Articles by Liz Hampton and Ernest Scheyder

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, …

Death of Worker on Energy Platform Off Louisiana Coast Under Investigation

An oil and gas worker on a Talos Energy LLC platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico was killed on Feb. 17 while replacing piping, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said. The worker, who was not immediately …

Employees Missing After Oklahoma Drilling Rig Fire

Drilling contractor Patterson-UTI said some of its employees were missing on Monday after a fire at one of its drilling rigs in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. The company said it had activated its emergency response systems and was cooperating with first …

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 …