Month – December 2014

Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday. Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered “visible injury” and two others reported ringing in their ears […]

Don Blankenship, Former Massey Energy CEO, Indicted Over 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed “The Dark Lord of Coal Country,” on Thursday became the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation’s deadliest mine disaster in 40 years.   A federal grand jury indicted the former Massey Energy CEO on numerous counts of conspiracy in the […]

Plant Where Workers Died Reported Recent Violations

A plant where four workers died early Saturday after a chemical leak has a record of safety violations that dates back several years, a Texas Tribune review of state records shows. The DuPont chemical plant in La Porte, 30 miles southeast of Houston, makes products like alcohol resins and a popular insecticide called Lannate. The workers […]