Articles by Erwin Seba

Agency Continues Probe of Wisconsin Refinery Blast

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is analyzing metal shrapnel from an April explosion at a Husky Energy Inc. refinery in Wisconsin that forced the evacuation of thousands of residents as it continues to investigate the cause of the blast, the …

Harvey-Arkema Lesson: Chemical Plants Must Plan for Natural Disasters

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Thursday urged chemical plants to weigh the risks of natural disasters just as they would the integrity of pipes and production equipment. “Such facilities should perform an analysis to determine their susceptibility to extreme …

Wisconsin Oil Refinery Fire Injures at Least 15

An explosion at Husky Energy’s refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, caused a fire that burned for several hours on Thursday and sent smoke billowing into the air, prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials said. Local media said at least …

Feds Fine Exxon $165K over Explosion, Worker Injuries Louisiana Oil Refinery

ExxonMobil Corp. has been fined about $165,000 by U.S. 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. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health …

Judge Tosses Fines Against Tesoro in Deadly Washington Refinery Blast

A Washington state administrative judge threw out $2.4 million in fines levied against refiner Tesoro Corp. for a 2010 explosion that claimed the lives of seven workers at the company’s Anacortes, Washington, refinery. Judge Mark Jaffe said Washington state’s Department …

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 …

California Gas Prices Could Rise Following Local Refinery Blast

An explosion and fire at an oil refinery in Torrance, Calif. over the weekend forced the partial shutdown of the plant, leading oil traders to expect a spike this week in West Coast gasoline prices. Police and the plant owner …

BP Pays $13M to Settle Texas Refinery Safety Probe

BP Plc on Thursday agreed to pay $13 million to settle safety violations at its Texas City, Texas refinery, paving the way for a sale of the refinery by the London-based energy company. The settlement struck with the U.S. Occupational …

Feds to Require Safety Plan for Restart of Exxon’s Montana Pipeline

U.S. pipeline safety regulators on Tuesday said Exxon Mobil must make fixes to its ruptured Montana oil pipeline and submit a restart plan before oil can flow again. The U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration also ordered …