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Another Hilcorp Pipeline Break Reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

Pipeline owner Hilcorp, already under fire for an ongoing gas leak in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, is now dealing with another oil spill in the same pristine body of water that’s home to a diversity of marine life, including an endangered population of beluga whales. The new Hilcorp Alaska pipeline spill was discovered Saturday as a sheen spread across the surface that dissipated shortly after being spotted. Hilcorp said it shut down the 8-inch diameter oil line, which runs for miles on the floor of Cook Inlet between two production platforms. Hilcorp said it removed all oil from the pipeline and ... Read More

Abandoned Hilcorp Well source of oil spill in Southern Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard, Hilcorp Energy, and a handful of oil remediation companies are working to contain a natural gas and oil spill on the lower Mississippi river near Venice, Louisiana. The oil spill, which as of Wednesday covered about eight square miles of water and wetlands, was first reported on the afternoon of Monday, March 20, from an abandoned wellhead owned by Hilcorp, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company. Hilcorp told the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center that it had secured the old wellhead at approximately 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night. First estimates reported the well released ... Read More

Feds Order Hilcorp To Fix Ruptured Alaskan Pipeline or Shut it Down

Federal regulators gave Hilcorp Energy an ultimatum March 3: Either repair its leaking methane gas pipeline in Cook Inlet, Alaska, by May 1 or shut the line down completely. Digital Journal reports that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an office of the U.S. Department of Transportation, issued the directive to oil and gas driller Hilcorp after discovering that the broken pipeline continues to release about 300,000 cubic feet of gas into Cook Inlet, southwest of Anchorage, daily. The leak was first discovered Feb. 7 even though company data indicated its presence as early as December 2016. Federal ... Read More

Kiwi Yoga Instructor Experiences Implant Failure Within Weeks of receiving Metal-on-Metal Hip replacement

Bernadette Rae, a 60-year-old yoga instructor in New Zealand, underwent a second hip replacement surgery when her ASR hip made by DePuy Orthopaedics failed. DePuy paid for Rae to receive a second surgery with a new ASR hip, another metal-on-metal hip design. Within weeks after the second surgery, Rae’s new hip began dislocating. Rae, unable to move around the house without a walking stick, was forced to sell her home and buy a flat that is suitable for a handicapped woman. She refers to her new home as a “granny flat.” Plagued with skin rashes, cramps and insomnia that she blames ... Read More

Report Expected this Week In Airplane Crash Death of Ice Road Truckers Star

Federal investigators are expected to release a preliminary report this week with details about the crash of a private airplane that killed Ice Road Truckers star Darrell Ward and his co-pilot in Montana. Darrell Ward, 52, who rose to fame on the History Channel’s hit series Ice Road Truckers, was flying to Missoula, Mont., from Dallas, Texas, Aug. 28 when the single-engine Cessna airplane he was flying in crashed in Rock Creek, a few miles southeast of Missoula. Mr. Ward was headed to Montana with and his co-pilot, Mark Melotz, 56, to film a pilot episode for a new documentary series ... Read More

Pediatric breathing system recalled due to defect that can harm patients

Medical device company Dräger is recalling the VentStar Oxylog 3000 Disposable Pediatric Patient Breathing Circuit after discovering that the check valve on the circuit may leak. This could result in patient re-breathing exhaled gas with reduced oxygen concentration and increased carbon dioxide levels, which can lead to serious health consequences, including excessive carbon dioxide in the bloodstream and increased acidity in the blood, which can be fatal. This issue pertains only to the VentStar Oxylog 3000 Disposable Pediatric Patient Circuit. There is no issue or problem with the Oxylog 3000/3000 plus ventilator. The affected device contains the lot number 5704964, ... Read More

Ship Captain Awarded $1.1 Million In Whistleblower Retaliation Case

The captain of a cargo ship who alleged he was fired for reporting safety violations to the U.S. Coast Guard has been awarded more than $1 million in back pay, damages, and other compensation by a U.S. Labor Department administrative law judge. The award is the largest damages award ever under the whistleblower provisions of the federal Seaman’s Protection Act (SPA). According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, John Loftus, Captain of the 813-foot-long container ship Horizon Trader, filed a complaint with the U.S. Labor Department claiming he was unlawfully terminated for reporting ship malfunctions that went unfixed and other safety ... Read More

Patients Experience Cobalt Poisoning after Hip Replacement Surgery

Dr. Steve Tower specializes in hip, knee and shoulder surgery as well as general orthopedics and trauma care. In 2006, Tower had hip replacement surgery and received a metal-on-metal hip implant design made of chrome cobalt. A year after the hip was replaced, he began experiencing pain. Having replaced “about a thousand” hips in patients himself, Tower knew this was not the norm. Remembering that the hip was made of cobalt, he decided to have his blood levels checked. He found the cobalt levels in his blood to be extremely high. Three years after replacement, the hip became so painful that revision ... Read More

Refineries Reach $425 Million Settlement With U.S. Over Air Pollution

Tesoro Corporation and Par Hawaii Refining have reached a $425-million settlement with the U.S. government that resolves numerous Clean Air Act violations and introduces a plan to drastically reduce air pollution at six refineries across the western U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced the settlement Monday, saying that the bulk of the settlement — $403 million – would go toward the installation and operation of pollution control equipment at refineries in Kenai, Alaska; Martinez, Calif.; Kapolei, Hawaii; Mandan, N.D.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Anacortes, Wash. Each year, these improvements at ... Read More

U.S. Grants Border States $32 Million For International Commercial Carrier Safety

The 15 U.S. states that share a border with Mexico or Canada are receiving an injection of federal funding to help keep roads safe by stepping up inspections to ensure foreign commercial carriers are in compliance with U.S. safety laws and regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said this month it is providing states with international border crossings $32 million in grants. The funds will go to the transportation departments of all the eligible states to help authorities make sure all commercial trucks and drivers are properly licensed to operate on U.S. roads. The Border Enforcement Grant (BEG) ... Read More