Posts Tagged ‘explosion’

Judge rules BP’s ‘reckless conduct’ caused 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that BP’s reckless conduct resulted in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling today could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties for polluting the Gulf of Mexico with oil from BP’s […] [...]

Inspectors find ‘hot work’ was cause of fatal explosion at fish plant

MOSS POINT — A fatal explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi Coast happened when sparks ignited a volatile mixture in a tank, safety officials said yesterday. U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said in a news release that inspectors found workers were performing “hot work” at or near the tank that […] [...]

Explosion at Coast fish plant leaves one dead, three injured

MOSS POINT — One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion today at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast. Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks. “One tank exploded and we have one fatality […] [...]

Biofuel plant fire extinguished; highway to reopen

NEW ALBANY — A fire at a north Mississippi biofuels plant has been extinguished. The fire, put out about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, had been burning since early Wednesday at the plant near New Albany, but no injuries were reported. There were also at least three explosions at JNS Biofuels, formerly known as North Mississippi Biodiesel. […] [...]

Homes evacuated as biofuels plant burns

NEW ALBBNY — Authorities say a fire is still burning at a north Mississippi biofuels plant and there has been a third explosion at the facility. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Brett Carr said today that authorities are trying to figure if they should extinguish the fire or let it burn out. No injuries have […] [...]

Refinery explosion claims a life; investigation underway

PASCAGOULA — Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a southern Mississippi refinery Friday that killed one worker. An operator at the Cracking II Processing Unit died after something detonated inside a furnace and sparked a fire, Chevron Mississippi general manager Tom Kovar said. The operators were outside the furnace at […] [...]

Judge to hear objections to BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill. Today, however, the one-time allies will be at odds when an appeals court hears objections to the multibillion-dollar deal. That’s […] [...]

County to begin enforcing oil/gas field fencing, signage ordinance

HATTIESBURG — Forrest County is soon to begin enforcing a fencing and signage ordinance for local oil and gas fields that was contested and affirmed by the Mississippi Supreme Court earlier this year. Sheriff Billy McGee tells The Hattiesburg American his deputies likely will begin enforcing the ordinance this week after briefings on the ordinance’s […] [...]

Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their […] [...]

Judge suspends some oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company’s 2010 oil spill cost them money. U.S. District Carl Barbier issued Thursday’s order a day after an appeals court reversed […] [...]

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