Environment & Safety

S.Korea's Hanwha Total says naphtha cracker shut after lightning strike

SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea's Hanwha Total said on Monday its naphtha cracker in Daesan has been shut due to power outages caused by a lightning strike.

US court gives environmental regulator 14-day extension on methane rule

NEW YORK (Reuters) — A US court on Thursday gave the US Environmental Protection Agency 14 extra days to comply with a July 3 order requiring the EPA to enforce rules on methane leaks in oil and gas equipment, which the agency had sought to freeze, a filing showed.

Magellan Midstream Partners pipeline ruptures in Texas

HOUSTON (Reuters) — A Magellan Midstream Partners oil pipeline leaked some 1,200 bbl of crude on Thursday, triggering the evacuation of nearby homes while cleanup operations were underway, the company said in a statement.

Exxon fined over explosion at La. oil refinery that injured four workers

HOUSTON (Reuters) — Exxon Mobil Corp has been fined about $165,000 by US regulators for safety lapses including inadequate training and equipment maintenance over an explosion that injured four workers at an aging Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery last year.

Pipelines secured as wildfires rage in western Canada

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) — Major pipeline companies in western Canada created fire breaks, installed sprinklers and took other measures to protect operations as raging wildfires spread to more than 93,000 acres in British Columbia.

AER issues order to Journey Energy following two crude oil emulsion spills

CALGARY, Alberta — The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has issued an order to Journey Energy Inc. (Journey) in response to two releases of an unknown amount of crude oil emulsion near Winfield, Alberta that was originally reported to the AER on June 28.

Train derailment spills 20,000 gal of Exxon's oil in Illinois

(Reuters) — About 20,000 gal of crude oil belonging to ExxonMobil Corp was released after a Canadian National Railway Co freight train derailed on Friday at Plainfield, Illinois.

Tanker and cargo ship collide in Channel, no injuries, spills reported

LILLE, France (Reuters) — An oil tanker and a cargo ship collided in the Channel east of the British port of Dover early on Saturday, but no injuries or pollution were reported, regional French maritime authorities said.

Could your facility benefit from a marine terminal assessment?

Blundell, R., Carmagen Engineering, Inc.

How sure would a terminal manager at a distribution terminal, or a line manager at a refinery or a chemical plant that has marine loading and unloading docks, be that those docks are being operated at a level that ensures long-term safe performance?

EPA awards $1-MM grant for petroleum contamination in Mississippi

ATLANTA – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1,094,000 grant to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to assist the state in cleaning up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks throughout the state.