LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge approved a $5 million settlement among the operators of an oil pipeline, the state of Arkansas and the federal government Wednesday, finding that the deal to end claims stemming from a spill two years ago satisfied the public interest even if it might not be the best pact possible.
Crude oil breached the Pegasus pipeline on March 29, 2013, oozing 3,190 barrels of oil onto land and water at Mayflower, 20 miles northwest of Little Rock. Exxon Mobil Corp. agreed to pay $3.19 million in fines to the federal government, plus nearly $1.9 million in fines, fees and other payments to Arkansas.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Russell Begaye stared into a hole in the side of a Colorado mountain, watching as yellow water contaminated with heavy metals poured out and raced down a slope toward a creek that feeds rivers critical to survival on the nation's largest Native American reservation and in other parts of the Southwest.
At the Gold King Mine, Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, couldn't help but see the concerned faces of his people — the farmers who no longer had water for corn crops and the ranchers who had to scramble to get their cattle, sheep and goats away from the polluted San Juan River.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday her department takes full responsibility for spilling 3 million gallons of mining waste that turned a southwest Colorado river an unnatural shade of orange, adding it "pains me to no end."
Gina McCarthy made the comments as her agency comes under increased scrutiny after federal and contract workers accidentally unleashed the spill last week while inspecting the abandoned Gold King mine near Silverton, Colorado.
Seeking to head off a move by the Environmental Protection Agency to lower permissible ozone levels in the atmosphere, the National Association of Manufacturers is launching an advertising campaign against it, while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is issuing a series of reports detailing how such a step could hit local economies, The Hill reports.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Townspeople affected by the millions of gallons of waste spilled from an abandoned gold mine and now flowing through their communities demanded clarity Tuesday about any long-term threats to their water supply.
Colorado and New Mexico made disaster declarations for stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers and the Navajo Nation declared an emergency as the waste spread more than 100 miles downstream, where it will reach Lake Powell in Utah sometime this week.
The Environmental Protection Agency has promised to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule partly rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, telling a lower court the findings will be submitted by next spring, The Hill reports.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into a southwest Colorado river are demanding answers about possible long-term threats to the water supply.
Colorado and New Mexico declared stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers to be disaster areas as the orange-colored waste stream made its way downstream toward Lake Powell in Utah after the spill Wednesday at the abandoned Gold King mine near Silverton, Colorado.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is taking heat from lawmakers for her agency's poor communication following an accidental spill of more than three million gallons of mining waste that has sullied the Animas River.
The spill, triggered by EPA equipment at the Gold King Mine on August 5, discharged heavy metals including lead and arsenic into the river. Certain stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers in Colorado and New Mexico have been declared disaster areas in the wake of the spill.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the spill.
Colorado and New Mexico declared stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers to be disaster areas as the orange-colored waste stream estimated to be 100 miles long churned downstream toward Lake Powell in Utah after the spill Wednesday at the abandoned Gold King mine.
A group of 13 states led by North Dakota is pressing for a federal judge's injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule to take effect nationwide after the agency said it would enforce the rule in states not involved in an initial lawsuit, The Hill reports.
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said he's willing to support ending the Commerce Department ban on crude oil exports if the policy change is accompanied by other actions to promote clean energy and address climate change, FuelFix reports.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican presidential hopeful, told voters in San Antonio that the U.S. should behave like an "energy rich country" and lift the ban on crude exports, the San Antonio Business Journal reports.
White House Senior Adviser Brian Deese has spearheaded the Obama administration's climate agenda during his first six months on the job, and plans to play an active role in upcoming budget battles with Congress and December's United Nations climate talks in Paris, E&E reports.
A new report from Citigroup says that large natural gas discoveries in Egypt and Iran could reduce demand for liquefied natural gas in the Middle East, limiting opportunities in the market for U.S. producers looking to export, Bloomberg reports.
Gas stations are an increasingly tempting target for credit card information thieves and other fraudsters, The Wall Street Journal reports, prompting both the credit card and fuel industries to move more quickly on defensive actions.
French state-owned nuclear company EDF announced it would delay construction of a next-generation nuclear plant in Flamanville for another year, citing a new increase in cost, The Financial Times reports.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission will delay until Sept. 17 its decision to approve or reject Shell's proposed takeover of U.K.-based BG Group; the deal was approved by the European Commission on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.