightly from 2012

July 31, 2013 3:32 pm | News | Comments

According to federal mine safety regulators with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, 18 miners miners have been killed on the job nationwide so far this year. That number is down slightly from the 19 fatalities documented through the first half of 2012.

La. Explosives Company Officials Plead Not Guilty

July 31, 2013 3:29 pm | by HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives have pleaded not guilty as part of an investigation into the storage of millions of pounds of military propellant, a discovery that lead to the evacuation of a nearby small town.

Blowout Could Tip Regulator Focus to Shallow-Water

July 31, 2013 3:27 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last week's blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators' focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely. The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore and operated under contract to Walter Gas & Oil, spewed gas July 23 that eventually ignited.

Examining One of History's Deadliest Explosions

July 31, 2013 12:29 pm | by Travel Channel | Videos | Comments

The Travel Channel looks back at the deadliest explosion in U.S. history. One hundred people were killed in the initial explosion of a freighter in Texas City in 1947. When the fire spreads, igniting a nearby vessel, things get much worse.

Industrial Doorway Accident Prompts Air Curtain Installation For Safety

July 31, 2013 12:13 pm | by J.W. Murdoch and Sons | Articles | Comments

After several near-misses culminating with an injurious forklift truck collision involving strip curtains, a Northeast Ohio metal fabricator and manufacturer searched for creative solutions to improve safety, energy efficiency, and productivity at a high traffic ground level material handling doorway.

Chemical Company Increases Routing Efficiency

July 31, 2013 11:53 am | by TankLink | Articles | Comments

When ChemStation, the Ohio-based supplier of environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals, was in its infancy as a company, founder and CEO George Homan recognized an immediate challenge — one that would help determine whether ChemStation would survive those early years so perilous to all new businesses.

EPA: Enbridge Nearly Tripling Oil Spill Dredging

July 31, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Enbridge Inc. will nearly triple the amount of contaminated sediment it dredges in Michigan's Kalamazoo River to clean up after a July 2010 oil pipeline spill, the EPA announced Tuesday. The 30-inch pipeline from Sarnia, Ontario, to Griffith, Ind., spilled in Talmadge Creek, a Kalamazoo River tributary.

North Dakota Oil Patch Company Fined $1.5M

July 31, 2013 10:16 am | News | Comments

After last year's promise of punishment, North Dakota's Industrial Commission on Tuesday levied a record $1.5 million civil fine against an oil and gas company for allegedly endangering a drinking water source for a county in the southwest of the state.

Cause of Fla. Gas Plant Explosion Being Investigated

July 31, 2013 10:10 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER & TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Equipment malfunction and human error are among the possible causes of a series of explosions that spawned a 20-by-20 foot fireball at a central Florida propane plant and left eight injured, authorities said. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith said sabotage was not suspected.

Oil Slick Spreads As Cleanup Continues on Thai Island

July 31, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

An oil spill that has marred a tourist island in the Gulf of Thailand has spread to nearby smaller isles, officials said Wednesday, as authorities raced to clean up the island's once-white sands and clear waters. The black tide of crude oil that washed up in Prao Bay on the west coast of Samet Island on Sunday night has been partly cleaned up.

Explosion Fuels Protests of China Chemical Plants

July 31, 2013 10:02 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tuesday's explosion at a plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene in Zhangzhou city in southeastern Fujian has added to the growing opposition to such plants in China, on the same day a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe.

Gulf Relief Well Drilling Expected to Take Month

July 31, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

Crews are expected this week to begin drilling a relief well at the site of a natural gas well that blew wild off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The work to drill into and then plug the well with mud and cement is expected to take about 35 days.

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