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South African oil refinery workers launch strike

Some 70,000 workers at oil refineries and related industries on Monday joined a week-old strike in South Africa, their union said, raising fears of potential fuel shortages. The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU) said refineries had ground to a halt as workers downed tools to…

Floodway opening a blessing for Louisiana refineries

KROTZ SPRINGS, Louisiana (Reuters) – The opening of a key spillway to relieve flooding along the Mississippi River could create logistical headaches for big Gulf Coast refiners, but will likely spare the lion’s share of the area’s refining capacity from flooding danger. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday…

Potential for blast after BP oil refinery in Texas loses power

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Residents of a US Gulf town have been told to stay indoors and turn off their air conditioners after power failures at a nearby BP refinery and Dow Chemical plant, officials said. Texas City Emergency Management director Bruce Clawson, raising fears of a potential blast, said the…

Environmentalists sue ExxonMobil over air laws

Environmentalists sue ExxonMobil’s largest US refinery, accuse it of violating Clean Air Act The largest oil refinery in the United States released more than 8 million pounds of illegal pollution in the past five years, violating the federal Clean Air Act thousands of times, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday…

BP to pay 50 mln dlr fine for deadly 2005 Texas blast

CHICAGO (AFP) – BP agreed to pay a record 50.6 million dollar fine for safety violations at its troubled Texas City refinery, officials said in a settlement which could deepen the energy giant’s legal woes. The company is already liable for billions in fines and compensation payouts in the wake…

State of Texas sues BP over 40-days of toxic emissions

The state of Texas accused BP of putting profits before environmental safety and sued the British energy giant Monday for the mass release of pollutants after a fire at its troubled Texas City refinery. The lawsuit comes as BP works to finally kill a runaway well in the Gulf of…

BP, cops detain reporter for taking pictures of oil refinery

This story is part of an ongoing collaboration between ProPublica and FRONTLINE (PBS). A photographer taking pictures for ProPublica was detained Friday while shooting pictures in Texas City, Texas. The photographer, Lance Rosenfield, said that shortly after arriving in town, he was confronted by a BP security officer, local police…

BP Had Other Problems in Years Leading to Gulf Spill

BP, the global oil giant responsible for the fast-spreading spill soon to make landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, is no stranger to major accidents. In fact the company has found itself at the center of several of the nation’s worst oil and gas–related disasters in the last five years.…

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