January 30, 2009 |
About 24,000 unionized refinery and pipeline workers across the United States are prepared to walk off the job at midnight Saturday if negotiations with major oil companies don't result in a new contract. A strike by members of the United Steelworkers union would affect more than half of the nation's refining capacity. Strike jitters helped drive wholesale gasoline prices up by more than 4 cents a gallon Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
September 7, 2008 |
The quiet man standing next to Sarah Palin is nothing like the other three campaign spouses caught in the whirlwind of the presidential race, and not just because he's a man. Todd Palin is a conservative, a moose hunter, an oil worker, a union man, a snowmobile racer, a hockey fan and a onetime backer of Alaskan independence. And in the frontier society of Alaska, his bona fides are not that unusual. He's a "true Alaskan," said Ben Harrell, owner of the Mocha Moose cafe here.
January 2, 2008 |
With crude oil topping $95 a barrel, these should be heady days for Petroleos Mexicanos. Mexico's state-owned oil monopoly, known as Pemex, generated record revenue of about $100 billion in 2007. But at a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of the nationalization of Mexico's oil industry last year, Pemex General Director Jesus Reyes Heroles wasn't in a celebratory mood. "The situation of Petroleos Mexicanos is critical and merits immediate attention," the company's top executive said.
December 17, 2007 |
Oil workers have capped a damaged oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that spilled crude and natural gas for almost two months after a deadly high-seas collision, Mexico's state-owned oil company announced. At least 21 employees were killed in the Oct. 23 collision with a drilling rig during a storm. Petroleos Mexicanos workers injected concrete into the well after installing a new valve assembly, blocking the well "definitively," the company said.
October 26, 2007 |
Rescuers were searching stormy Gulf of Mexico seas for four oil workers still missing after a drilling rig collided with an offshore platform. Two survivors of Tuesday's collision have been found, as well as another body, bringing the death toll to 19, Mexico's state oil company said. Most of the victims drowned after their life rafts were swamped by high seas.
October 25, 2007 |
At least 18 oil workers were killed and seven others were missing after a Mexican drilling rig hit an oil platform in stormy weather, spilling gas and oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the state-owned oil company said. Rescuers had pulled 61 workers from storm-tossed waters but had yet to control the leak, said Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. The company said it was not immediately clear how much had spilled.
August 9, 2007 |
Kidnappers released two hostages, one British and the other Bulgarian, in Nigeria's southern oil region, while the young son of a local legislator was seized in a separate incident and gun battles raged for a third day. Gunmen had kidnapped the two workers July 8 from a river barge. A government spokesman said no ransom was paid. Anger runs high among impoverished residents who have benefited little from four decades of oil production.
June 24, 2007 |
Kidnappers released four foreign oil workers seized June 3 in the restive south. Mediators released the Pakistani, British, French and Dutch citizens to security officials in Port Harcourt. More than 200 foreigners have been kidnapped in the Niger Delta since militants stepped up activities 18 months ago.
June 24, 2007 |
A Yemeni guard opened fire on a group of foreign oil workers shortly after they landed at a company airstrip, killing one and wounding five, including an American, officials said. The shooting took place at Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s facility in Shabwa province about 200 miles southeast of the capital, Sana. The U.S. Embassy in Sana said the American, who was not identified, was critically injured.
June 12, 2007 |
Kidnappers in Nigeria's restive oil heartland released 13 captives, including three Americans, officials said. Those freed are the latest of about 200 foreigners, mostly oil workers, who have been abducted in a year and a half in the southern region where Africa's biggest oil producer pumps its crude. Nearly two dozen are known to still be in captivity.