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Category Archives: Oil Spill

BP to Pay $130 Million to Deepwater Horizon Victims

A federal judge recently ruled that BP must pay $130 million in damages to victims of its 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill, which killed 11 rig workers. BP has already paid more than $560 million to claimants since June 2012, and it is thought that the total could be about $1.5 billion…. Read More »

What Should I Do After an Oilfield Accident?

Two men died in separate oilfield accidents in West Texas within the same week recently, bringing attention to Big Spring for all the wrong reasons. The first man was killed when the rig he was working on, which was owned by Heartland Drilling of Abilene, collapsed. The second man was killed when he and other… Read More »

Common Causes of Oilfield Accidents

The fiancé of a man who was fatally electrocuted at a West Texas drilling site filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that employed him and its subcontractor. KeAndre Lamon Ross was electrocuted using a power-washer outside the rig’s generator house when he touched a metal box used to protect the rig’s wiring. Working… Read More »

Outdated Welding Caused Exxon Oil Spill in Mayflower, Arkansas

A recently released report found that the Arkansas oil spill that leaked thousands of barrels of oil in March was caused by an outdated welding process. Exxon Mobil Corp.’s pipeline had cracks that ruptured near Mayflower, sending about 5,000 barrels of oil into the neighborhood. The pipeline was built in the 1940s, but the report… Read More »

South Texas Oil and Gas Companies’ Safety Violations Result in Workers’ Deaths

Julio Barrera, a 25-year-old father with another baby on the way, noticed the derrick tower he was supposed to climb for work was moving, but he was told he would be fired if he didn’t go up. The tower swayed and fell to the ground, crushing and killing him. His widow sued the company that… Read More »

Which Method is Safest? We May Not Know

President Obama’s decision regarding the Keystone XL pipeline, which transports oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, may have substantial effects on the industry. The debate over a safe alternative remains heated. Transporting oil through pipelines may actually be safer than other methods. Leaking railcar equipment often leads to a higher accident rate than… Read More »

Oil Spills Are More Common Than You May Think

Everyone notices an oil spill as big as BP’s Deepwater Horizon. But oil-related accidents occur much more often than the public may be aware of, with oil seeping into the ground and sometimes contaminating the water table. Three oil spills were reported recently in one week — all were part of the Keystone Pipeline System… Read More »

Arkansas Oil Spill Not Deadly, Yet

Long-term effects of oil spills remain uncertain, with studies working to provide some answers to the exact health hazards such toxic accidents cause. The recent ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline spill in Arkansas may provide more research after it dumped thousands of barrels of crude oil into residential streets and backyards. While no initial injuries or deaths… Read More »

Massive Minnesota Oil Spill Raises Questions about Safety of Transporting Oil by Rail

As oil exports from Canada to the United States expand, so do the risks associated with rail transport.  Early in the morning of March 27, 2013, a mile-long Canadian Pacific train hauling Canadian crude oil went into emergency braking mode outside the small town of Parker Prairie, Minnesota. Fourteen freight and tanker cars derailed. Three… Read More »

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