Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the Texas prairie. As many as 15 people were feared dead and more than 160 others injured.
The ground shook with the strength of a small earthquake when a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded Wednesday evening. Police say the blast killed 5 to 15 people and injured more than 160 others. Here are some images of the aftermath of the explosion.
A New Zealand judge has convicted a coal mining company of nine health and safety violations over a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. Judge Jane Farish on Thursday found Pike River Coal had failed to ensure the safety of its workers.
The Texas fertilizer plant where an explosion injured more than 100 people and killed an unknown number of others was cited for failing to obtain or to qualify for a permit in 2006. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality investigated West Fertilizer after receiving a complaint of a strong ammonia smell.
West, Texas Superintendent Marty Crawford says a school near the Texas fertilizer plant that was leveled by an explosion says it wasn't warned about a controlled fire at the plant in February and evacuated its students to another school as a precaution.
Volunteer firefighters went to fight a fire at a West, Texas fertilizer plant about a half-hour before a massive explosion tore through it and damaged surrounding buildings, according to Mayor Tommy Muska, a volunteer firefighter himself.
Rescue workers searched rubble early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.
Counterfeit products in the pharmaceutical industry pose a severe health risk and cause enormous economic damage. Is the drug needed an original or has it been forged? What path did it take through the distribution chain until it finally reached the pharmacy where it was handed out to the patient?
Officials say a turbo generator at Bulgaria's only nuclear power station has been shut down due to a hydrogen leak in its cooling system but insist there is no danger to the public. A statement Monday from the Kozloduy power plant said the component that was shut down was part of its conventional, non-nuclear unit.
Authorities have identified a worker who was found dead in a hopper at a roofing tile manufacturing plant in west Phoenix. Police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson tells Phoenix television station KPHO that the victim is 30-year-old Jantu Medrano.
Officials with an Arkansas water supplier approved a measure Thursday asking ExxonMobil for a plan to move an oil pipeline away from an area that drains into the main source of drinking water for Little Rock and several other communities.
Some people whose homes were evacuated when an oil pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas could go home as early as Thursday. Authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in Mayflower after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured March 29, spilling thousands of barrels of oil.
An ExxonMobil pipeline that ruptured on March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas has a gash in it that is 22 feet long and 2 inches wide, state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday, calling the rupture "substantially larger than many of us initially thought."
A preliminary ruling from Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff signaled Wednesday that running California's San Onofre nuclear power plant at reduced power would not pose a significant safety risk — a key step toward a possible restart of one of the idled reactors.
Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska are circulating a petition to try to halt the project. The group Bold Nebraska sent out an email Wednesday, urging its supporters to sign an online petition that would ask President Barack Obama to deny federal approval.
A group of nearly 450 organizations ranging from environmental groups to labor organizations to health care providers and other businesses have joined forces to pressuring retailers to drop products containing chemicals that the coalition has deemed unsafe.
A new government report challenges a pillar of planning for disasters at American nuclear power plants, finding that people living beyond the official 10-mile evacuation zone might be so frightened by the prospect of spreading radiation that they would flee of their own accord, clog roads and delay the escape of others.
Recent problems at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant are highlighting its precarious state two years after it was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Regulators say the plant, which relies on makeshift cooling systems for its broken reactors, remains highly vulnerable.
An order for Exxon Mobil to pay $236 million in damages for groundwater contamination in New Hampshire is by far the largest verdict in state history but represents only about two days' worth of profit for the energy company, an industry analyst said.
A BP executive who oversaw the company's Gulf of Mexico operations testified Tuesday that he he led a push to improve safety when he started the job more than two years before an April 2010 rig explosion killed 11 workers and led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
State officials say liquid hydrocarbons that have been seeping into the ground at a western Colorado gas field have affected a larger area than initially believed. Energy workers discovered contaminated soil and groundwater about a month ago near the Williams gas processing facility in Parachute.
The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear power plant says it has detected a fresh leak of radioactive water from one of the facility's storage tanks. TEPCO said Tuesday that the latest leak involves a tank that was being used to take water from one of the two that were leaking.
Federal mining regulators say 2012 had the lowest injury and fatality rates on record. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the number of U.S. mines fell by about 120 last year, but the number of miners working was actually up by about 6,500.
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is sending a team of inspectors to Entergy Corp.'s Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville to review an accident that killed one worker and injured eight others. The accident occurred March 31 when a 550-ton piece of equipment fell as a lifting rig collapsed.
Lawyers for the state of New Hampshire say Exxon Mobil was more interested in its profits and not the environment in adding MTBE to its gasoline. Jurors in New Hampshire's longest running state trial are hearing from both sides as they edge closer to a decision in the groundwater contamination case.