Articles by Liz Hampton

Fire at Hurricane-Hit Louisiana Chemical Plant Contained

A chlorine chemical fire that erupted last Thursday, triggering shelter-in-place orders and closing roadways in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, has been brought under control, the plant’s owner said on Friday. KIK Custom Products said the site is secured and …

Fire Burns at Hurricane-Hit Louisiana Chemical Plant

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday asked residents in three southwestern communities to stay indoors with windows and doors shut as a plume rose from a chemical fire at a Biolab plant in an area hit by Hurricane Laura. …

Oil Firms Slam Brakes on Return-to-Work as Texas Virus Cases Soar

U.S. energy companies slammed the brakes on returning staff to their Houston offices as COVID-19 cases soared and top hospitals warned they could soon run out of beds for the most severely ill patients. A record number of new illnesses …

Daughter of Worked Killed in Texas Oil Well Blast Sues Chesapeake Energy, Other Firms

Chesapeake Energy Corp. and three oilfield service firms were sued by the daughter of a worker who suffered fatal injuries when a Texas oil well exploded in flames in late January. The wrongful death suit seeks at least $1 million …

Alaska Grand Jury Indicts GE’s Baker Hughes for Exposing Workers to Toxic Chemicals

A grand jury in Alaska this week indicted General Electric’s Baker Hughes, two of its subsidiaries and an employee, for 25 felony charges of assault relating to toxic chemical releases at a construction site, according to authorities. The indictment charges …

Criminal Investigation of NiSource Launched Over Massachusetts Gas Explosions

Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation of utility company NiSource Inc over gas explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities that killed one person and injured at least 21 others in September, the company disclosed on Thursday. Grand jury …

Federal Safety Board Links Plugged Drill Pipe to Deadly Oklahoma Well Fire

There were signs that a natural gas well was not fully sealed before it exploded in January, killing five workers, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said in an updated report on the accident on Thursday. The incident, which took place …

Houston Still Rebuilding From Last Year’s Floods as 2018 Hurricane Season Arrives

In an empty lot where Vincent Shields’ Houston home once stood, he points out properties whose owners were driven out after Hurricane Harvey inundated the region last summer. “On this street there’s probably less than 30 percent occupancy,” said Shields, …

Oil Firms Using Robots, Drones for Dangerous Offshore Work

At BP’s massive Thunder Horse oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a dog-sized robot called Maggie uses magnetic tracks to creep along pipes connecting the giant oil facility to the sea floor. Before MaggHD, dubbed “Maggie” by BP, …

Robots, Drones Changing How Oil Firms Handle Dangerous Offshore Work

At BP’s massive Thunder Horse oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a dog-sized robot called Maggie uses magnetic tracks to creep along pipes connecting the giant oil facility to the sea floor. Before MaggHD, dubbed “Maggie” by BP, …