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US Court rules in favour of tribes over oil-spill response plan for Dakota Access Pipeline 05 December 2017

On December 4, a federal judge ordered pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners LP to coordinate with local tribes and the Army Corps of Engineers to create an oil-spill response plan for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP) by next April. The 1,170-mile (1,900-km) North Dakota-to-Illinois pipeline has been in operation since June....

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Major oil leak reported from Keystone pipeline in South Dakota - Updated 17 November 2017

TransCanada Corp’s Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 5,000 barrels (818,000 litres) of oil in north-eastern South Dakota, the company said on November 16. The pipeline was shut down and emergency response procedures were activated after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. ...

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Fire injures two on Shell platform in Gulf of Mexico 09 November 2017

Two people were injured after a fire broke out on Shell's Enchilada platform in the US Gulf of Mexico early on the morning of November 8, according to a joint report by the US Coast Guard (USCG) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). According to Shell, the incident involved a fire associated with a 30in gas export pipeline....

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ADIPEC 2017 Expected to See Increased Business for Offshore & Marine Services 06 November 2017

The Offshore and Marine industry is expected to see increased business at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), with analysts predicting modest increases in spending for maintenance and production in the oil sector, and significant investment expected for new offshore natural gas projects in the Eastern Mediterranean....

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After BP leak report, state calls for review of all Alaska North Slope wells 31 October 2017

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (ADEC) is ordering all wells on the North Slope that have a similar design to a BP well that failed to be shut in immediately and reported to the state. The emergency order comes after BP blamed an April oil spill and gas leak on a well casing that buckled under pressure from thawing permafrost. ...

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Seven killed in Iranian refinery fire 30 October 2017

The death toll from a fire at Tehran Oil Refinery rose to seven after one of those injured in the incident died in hospital, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency. The fire, which broke out on October 27 was initially reported to have killed six people and critically injured two. One of the latter succumbed to his injuries on October 28. ...

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US study finds power from coal up to 100 times more toxic than shale gas 26 October 2017

The lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from electricity generated with natural gas obtained via fracking, according to a new University of Michigan study. In their lifecycle impact assessment, the researchers used Pennsylvania as the point of origin for both shale gas and coal, since both are abundant in the state....

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Coast Guard suspends search for missing persons after oil barge explosion off Texas 24 October 2017

The US Coast Guard said on October 22 it had suspended its search for two crew members who vanished two days earlier after a barge exploded and began leaking oil off Port Aransas, near Corpus Christi. The pair disappeared after the forward section of the barge caught fire and exploded about three miles off the coast in the early hours of the morning. ...

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Gulf of Mexico oil spill now exceeds 672,000 gallons, Coast Guard says 24 October 2017

The US Coast Guard has nearly doubled its initial estimate of the amount of oil that seeped from a pipeline off the coast of Louisiana into the Gulf of Mexico. The leak was first announced on October 13 from a damaged pipeline operated by LLOG Exploration some 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. ...

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Investigation shows BP Alaska facing abnormal number of accidents and leaks 23 October 2017

An investigation published on October 20 by Buzzfeed News revealed BP Alaska has suffered a number of safety incidents on the North Slope this year, some of which put workers at risk. The report claims that BP recorded 27 worker incidents in Alaska as of September 12 and managers were so concerned they stopped work completely in many business units over the first 12 days of October....

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