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Oil Train Disaster Preparedness

train oil and gas tankers.jpgIn recent years, the amount of crude oil shipped by rail in the United States has grown by a factor of 50. Oil trains carried around 500,000 cars of crude in 2014 compared with 9,500 in 2008. Traveling to refineries and ports on the nation's coasts, oil trains carrying 100 or more cars pass through some of the country's largest urban areas. The result is that cities are rushing to develop emergency preparedness plans to deal with the disasters that could occur if a train derailed, caught fire or crashed.

Oil and Gas Workers Strike About Safety

Oil workers in Texas, California, Kentucky and Washington state are striking. One of the main issues, according to one news report on the oil workers' strike, is safety. According to the vice president of the United Steel Workers' Union USW), which represents oil and gas workers in the four states, the work stoppage is about: 

What Illnesses Are Common in the Oil and Gas Industry? Part 2

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the occupational illnesses that workers in the oil and gas industry may suffer as a result of exposure to a variety of toxic substances. This blog continues the exploration of the hazards that compromise oil and gas worker health and safety. 

Website shows risks to children from oil and chemical industries

It should come as no surprise to Texas residents that the oil boom has resulted in numerous accidents and toxic emissions that have injured or killed workers and residents. One website, Earthjustice.org, tracks oil and gas production throughout the United States along with other issues that impact air, water and health. The site, with its associated blog, reports on oil and gas accidents and other industrial events that raise health and safety issues for workers and people living near industrial, oil drilling and chemical sites.

The Cost Of Gas: Recent Texas Oil Boom Creates Safety Hazards

Texas and the rest of the country have benefited from a rapid increase in domestic energy production in the past few years.

North America's energy boom comes at a large rice however -- Politico reports that oil train accidents have skyrocketed in the in the last few years.

Report: Plymouth Gas Explosion Caused by Rupture

Officials from Northwest Pipeline say that last week's dramatic explosion at an East Washington storage facility was caused by a pressure vessel rupture.

The Washington Post reports that the rupture occurred on a vessel that removes the carbon dioxide from the gas prior to liquefaction.

More Than 200 Lives Lost To Texas Oil And Gas Boom

According the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 663 oil and gas workers have been killed in work-related accidents during the boom years of 2007-2012. It's estimated that just under half of those fatal oil and gas accidents (40 percent) occurred here in Texas. In total, there have been close to 18,000 reports of injury and illness related to oil and gas exploration, extraction and production in Texas since 2007.

Plant Blast Reported Near Houston Ship Channel

A La Porte plant erupted in flames this morning after a gas pipeline burst at Enterprise Products. At least two injuries have been reported in the workplace blast; firefighters have been on scene fighting the blaze since this morning. Two contract workers were treated onsite by emergency responders; their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

ND Oil Train Crashes, Fires Prompt Evacuation Of Nearby Town

Here in Texas, particularly in the Eagle Ford Shale and the Barnett Shale plays, increased truck traffic that is the byproduct of the booming oil and gas industry has caused headaches, damage and serious accidents on rural and large roadways. In North Dakota, where the Bakken field has led to a substantial boom in shale production, increased train traffic is causing similar problems. Train transport is used to move approximately two-thirds of North Dakota's shale oil from the fields into production sites.

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    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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