Gas leak shuts London’s Charing Cross station

London’s Charing Cross station has been shut following a gas leak this morning. More than 1,400 people were said to have been evacuated from a nightclub and a hotel. London Fire Brigade said a ruptured gas main was detected and roads in the area were sealed off and a 100-metre cordon put in place. Cadent […]

Deepwater Horizon research group offers final $65m

The research initiative that sprung up in the wake of the BP disaster is offering $65 million (£51m) of funding to help understand the effects of oil on the environment and reduce its damaging effects. The announcement comes as the blockbuster movie about the tragic demise of the Deepwater Horizon accident hits the cinemas. The Gulf of Mexico […]

Six dead after New York gas explosion

A sixth person has been confirmed dead following an explosion that flattened two buildings in New York City. A gas leak triggered the blast yesterday morning on Park Avenue in East Harlem, which also led to more than 60 injured people. It shattered windows a block away, rained debris onto railroad tracks close by and […]

Total resumes gas production at Elgin field

Total announced it has restarted gas production on the Elgin/Franklin area following the approval by the UK safety watchdog last week. The news comes a year after a major gas leak was found on the Elgin platform (pictured), which brought production to a halt. Total said production “resumes gradually” and should reach close to 70,000 […]

Total gets green light to restart North Sea gas field

Oil and gas firm Total has been given clearance to resume production at its Elgin gas platform (pictured) nearly a year after a major leak was found. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) gave the go-ahead and said it has “accepted the safety case” for the Elgin installation. Located 150 miles east of Aberdeen, the […]

Tests show ‘minimal’ water contamination from Elgin leak

Tests on water samples gathered two miles from the Elgin platform gas leak indicate there has been no direct marine contamination from the incident, says the Scottish Parliament. Water and sediment samples were tested for traces of oil and gas (hydrocarbon) pollution at the Marine Scotland Science laboratory in Aberdeen. Earlier this month TOTAL evacuated […]

North Sea flare goes out

The flare on Total’s gas platform in the North Sea has gone out naturally, the French energy firm has confirmed. The Elgin Franklin platform was evacuated last week because of a gas leak in the field. The news should relieve safety fears, as some had worried gas from the leak could have been blown toward […]

Minister feels heat for confusion over Elgin gas flare

The Energy Minister is feeling the heat this week after inadvertently causing confusion over the flare at the North Sea oil platform which Total evacuated because of a gas leak on Sunday. The flare is effectively a flame which constantly burns on offshore gas rigs. When it emerged that the Elgin Franklin well platform’s flare […]

North Sea gas leak could go on for ‘six months’

Environmental groups reacted with alarm to the speculation that a gas leak off the coast of Aberdeen in the North Sea could go on for at least six months. Oil company Total, which evacuated workers from its platform in the field because of the leak on Sunday, reportedly said it could take that long to […]

Total rig evacuated after gas leak

More than 200 workers were evacuated from Total’s North Sea rig after a gas leak, the French energy firm confirmed early this morning. A “sheen” was reported near to the Elgin field late yesterday. Most of the crew were either taken ashore to Aberdeen or moved to other platforms in the area, according to the […]