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Settlements with Transocean, Halliburton agreed from 2010 Gulf spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A committee of lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill announced a $211 million settlement Wednesday with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

In a separate development, oil giant BP — which leased the rig from Transocean — reached settlements resolving years of complicated spill-related litigation with Transocean, and with contractor Halliburton, which did cement work on the rig before it exploded in April 2010.

Oil

California oil sop-up starts, thousands of gallons gathered

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — More than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast in a cleanup effort that is now going 24 hours a day, officials said, but that's some of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline.

Investigators took stock of the scope of the spill on Wednesday a day after the pipeline break, finding that up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out, and up to a fifth of that amount — 21,000 gallons — reached the sea, according to estimates.

Senate Energy panel hearing on public lands bills

Washington, May 21, 2015, 2:30 pm

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining to hold legislative hearing on several bills to update public lands policy. Bureau of Land Management Assistant Director Tim Murphy and Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon to tesify.

United State Energy Association event on energy outlook

Washington, May 21, 2015, 10:00 pm

The United States Energy Association to host briefing on the Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook, featuring EIA Analysis Integration Team Leader Paul Holtberg.

Kerry to speak at reception for Arctic Council reception

Washington, May 21, 2015, 6:15 am

Secretary of State John Kerry and Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert Papp to deliver remarks at a State Department reception commemorating the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council

Senate Appropriations vote on energy and water bill

Washington, May 21, 2015, 10:30 am

The Senate Appropriations Committee to hold markup of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016.

GAO highlights issues with EPA science board policies

As Republicans press legislation that would overhaul the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of scientific advisory panels for crafting regulations, a government auditor is highlighting problems with the agency’s guidelines for responding to congressional requests for advice from the boards.

The Government Accountability Office said Wednesday the guidelines “lack clarity,” and that one of the boards isn’t being asked for advice on  the adverse effects of regulations.

Alfredo Gomez, GAO Natural Resources and Environment team director, told a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee panel that a preliminary investigation of the Scientific Advisory Board, or SAB, and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, or CASAC, revealed some potential issues with how the boards are currently operated.

$211M settlement reached with Transocean in 2010 oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have announced a $211 million settlement with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

BP leased the rig from Transocean. The April 2010 explosion of the rig killed 11 workers and sent oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days.

Boston tops in energy efficiency again

Source: 
The Washington Post

For the second year in a row, Boston has come in first place in the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, The Washington Post reports.

Climate change ‘judgment from Allah’: Bin Laden

Source: 
Politico

Among materials released that had been found in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan was a letter marking Ramadan that referred to climate change as judgment from Allah, Politico reports.

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