ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region.
Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's leading cellphone provider said Sunday it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services countrywide — the latest business hit by a months-long fuel crisis in Africa's biggest oil producer.
Many aircraft have been grounded with foreign airlines diverting to other African countries to fuel for flights abroad.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning.
Student activist Chiara D'Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said.
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they hope the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California coast can be removed for investigation by Tuesday.
The company on Monday downgraded the amount of oil that may have spilled. The new estimate of the worst-case volume of oil released is 101,000 gallons. That's about 4,200 gallons less than previously thought.
The reaction in Washington to this week’s oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara has been muted, National Journal reports, despite wishes expressed by environmentalists that the incident generate backing for policies moving the country away from fossil fuels.
Plants would no longer be exempt from air pollution regulations when they’re starting up, shutting down or malfunctioning, under a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency, The Hill reports.
A series of major energy and environmental regulations will be published by federal agencies between June and August, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules limiting power plant carbon emissions, the Interior Department’s rule protecting streams from mountaintop removal coal mining, and the Obama administration strategy for cutting methane emissions, The Hill reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Friday accepted a historic offer by farmers to make a 25 percent voluntary water cut to avoid deeper mandatory losses during the drought.
Officials with the state Water Resources Control Board made the announcement involving farmers in the delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers who hold some of California's strongest water rights.
Prices should be somewhat lower at the upcoming capacity auction in the PJM Interconnection as a result of an order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission bringing demand response and energy efficiency resources into the mix, according to Moody’s, but not as much as originally predicted, Platts reports.
Lawyers for Don Blankenship have filed a motion in court, asking U.S. District Court Judge Irene Berger to exclude testimony on the Upper Big Branch mine explosion from the former Massey Energy CEO’s perjury and conspiracy trial, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.
Businesses pledging to do their part to fight climate change see “the logic” of a strong international agreement on the issue, adviser Brian Deese said Monday after the White House unveiled the plans, The Hill reports.
The Bureau of Land Management and the Agriculture Department have taken major steps to protect the sage grouse and its habitat ahead of a decision on whether to list the bird as endangered, and environmental groups tell E&E it's because of a couple of settlements they reached with the Obama administration four years ago.
The price of gasoline at the pump would rise as much as 14.5 cents per gallon if the U.S. lifted its ban on crude exports, according to a study commissioned by Consumers and Refiners United for Domestic Energy, which wants to see the ban stay in place, The Hill reports.
Plunging Chinese stocks took oil prices with them Monday, as crude continues to plumb depths not seen since March. Light, sweet crude for September delivery lost 75 cents to settle at $47.39 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent slumped $1.15, or 2.1 percent, to $53.47, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Oilfield services companies Halliburton and Baker Hughes are cutting up to 7,500 more more jobs than they had projected in April, in moves to help the companies cope with the continued slide in oil prices, FuelFix reports.
Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission on Thursday will review the agreement to keep Switch as a customer of NV Energy in exchange for providing the data firm with electricity from a solar project, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.