Articles by Liz Hampton

Tropical Storm Cindy Bears Down on Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Cindy churned slowly on Wednesday across the Gulf of Mexico toward an expected landing on the Texas-Louisiana border, after claiming the life of a vacationing child and threatening to bring flash floods from Texas to Florida. The storm …

Weak Safety Standards Caused California Exxon Refinery Blast, Agency Says

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board concluded in a report issued earlier this month that a 2015 explosion at a Torrance, Calif., refinery then owned by Exxon Mobil Corp. could have been prevented. “This explosion and near miss should not have …

Weak Safety Standards Caused California Exxon Refinery Blast, Agency Says

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has concluded that a 2015 explosion at a Torrance, Calif., refinery then owned by Exxon Mobil Corp. could have been prevented, the agency concluded in a report issued on Wednesday. “This explosion and near miss …

Pipeline Owner: North Dakota Crude Spill Larger than First Estimated

A crude oil spill in western North Dakota in December is now believed to be about three times bigger than originally estimated, pipeline owner True Companies said, making it the largest crude leak to affect water in the state in …

U.S. Regulators Order Action to be Taken for North Dakota Oil Spill

U.S. pipeline regulators on Wednesday ordered Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. to improve leak detection, along with other actions, after a Dec. 5 incident that spilled about 4,200 barrels of oil in North Dakota. Of that total, an estimated 3,100 barrels …

Oklahoma Creates Fracking Guidelines with Goal of Reducing Quake Risk

Oklahoma is imposing guidelines to reduce the risk of earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing in its oil-rich shale formations, the first rules in the state to target the controversial production technique. The guidelines are aimed at the South Central Oklahoma …

Cleanup Ongoing after North Dakota Pipeline Oil Spill

Roughly a third of the more than 3,000 barrels of oil that spilled into a North Dakota creek following a pipeline leak last week has been recovered, a local official said. An estimated 4,200 barrels of oil leaked from the …

Ship Hits Wall of Newly Expanded Panama Canal in 3rd Incident in a Month

A Chinese container ship hit a wall of the new lane of the Panama Canal, a Canal Authority official and a local ship agent said on Monday, the third such incident since the expanded waterway opened one month ago amid …