NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
About 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the river after a tank barge pushed by the towboat Hannah C. Settoon collided with another towboat Saturday afternoon, officials said.
At least 30 vessels had been waiting for the river to reopen, Coast Guard Petty Officer Matthew Schofield said of the spill near Vacherie, about 50 west of New Orleans by land. No one was hurt, all vessels were subsequently secured and there were no reports of any wildlife harmed by spilled oil, the Coast Guard said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard has reopened all of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, though ships and other vessels must pass slowly near the site of a weekend oil spill.
About 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the river after a tank barge hit a towboat Saturday afternoon.
Petty Officer Matthew Schofield says the last 25-mile stretch downriver from the accident site was opened Monday afternoon. Forty miles from New Orleans toward Baton Rouge were opened earlier in the day.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remained closed at New Orleans on Monday following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil spilling from a barge.
Authorities involved in the cleanup and investigation planned a Monday morning conference call as they worked on estimates of how much oil spilled and when the river would re-open, a Coast Guard spokesman, Petty Officer Bill Colclough, said.
At last count Sunday night, the river closure affected 26 vessels — 16 waiting to go downriver and 10 waiting to go upriver.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP is pressing a federal court to disallow a $7.9 million Gulf oil spill claim awarded to a Louisiana law firm.
Friday's filing in New Orleans was a fresh development in a series of disputes involving the Andry Law Firm, BP and former FBI director Louis Freeh. Freeh was appointed last year to investigate the claims process.
In a report last September, Freeh said he found evidence that attorney Jon Andry and others tried to corrupt the settlement process, using a lawyer on the staff of claims administrator Patrick Juneau.
A meeting next month will set the ground rules for the penalty phase of the BP spill trial, a judge ordered Wednesday, and FuelFix reports that court filings appear to indicate that the company is arguing against prosecutor's attempts to set limits on it.
University of Maryland researchers said in a study that BP's "Beyond Petroleum" campaign, advertising the company as environmentally friendly, resonated with U.S. consumers, and regions with heavy advertisement were less likely to stop buying BP products in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf spill, FuelFix reports.
BP has still not offered enough evidence to prove it's a responsible contractor years after the Deepwater Horizon well blowout, the Justice Department said in a court filing opposing the company's attempts to resume bidding on U.S. government contracts, Bloomberg reports.
Patrick Juneau, in charge of handing out money for claims from the settlement in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, appears to be in BP's sights as the company fights to keep its costs from ballooning, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said the panel is close to an agreement on a package of measures to deal with the Ukraine crisis, including aid to Kiev and some targeted sanctions, Politico reports.
Ambassadors from four central European countries have written to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging them to move Congress to take action to loosen up natural gas exports in the face of the Ukraine crisis that has the potential to affect their gas supplies, The Hill reports.
The harsh winter of 2014 has seen many consumers slapped with higher electricity bills, but the retirement of coal-fired power plants to comply with new carbon regulations may stretch pocketbooks and power supplies further, The New York Times reports.
A report by grid operator the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says a combination of low temperatures, low wind and high demand nearly caused blackouts in the state on Jan. 6, noting the wholesale price for electricity that day hit the regulatory cap of $5,000 per megawatt hour for the first time, FuelFix reports.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ordered Hilcorp Energy Co. to stop drilling operations near Youngstown after three minor earthquakes were felt in the area Monday morning, The Vindicator reports.
Electricity entering California's grid that was generated from solar power hit a high of 4,093 megawatts on Saturday, setting a record for a second day in a row, according to the state's ISO, Reuters reports.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said it intends to investigate an incident Monday at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in northern Calif., where two contract workers received hospital treatment for acid burns, the second time in less than a month that has happened, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The European Union moved to suspend talks with Russia on plans to move ahead with completion of the South Stream natural gas pipeline and a plan to boost supplies flowing through the Nord Stream pipeline, Reuters reports.