Articles by Erwin Seba

Oil Industry Begins Cleaning Up, Restarting Gulf Operations After Hurricane Sally

Storm-tossed U.S. offshore energy producers and exporters began clearing debris on Thursday from Hurricane Sally and booting up idle Gulf of Mexico operations after hunkering down for five days. The storm toppled trees, flooded streets and left about 570,000 homes …

Gutted Chemical Safety Board Tries to Proceed with Single Board Member

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which has only one board member instead of the usual five, on Friday postponed a scheduled public meeting that was to include discussion of its plans to operate even as President Donald Trump pushes to …

Hanna Pounds South Texas Coast Already Dealing With COVID Surge

Hurricane Hanna pummeled the south Texas coast on Saturday night with howling winds and a surging sea that threatened a broad area already contending with an intense spike in coronavirus deaths. Hanna is the first hurricane for the 2020 Atlantic …

Amid Pandemic, Oil Refineries, Offshore Drillers Face Hurricane Challenges

As oil and gas companies began shutting offshore production before the first tropical storm of the season in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, experts said restarting wells and refineries will take longer and prove more costly this year because of …

Arkema, Executives Accused of Failures in Chemical Fire at Texas Plant

Jurors in the criminal case against the U.S. arm of a French company on Feb. 27 heard it routinely stored combustible chemicals where floodwaters could reach them and failed to alert emergency workers as toxic fires erupted. Arkema SA’s U.S. …

Official: Harris County Sues Exxon Over Air Pollution from Petrochemical Fire

Exxon Mobil Corp. was hit with a lawsuit on Thursday over pollution from a fire at the company’s Baytown Olefins Plant, according to an attorney for Harris County, Texas, which filed the suit. The fire was being investigated by federal …

Refineries in Tropical Storm Barry’s Path to Keep Operating

Most U.S. refiners whose plants are in the path of Tropical Storm Barry took steps on Friday to keep them running, even as forecasters warned that the second named storm of the season could become a hurricane just before landfall …

Official: Houston Ship Channel Restrictions Could Continue All Week

The Houston Ship Channel could remain under one-way travel restrictions all week following a collision between a deep-draft ship and a barge that spilled petrochemicals into the waterway, according to an official. About 9,000 barrels of gasoline spilled into the …

U.S. Investigators to Begin Search for Cause of Texas Petrochemical Disaster

U.S. investigators hope this week for the first time to enter the site of a massive fuel fire and chemical spill outside Houston to begin the hunt for a cause and to determine whether the operator followed safety regulations. The …

Storage Tank Owner Sued by State, County Over Texas Petrochemical Fire

Texas officials on Tuesday sued owners of a Houston area petrochemical storage facility over a fire last week, alleging violations of environmental laws and seeking damages to cover response costs for the disaster that burned for days, releasing chemicals into …