Articles by Liz Hampton and Nate Raymond

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, …

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 …