CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — California's largest oil company failed to warn employees of the dangers in an oil field where a worker was sucked underground and boiled to death last year, state authorities found — and then they fined the firm $350. The small regulatory penalty, levied after a first investigation cleared Chevron, has angered labor leaders and reignited a debate over the risks of the extraction technique that led to the worker's death. The method, in which a rush of steam heats the ground and loosens oil deposits, yields much of California's crude.
April 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve's latest report of regional economies paints a picture of a nation continuing to grow moderately, with car sales going strong, manufacturing adding to recent gains and the long-depressed housing market showing flickers of life. But throughout the county, many industries are feeling the pinch of higher oil prices, says the Fed's so-called beige book, released Wednesday. And some employers around the nation are having trouble finding qualified workers, especially to fill high-skilled jobs.
September 22, 2011 |
The Colombian government is trying to broker peace between striking oil workers and their Canadian employer after violent clashes between protesters and police forced the closure of the country's two most important oil fields. Toronto-based Pacific Rubiales Energy shut down its Rubiales and Quifa oil fields in eastern Meta state Tuesday night after clashes left several workers injured and company equipment damaged. The two fields produce an average of 225,000 barrels of crude a day, or about one-quarter of the 953,000 barrels in daily output the country averaged in August.
August 24, 2011 |
Thanks in part to dramatically improved security in recent years, Colombia has vaulted into the major leagues of global crude producers. Ironically, that same success may be driving a surge in violent crime against oil workers flooding into areas formerly considered off-limits to outsiders. About 130 companies are now looking for oil in the Colombian countryside, compared with a number that could have been counted on "the fingers of both hands" a few years ago, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera said this month.
March 9, 2011 |
Colombian officials said Tuesday that government troops rescued 21 of 23 oil field workers who were kidnapped the day before by suspected leftist rebels in remote Vichada state. Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera said the overnight military operation, code-named Minotaur, was greatly helped by a hostage who escaped shortly after the abduction and then provided information about others' whereabouts. The abduction took place near the village of Puerto Principe, about 450 miles east of Bogota, the capital.
March 7, 2011 |
Colombian officials reported that 23 oil field workers were kidnapped Monday in the eastern state of Vichada, and said they believed leftist rebels were responsible. The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the workers were employed by a contractor of Canada-based Talisman Energy, and that they were seized while conducting oil exploration activities. Vichada Gov. Juan Carlos Avila told Caracol television that the leftist guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia, or FARC, were responsible for the kidnappings.