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Anadarko Cited For Another Deadly Colorado Gas Explosion

Anadarko Petroleum and three other companies have been cited for safety violations in connection with a natural gas explosion that killed one worker and left three others with severe burn injuries. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulators responded to a gas explosion in Mead, Colorado, about 35 miles north of Denver, in May 2017. The deadly explosion occurred at an Anadarko construction site where workers were merging two tank batteries into a single tank battery. According to OSHA, explosive vapors and gases emitted by pipes connected to a crude oil tank accumulated in the work area and ignited when ... Read More

Anadarko Benzene Spill Cleanup Underway In Colorado

Cleanup efforts are underway to remove tons of benzene contaminated soil and water from an Anadarko battery tank site in Dacono, Colorado, a community just east of Boulder. The Texas-based petroleum corporation notified the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the agency that regulates the state’s fossil fuels industry, of the toxic benzene spill, which it discovered when excavating an old pump earlier this month. Benzene is a cancer-causing chemical that is formed in natural processes, such as volcanoes and forest fires, but most exposures to benzene result from oil and gas production, factory waste, and other human activities. ... Read More

$5.15 billion Anadarko environmental pollution settlement goes into effect

A $5.15 billion environmental settlement between the U.S. government and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Kerr McGee went into effect this week, allowing funds to be distributed for thousands of environmental cleanup projects throughout the country. The settlement, the largest environmental settlement ever won by the federal government, resolves fraudulent conveyance claims brought by the United States against the companies and affiliates over Anadarko’s acquisition of Kerr McGee’s chemical unit Tronox. The Justice Department argued that Kerr McGee spun off its chemical unit to form a company called Tronox just before Anadarko acquired it. The U.S. alleged this arrangement saddled Tronox ... Read More

BP, Anadarko ask appeals court to reconsider Clean Water Act liability issues

BP and its Deepwater Horizon partner Anadarko Petroleum Corp. asked the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last week for another chance to demonstrate they should not be penalized for Clean Water Act violations as a result of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. According to Law360, the oil companies filed separate petitions for another hearing, claiming as they did the first time the issue was argued in court that the blowout preventer controlled by Transocean should have stopped the oil from escaping, as it was designed to do. However, last month the Fifth Court upheld a lower court ruling rejecting ... Read More

Anadarko agrees to pay record $5.15 billion for toxic waste cleanup costs

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay $5.15 billion to clean up radioactive uranium, thorium, and other hazardous waste that was dumped throughout the United States, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday. The settlement is the largest recovery for environmental contamination in the nation’s history. Anadarko is the parent company of energy company Kerr-McGee Corp., which it acquired in 2006. According to the Justice Department, Kerr-McGee has an 85-year history of polluting U.S. communities and resources with toxic waste. Kerr-McGee’s perchlorate business contaminated Lake Mead, which flows into the Colorado River and provides drinking water to much of the Southwest United ... Read More

BP settles Gulf oil spill dispute with partner Anadarko

BP has settled a legal dispute with another of its Macondo well partners over damages stemming from the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, which killed 11 workers and set off the 5-million-barrel Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum, a 25-precent owner in the Macondo venture, has agreed to drop its claims of gross negligence against BP and give the oil giant one cash payment of $4 billion in exchange for indemnification for certain legal claims. Although the agreement is not an admission of liability for Anadarko, it could help BP in a forthcoming trial that will determine ... Read More

U.S. files lawsuit against BP and partners for cleanup, recovery costs

Faced with ongoing cleanup costs and widespread ecological damage, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against BP and eight other companies involved in the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In addition to BP, other defendants named in the lawsuit are Transocean, the primary owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig; Anadarko, which owned a 25-percent interest in the well; MOEX, the U.S. unit of Japan’s Mitsui Oil Exploration Co, Ltd.; and Lloyd’s of London, BP’s insurer. One unit of Anadarko and three units/subsidiaries of Transocean are also named as defendants. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in New ... Read More