April 30- Two oil workers die and nine others are injured in an explosion at a RKI Exploration and Production well site in West Texas. Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper says the workers were operating a rig that separates production fluids, such as oil from water.
April 27- Zachary Buckles, 20, of Glasgow, Mont, dies at a Continental well site 5 miles south of Williston, ND of apparent H2S gas exposure. This is the 38th oilfield death investigated by OSHA since fiscal year 2010.
April 25-Eight families sue a natural gas company for personal injuries they attribute to fracking operations in AK.
April 25-Four people are injured, due to a lightning strike a Southwestern Energy gas drilling site in Faulkner County, AK.
April 23-Around 20 garbage cans full of illegally dumped oil filter socks are been found north of Crosby, ND.
April 23-An explosion at a Williams natural gas processing plant Opal, Wyo. causes the evacuation of the town.
April 22-A six-person Dallas jury awards a middle-class north Texas ranching family nearly $3 million from Aruba Petroleum Inc. company whose drilling caused years of sickness, killed pets and livestock, and forced them out of their home for months.
April 18-500 tons of soil is removed after a “significant leak” is discovered at a frack pond operated by Range Resources. There are questions as to whether or the DEP was properly notified.
April 10-Chevron is cited with nine violations for their February gas well explosion in Greene County, PA including one count of refusing to allow state investigators onto the property, in violation of oil and gas laws.
April 9-High pressure causes approximately 650 barrels of oil and 450 barrels of brine to spill from a tank on an Oasis Petroleum site in ND.
April 9-A substance used to give natural gas its odor leaks from a dehydration station in Wyoming County, PA. [video]
April 7-A 37-year-old worker is found dead at a Noble Energy pump station in WV.
April 7-An illegally dumped “frack sock” (a filter used in the process that can be radioactive) is discovered along the road in Dunn County, ND. [video]
April 5-Six families are evacuated after a 12-inch pipeline operated by Williams explodes. The cause of the explosion and fire is thought to be shifting earth. [video]
April 5- David Zamora, 43 from Victoria Texas, is crushed to death by a piece of heavy equipment at the Rice Energy Big Foot Pad Smith Township, Belmont County, OH.
April 4- A compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle explosion kills 59-year-old Gerald Throw, of Sobieski, Wis. and injures passenger, 29-year-old Jose Perez of Green Bay. Sheriff's officials say a box-style truck was slowing to make a turn into a parking lot of Ace Manufacturing Inc. when its load shifted, potentially compromising the truck's compressed natural gas fuel system. That fuel system detonated.
April 2-A semi-truck tips over in Marshall County, WV spilling hazardous material on the road. The road is closed for nearly 12 hours. Reports indicate several drums containing poisonous liquid spilled onto the road. A HAZMAT crew was called to work to clean up the mess. The driver of the truck was not endorsed to carry this kind of dangerous material and citations are pending, according to deputies.
April 2- True Oil Llc is cited by the DEP for violation of 78.55 - No Control and Disposal/PPC plan or failure to implement preparedness, prevention, and contingency (PPC) plan in West Mahoning Twp., Indiana County, PA. The PPC plan involves the transfer of drilling waste.
April 1- Atlas Resources Llc spills and “unknown amount” of brine that is carried out of the secondary containment because of “[r]ecent precipitation events.” A vegetation kill is noted.