MADRID (AP) — Greenpeace on Thursday criticized Spain's government for towing a burning Russian fishing boat full of fuel out to sea after it caught fire in a Canary Islands port, saying the fuel oil in the ship that ended up sinking poses an environmental threat.
The group demanded that Spain make plans to extract about 1,400 metric tons of thick fuel oil from the Russian trawler Oleg Naydenov, which caught fire in port Saturday and was towed to sea as a precaution.
OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches off the coast of Louisiana. From an airplane, it's easy to see gas bubbles that mark the spot where an oil platform toppled during a 2004 hurricane, triggering what might be the longest-running commercial oil spill ever to pollute the Gulf of Mexico.
Yet more than a decade after crude started leaking at the site formerly operated by Taylor Energy Company, few people know of its existence. The company has downplayed the leak's extent and environmental impact.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Hundreds of villagers in central Vietnam blocked traffic on the country's main artery for hours to protest pollution from a coal-fired thermo power plant, a local official said Thursday.
Nguyen Thanh Sang in Binh Thuan province said Thursday that the villagers threw rocks, bricks and gasoline bombs at riot police who were trying to direct traffic Wednesday night. About 10 policemen suffered minor injuries.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who oversees settlement payments to people and businesses claiming economic losses as a result of BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says more than $5 billion has been paid out.
Patrick Juneau announced the milestone in a Wednesday news release, five days ahead of the disaster's fifth anniversary.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that a heavily criticized $225 million pollution settlement with New Jersey was reasonable and that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.
The settlement announced in March has drawn criticism from environmentalists and lawmakers in both parties who have said the state should have waited for a judge's ruling instead of settling for what they have a characterized as pennies on the dollar.
GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A group of environmentalists and elected officials renewed their call Tuesday for a broader cleanup of the upper-Hudson River as a final year of dredging looms.
General Electric Co. is scheduled to begin its sixth and expected final season of PCB dredging next month as part of a $2 billion federal Superfund project. Long-running calls for GE to dredge PCB "hot spots" outside the project's boundaries are taking on urgency because the company will dismantle the sprawling facility that treats the contaminated river sediments after dredging ends.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Gulf coast state of Tabasco has set up an emergency plan to supply drinking water to the capital of Villahermosa after oil thieves punctured a pipeline, contaminating rivers that normally supply the city.
The spill late last week sent workers with the state-owned oil company scrambling to limit damage, and four of Villahermosa's water treatment plants were shut down as a precaution.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The general manager of a Guatemalan mine has been jailed following a 2012 complaint about contamination of a river with mining residue.
General manager Carlos Roberto Morales was jailed on a judge's order Monday, pending further investigation. The San Rafael mine said in a statement that it does not negatively impact the environment and would appeal the judge's decision.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A fuel spill has spread over areas of Vancouver's picturesque English Bay, coating waters in an oily sheen, a Port Metro Vancouver spokesman said Thursday.
John Parker-Jervis said a bulk vessel that carries grain appears to have been the source of fuel that spilled into the bay Wednesday. The bay is surrounded by apartments, businesses and the city's jewel, Stanley Park.
A bill moving through the New Jersey Senate would require the state to get 80 percent of its energy from renewables by 2050, but it is unlikely to win approval from Republican Gov. Chris Christie, NJ Spotlight reports.
An American Petroleum Institute report detailing a drop in crude stocks sent oil prices soaring early Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude jumped $1.51 to $61.91 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained $1.36 to $68.88, Reuters reports.
The changes at the top for Saudi oil company Aramco, alongside a government reshuffle announced by King Salman last week, should help free the company from political interference, analysts have told Platts.
An ethics watchdog has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s Super PAC may be improperly obtaining information on voters in Iowa, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
The Alberta New Democratic Party that swept into power in the oil-rich Canadian province in Tuesday’s election favors increasing royalties on oil and gas production as well as higher corporate taxes, The Wall Street Journal reports.