Articles by Erwin Seba

2 Injured in Hydrogen Fluoride Leak at Marathon’s Galveston Bay Refinery

Marathon Petroleum Corp. is investigating what caused a toxic chemical release that injured two workers on May 4 at a Texas City oil refinery, a spokesman said, as the U.S. industrial safety watchdog also began looking into the incident. A …

Free Shots, Cash Bonus, Firing. Employers Weigh How to Get Employees Vaccinated

U.S. workers could soon face choices such as free COVID-19 shots and a cash bonus if all get immunized, or those unwilling to be vaccinated get reassigned or even lose their jobs. Those options are being studied by businesses hoping …

Hurricane Zeta Slams Louisiana With High Winds, Storm Surge

Oct 28 06:10 PM. Hurricane Zeta smashed into Louisiana on Wednesday with 110-mile-per-hour (175 kph) winds and what government trackers called “a life-threatening storm surge,” the third hurricane to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast state this year. Zeta’s extremely dangerous …

Louisiana Hunkers Down as Zeta Takes Aim at State

Louisiana prepared for the sixth lashing this year from a Gulf Coast system as Tropical Storm Zeta sped off the Yucatan Peninsula bringing high winds and rain to a region still reeling from a series of storms. Zeta was about …

U.S. Offshore Energy Firms Prep for Massive Hurricane

Oil and gas workers withdrew en masse from U.S. offshore production facilities and onshore refineries began preparations on Wednesday as Hurricane Delta was forecast to grow into a powerful storm over the Caribbean on its way to the Gulf of …

Energy Firm Evacuations Underway as Another Major Storm, Delta, Threatens Gulf Coast

Energy companies on Monday began evacuating offshore oil platforms as the 25th named storm of the year formed in the Caribbean and was forecast to become a major hurricane before it entered the Gulf of Mexico and threatens the U.S. …

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 …