• 7 minutes Get First Access To The Oilprice App!
  • 11 minutes Japanese Refiners Load First Iran Oil Cargo Since U.S. Sanctions
  • 13 minutes Oil prices forecast
  • 17 minutes Renewables in US Set for Fast Growth
  • 8 hours Chinese FDI in U.S. Drops 90%: America's Clueless Tech Entrepreneurs
  • 5 hours Socialists want to exorcise the O&G demon by 2030
  • 44 mins Russian Message: Oil Price War With U.S. Would Be Too Costly
  • 10 hours Good Marriage And Bad Divorce: Germany's Merkel Wants Britain and EU To Divorce On Good Terms
  • 23 hours Cheermongering about O&G in 2019
  • 28 mins Oil CEOs See Market Rebalancing as Outlook Blurred by China Risk
  • 2 days Is Natural Gas Renewable? I say yes it is.
  • 1 day Duterte's New Madness: Philippine Senators Oppose President's Push To Lower Criminal Age To 9
  • 2 days North Sea Rocks Could Store Months Of Renewable Energy
  • 15 hours *Happy Dance* ... U.S. Shale Oil Slowdown
  • 2 days Making Fun of EV Owners: ICE-ing Trend?
  • 2 days Emissions from wear of brakes and tyres likely to be higher in supposedly clean vehicles, experts warn
  • 5 hours WSJ: Gun Ownership on Rise in Europe After Terror Attacks, Sexual Assaults
This Is How Much Each OPEC+ Member Needs To Cut

This Is How Much Each OPEC+ Member Needs To Cut

OPEC published the list of…

Hitachi Halts Nuclear Megaproject In The UK

Hitachi Halts Nuclear Megaproject In The UK

In what could be another…

A Week of Oil Spills

The past week has not been a good one for the oil industry. There have been several high profile oil spills across the U.S. The 168,000 gallon spill in the Galveston Bay in Texas was the worst, as it fouled the local waterways, shut down the Port of Houston for ship traffic, and threatened local wildlife. The Houston Ship Channel remained closed through Tuesday, March 25. Early reports suggested that the closure was not immediately affecting production at the enormous oil refineries nearby, but as the closure extended into a fourth day, ExxonMobil announced that it had reduced production rates at its Baytown facility. "A prolonged outage will result in refineries reducing their operating rates and some supply disruption," said Andy Lipow, President of Houston-based Lipow Oil Associates. Fortunately for those companies, it appeared that the channel was close to reopening as of Tuesday.

Galveston Bay was not the only place with an oily mess on its hands. On March 18, a pipeline in southwest Ohio leaked 20,000 gallons of crude oil into a nature preserve, a volume that is twice as high as originally thought. The pipeline is part of a network that runs from Texas to Michigan. While the cause is still under investigation, Sunoco Logistics has since repaired the pipeline.

Related Article: Houston Shipping Channels Shuttered for 3rd Day After Oil Spill

On March 20, a pipeline in North Dakota broke and spilled 34,000 gallons of crude oil. North Dakota Water Quality Director Dennis Fewless said that the spill was being contained and no waterways were threatened. The rupture in the pipeline, which is owned by Hiland Crude LLC, occurred near Alexander, ND.

And on March 25, an unidentified quantity of oil leaked from BP’s massive Whiting refinery in Indiana. The oil was discharged into Lake Michigan. No injuries occurred and the leak was stopped. Favorable winds were keeping the oil at shore and cold weather eased containment. The refinery was recently upgraded to handle Canadian heavy crude.

By Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News